Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Make Cheap Calls To Mobiles and Landlines Anywhere!

Ever been stuck overseas using only whatever WiFi hotspot you could find, just so you wouldn't get screwed by roaming charges while checking your emails, Facebook, WhatsApp or any other Apps? Of course you have, most of us have.

But did you know that, over WiFi, you could also make dirt cheap international phone calls, without even touching your phone bill, at all?

How? By using Yeloworld...well...actually...RingCredible, as you may have read in the news that Yeloworld has been acquired by RingCredible to give you even better rates, higher call quality, and no battery drain with up to 75% less data usage than the competitors.

Get the FREE RingCredible App for iPhone or Android and benefit from the cheapest calling rates to any mobiles and landlines worldwide, over WiFi, 3G or 4G, and start saving money on your phone bill!

Click HERE or scan the QR code below to download the App.

New user?
If you were not already a Yeloworld users, then after you get the RingCredible App, simply follow the easy registration steps. It won't take more than a few seconds to have you calling your loved ones overseas for up to 5 times cheaper than SkypeOut or your Network plan.

Existing Yeloworld user?
The transition from Yeloworld to RingCredible could not be smoother.

- Download the RingCredible App
- Press "Login"
- Press "Request a new password" (you'll receive a 4 digit code by SMS, enter it in the App, and you are ready to use RingCredible).

That's it! It's that simple!

Claim Your Bonus
One last thing! To celebrate the move from Yeloworld to RingCredible, we offer 30% extra call credit on your first topup.

After you get have registered successfully on the RingCredible App, just go to www.ringcredible.com/buy-credits/ and enter the promo code welcometoRC30 or click here.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Yeloworld is a Finalist for the 2013 Red Herring Top 100 Asia Award

Hong Kong - August 13, 2013 – Yeloworld announced today it has been selected as a finalist for Red Herring's Top 100 Asia award, a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the Asian business region.
Yeloworld is a finalist
at Red Herring Top 100 Asia

The Red Herring editorial team selected the most innovative companies from a pool of hundreds from across Asia. The nominees are evaluated on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technological innovation, quality of management, execution of strategy, and integration into their respective industries.
This unique assessment of potential is complemented by a review of company track records and standings, which allows Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable tool for discovering and advocating for the best business opportunities in the industry.
"Entrepreneurship in Asia has reached an inflexion point, and as a result Red Herring Asia 2013, has shifted into a new phase," said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. 
A second generation of entrepreneurs with CEO backgrounds is emerging and their execution skills and global ambitions lead to restless growth and amazing journeys. As importantly, we are seeing more companies from countries once absent from innovation circles. Yeloworld shows great promise and therefore deserves to be among the finalists. Now we’re faced with the difficult task of selecting the Top 100 winners of Red Herring Asia. We know that the 2013 crop will reward us for long and continued efforts in scouting disruptive companies in Asia. The wealth of talent and achievements displayed by Red Herring Asia finalists is an excellent predictor for the new world rising.
The finalists are invited to present their winning strategies at the Red Herring Asia Forum in Hong Kong, Sept. 3 to 5, 2013. The Top 100 winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony the evening of Sept. 5 at the event.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Yeloworld's Indiegogo Campaign Helps Shrink Your Telephone Bill

Yeloworld has launched an Indiegogo campaign today in order to put its smart low-cost calling App into the hands of 100,000 smartphone users by June and expand its low-cost calling App to other platforms.

The Yeloworld App currently offers low-cost calling to any mobile or fixed landline numbers in the world, to iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android users. But Yeloworld wants to expand rapidly to Blackberry and Window Mobile.
Yeloworld had a great start since the launch of its first suite of calling Apps for iOS and Android in January 2013, and it has already past the first milestone of 10,000+ downloads in a continuous effort to challenge the big established players such as SkypeOut, Google Voice, Rebtel and others with significantly lower rates for international calls.
In fact, Yeloworld is able to offer rates up to 5 times cheaper than SkypeOut in many destinations, making it a great alternative for international calling and a great App to use when roaming to avoid a shock bill on your return from a trip overseas.
Yeloworld was founded by a team of technology entrepreneurs with a track record of successful products and services in the mobile space. The team has used this experience and knowledge to create an attractive proposition to mobile users, who call internationally regularly, or who travel and were until now struggling to reduce their phone bill costs while roaming.
Yeloworld chose the global Indiegogo crowdfunding platform to boost its growth and launch the Yeloworld Apps for Blackberry and Windows Mobile and as a result increase its reach of smartphone users and attract 100,000 Yeloworld users by June .

