Truphone extends ‘roaming’ to 66 countries


MVNO extends its service which offers local numbers and reduced calling rates to a further 58 countries

Truphone has extended its service with the launch of Truphone World, which offers calls, texts and data bundles to 66 countries.

The service allows users to hold up to eight international numbers on a single SIM and allow contacts from each particular country to call them on a local number at local calling rates.

The Truphone service, which received a £70 million investment from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich last year, is available to both business and consumers, although the majority of users are currently on the enterprise side.

The firm has refused to give any figures on subscriber numbers or revenues but Abramovich’s 23.3 per cent stake in the firm would have valued it at around £280 million in February 2013. It claims to have a number of FTSE 100 companies as its customers.

It also runs a VoIP service called Tru App which allows users to make calls and instant message over the internet via their mobile device.

Seeking to capitalise on the forthcoming roaming regulations which will outlaw roaming charges in the EU, Truphone chief executive officer Steve Robertson said businesses “urgently need to bring down the cost of roaming”.

He added: “Waiting 18 months for limited EU roaming regulations to come into force isn’t enough for businesses competing in the global economy. As of now, Truphone business customers get these benefits and more in the EU, plus the rest of Europe as well as many of the major business centres around the world.”

Countries included in the new offer include Brazil, Singapore, China, Japan, and Mexico. Bespoke packages for calls, texts and data are available through the Truphone website.


  1. Roaming is going to be scrapped in the EU (28 countries) where the vast majority of calls are made from December 15, 2015 which means Truphone will no longer be a great deal.