Roamer, a Latvian-founded startup offering apps for avoiding roaming charges, has announced that they have raised $1.3 million from investors such as Richard Frank, founder of Dialaphone, and other leading telco industry veterans (who remain private). The company has also unveiled a major update to their app.
The service is already available in more than 200 countries and claims more than 205K users, but Roamer co-founder Simon Rabin says that this latest round will enable them to broaden their platform and reach a more mainstream audience. The company intends to launch a SIM-card delivery service for popular tourist destinations, which will allow users to purchase a data connection within the Roamer apps.
The service works by allowing users to link their usual phone number to a local SIM card, regardless of where they are. With this latest update to their apps, available on Android and iOS, the company says that users can call using Wi-Fi and avoiding the need to switch SIM cards.
One possible advantage of this service is that, unlike with VoIP clients, users at home do not need to download or install any special program or software in order to make calls to those using Roamer abroad. The app is free to download and users then top up their accounts in order to pay as they go.