“Our team has worked very hard in getting this far without external investment by boostrapping as much as possible. We are now engaging in long-term institutional investments, but we decided that crowdfunding was the most appropriate option for us right now in order to fulfill our immediate need. Bluntly put, we need funding to keep the lights on while we continue gathering great momentum, so that we are able to quickly create new jobs as a result.” said Philippe Joly, co-founder of Yeloworld.

The entire Yeloworld low-cost calling service is based on the belief that money can be spent on something more meaningful than a phone bill!

If you’re fed up with paying too much for international calls or when you are roaming abroad, then check the Yeloworld Indiegogo campaign and pledge away.

Every little bit helps! If you can contribute money then great, but help is not always monetary, so if you can’t help with funding at this point, there are many other ways you can contribute, for example by taking a few seconds to spread the word about Yeloworld and its Indiegogo campaign, or by sharing the campaign link on Facebook or Twitter, or by telling your friends, who may know someone, who knows someone, who knows someone, who may be able to help achieve the monetary goal of Yeloworld's Indiegogo campaign. 

Monday, 11 February 2013

Year of The Snake Predictions for The Telecom Market in 2013

We say goodbye to the Year of the Dragon and enter into the Year of the Snake, which is being celebrated all across Asia this week.

This is the only time of the year that Asia takes a break, so I took some time to reflect on the Telecom market and recent trends. Here are my predictions, in no particular order, on the trends that I see emerging and my views on what to expect in this New Year of the Black Snake 2013 for the Telecom market.

For those who haven’t noticed, there is a war currently going on. It is a soft war of course, but it is global and it affects all of us, every single one of the several billions of mobile subscribers and Internet users out there. The various telecom players are fighting, day in and day out to create, innovate, adapt, secure, defend or expand, in order to keep their edge in what is one of the fastest paced industries.
And this war is actually fueled by you and me, the consumers, who have become more savvy, demand more, and have also become more conscious about what we spend and how we spend it.  
2013 will be an interesting battlefield in the areas of Voice, Messaging and Data and the saying “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” seems very appropriate this year as we start to see some interesting alliances and shifts emerging, which will shape how mobile users will interact and communicate for years to come.

My Voice is gone…

Mobile network operators have been losing billions in revenues on Voice and Messaging. This significant decline in revenues is due to many factors, but let’s be fair…operators have also been cashing in very heavily and for many previous years, so it's time for cash to be changing hands, as both consumers and devices are becoming smarter, and new players join the game.

One of the factors that impacted seriously on the operators’ revenues was the arrival of alternatives ways for mobile subscribers to communicate with their friends and families either for free or for cheap.

The adoption of Social Media and OTT (Over The Top) services such as WhatsApp, weChat, Line, Skype, Rebtel, Yelo, Viber and others is on the rise and is directly linked to the growth of smartphones and tablets, which are shaping a favorable landscape for such new services and mobile VoIP (voice over internet protocol) in general.

"VoIP" used to be a forbidden word in the office of many giant telecom companies for a long time. It was the enemy, stealing money and customers from them. 

Operators have now realized that they had to live alongside VoIP, because VoIP is here to stay. They have been forced to diversify in other areas by finding new sources of revenues in mobile payments, cloud services, location-based services and many more.

Some operators are even launching their own VoIP services now. The latest to jump on the VoIP bandwagon was Etisalat, who launched Five, a VoIP calling card, last month.

I see mobile VoIP services continuing to rise and shine in 2013, as consumers are controlling their spending more, making VoIP an attractive alternative to the standard operator’s offering. 

But also because consumers have become more educated to mobile technology and have globalized their communication habits.

Roaming and international calls

Roaming and international calls are costly and many consumers are being fed up with feeling ripped off every time they make a phone call overseas or just turn on their phone when travelling abroad.

Everyone takes their mobile phone with them on holiday nowadays. In fact, mobile phones have become such an important part of our lives, both personal and professional, that it is just unthinkable to go anywhere without it, and it seems that a week holiday without phone would just be too stressful.

As defined by the GSMA, roaming is the ability of customers to use their mobile phones or other mobile devices outside the geographical coverage area provided by their normal network operator. In other words, when customers travel abroad and use their phones whilst on a foreign (“visited”) network, this is known as international roaming.

In such international roaming situations, consumers are building up charges very quickly every time they make calls, send SMS or connect to the internet from their device.

The list of charges is very long, but to give you a taste of what may end up on your bill when you are roaming, here are some of the charges involved for being on a “visited” network:

- Signalling network fees
- costs of handling and routing the roaming SMS back to the home network
- costs for sending the SMS to the receiver’s network
- Wholesale charge for using your phone on the visited network
- Cost for the international transit of the data
- Cost for connecting to the internet from the home network
- Data clearing house fees
- Commercial costs
- IT costs
- Prepay checks
- Retail costs and taxes on the home network

All of these charges of course are ending up on your phone bill. No wonder that we regularly see some horror stories in the News with phone bills high enough to buy a car or even a house.

No wonder also, that if the operators are unable (or unwilling) to satisfy the consumer’s demand for cheaper international calls and lower roaming charges, that other service providers will enter the market and give consumers what they want.

Consumer now have many alternatives and a wide choices of Apps and services that allow them to call worldwide for just a few cents and even allow them to call whilst roaming, without even touching their phone bill. Some even give free calls, texting or chat between users of the same App.

It seems that the market response to that problem was once again in the form of VoIP, so it makes me wonder if mobile VoIP is not the leading market trend to follow in 2013. Just a thought!

In my view, mobile VoIP has a long and prosperous future for as long as the operators’ charges remain so high. And after all, mobile VoiP will soon become a billion dollar market so it is logical that mobile VoIP players will want to continue playing in 2013 and for many years to come, leveraging on all available technologies to make the international calling experience better and cheaper for the consumers.

Operators need to adapt to this threat to their revenues, but they now have to play along nicely, as their early-days old-school tactics of retaining packets of data to "sabotage" the quality of calls and make the VoIP providers look bad are no longer acceptable. Many operators begin to offer special deals for international callers and launch special Apps specifically designed for travelers. So I wouldn't be surprised if 2013 saw some alliances emerge between operators and mobile VoIP providers.

Data…thou shalt be King

Data is quickly becoming king as devices become more capable, and mobile subscribers use their phones more in order to stay informed, entertain themselves, work, communicate and create. 

We are now all heavy consumers of data and whoever will be able to control the data, will rule and bear a chance to win, if not the war, a very important battle.

As the faster successor to 3G, 4G makes its debut though, I have mixed feelings. I fear that 4G networks may actually not benefit the consumer as much as they could because many countries are rolling out monetization strategies that phase out unlimited data plans.

So if the operators use 4G as an opportunity to monetize their data plans and impose too many restrictions and limitations to the data usage, I predict that they will drive consumers away to cheaper or even free alternatives such as WiFi or other data services.

WiFi is booming and free WiFi, in particular, is fast growing, giving hungry consumers easy access to the Internet on the go and satisfy they need for heavy data consumption, from emails to photos, videos, and so on.

There are some barriers to using WiFi of course, from security holes to tedious registration processes to simply check an email, but overall WiFi seems to have more Pros than Cons and consumers are welcoming it.

Devices also adopted WiFi in more or less successful ways, so that anyone with a smartphone can nowadays connect via WiFi in a growing network of hotspots, either free or paying, that mushrooms across every city in the world.

I think that we are still early in the adoption of alternative data sources, but once it matures, and this may be sooner than we think, these alternative data services will put another very serious dent into the operator’s revenues.

Blackberry understood that if you can’t beat them, join them

The smartphone battle has been played in recent years between Google's Android and Apple's iOS. each of them battling it out aggressively to take the lead.

Samsung is continuing its growth, and begins to make Apple wonder whether it is still the coolest kid on the block.

Apple is looking at numbers and starts to understand that China, with its large scale, may be the key ally needed to win the war against Samsung and stay on top of the game.

So there is a lot of movement on the smartphone battlefield, but where is Blackberry in all that?
Did Blackberry become a mere spectator?

It seems that the desire to develop Apps for Blackberry is fading out, as the focus is clearly on Android and iOS. But the demand for Apps by consumers is far from fading out. So how can RIM get out of this situation? 

Well, as I said earlier, 2013 is the year of “keeping your enemies closer” so Blackberry chose a smart way out by adopting third party software allowing Android Apps to be repackaged for the new BlackBerry 10, and leveraging on the consumers and developers’ growing appetite for Apps and content.

This is a smart move for RIM to remain a serious player in the smartphone game.

While Blackberry 10 is not adopting the Android OS as such, it still allows Android apps to work on the BB devices and therefore gives the BB users the Android apps that they've always wanted, but without letting them leave Blackberry for another Android device.

RIM made a bold but smart move which I think will allow them to keep their traditionally faithful BB users, who were beginning to desperately need a good reason to stay. It will be interesting to see how BlackBerry performs in 2013. Early figures show that the didn't make a false start at all, far from it, so let's see if they manage to keep up for the whole race.

Year of The Snake…Fire under Water!

Making long-term forecast in the telecom industry is a lost battle and everyone who has ever tried to guess volumes or numbers too far ahead, was wrong. For this reason, I kept my predictions very short term, as the industry is simply too fast-paced, dynamic and full of surprises.

Consumers are more unpredictable than before. Anybody, who says that he foresaw a Korean pop song breaking the billion views barrier on YouTube, is a liar.

Consumers love and hate much quicker than before, and many people, me included, are still trying to figure out what makes them tick.

Steve Job’s best legacy to us was not only the iPhone or the iPad, but the concept of Apps and App Stores, which have completely revolutionized the way we do everything on our mobile. And that revolution means that it is now possible to build a viable business with just a simple App.

Developers have become more adventurous and creative too, which makes the market highly unpredictable and a simple game such as Temple Run can come out of the blue and drive tens of millions of users crazy and addicted in a matter of weeks.

So in my prediction, the new Year of the Snake is a year of fire under water, a year of unpredictability. I think that 2013 will have more surprises coming out of both established players and new startups and developers, who have now all the tools available to shake the telecom market, which is in fact asking for it too.

Will the war end in 2013. No! App-solutely not! (see what I did there? :) )

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

The VoIP War is On

Over the past couple of years, VoIP applications have exploded in popularity as a response to carriers charging over-expensive rates, especially for international calls, and mobile users being tired of feeling ripped-off any time they make a call overseas or turn their phone on while traveling abroad (roaming).

With the fast growth of smartphones, led by the iOS and Android platforms, as well as the concept of Apps that revolutionized the way mobile users get access to new services and communicate with each other, it is natural to see new Apps flourishing on the market to specifically address the demand for lower costs of communications, whether voice or text.

Skype pioneered the VoIP market and has been very successful, attracting hundreds of millions of users and establishing a strong brand for free calling between Skype users. The mobile Apps took it a step further adding mobility to the formula, allowing people to make free calls from their mobiles, on the go.

There is no doubt that Skype is still one of the most popular Apps on the Apple app store, but in recent years, it has been joined by other popular Apps such as Fring, Viber and Line, also allowing two users of the same App to make free calls to each other.  

A similar trend for free texting or chat saw the rise of successful Apps such as WhatsApp, weChat, Oovoo, and Line, letting users of the same App text, chat or IM each other for free, from their mobiles.

There is an obvious limitation of all these applications of course and it is the fact that they are limited to people within the same circle, communicating with each other. In other words, people using an App x talking or texting to people using the same App x.

But what happens when you need to call someone on a fixed landline, a home, an office, a bank?

And what about calling non-smartphone users or people you do not know, people who are not in your contact list?

And what about calling your family back home on their old basic phone?

With several billions of mobile phone and fixed line users out there (who are not on Viber, Line, Skype, WhatsApp, weChat and so on), being able to call normal phones either locally or overseas is still a heavy need for mobile users.

This need was originally answered by prepaid calling cards, which gave migrant communities a cheap way to make international calls, at the cost of a very inconvenient process of typing long sequences of digits, # and * keys.

Beating the network operators on price for international calls is relatively easy as they are so way out of the reasonable range, charging sometimes several Euros per minute for an international call.

But as the discounted calls market emerged, so did VoIP services, and "the VoIP war" officially started between various providers such as Skype, Google Voice, Footalk, Vonage, Rebtel, Truphone, Jajah and many others, all battling for offering cheaper calling rates to end users.

A new calling App launched in 2013 is taking that price drop even a step further and is about to steal the show by providing extremely competitive rates (4 to 5 times cheaper than SkypeOut on some destinations). 

The app is called Yelo and it offers iPhone, iPad and Android users, cheaper international calls with crystal clear call quality.

Unlike many other services, Yelo does not require the interlocutor to own a smartphone, or have any Apps installed, as it allows users to call any phone, including basic handsets and landlines to over 200 countries. Yelo works over Wifi and 3G or 4G and is available to iOS users and Android users. A version for Blackberry 10 is also being rolled out soon. (visit http://www.yeloworld.com for details)

Since its launch, Yelo has made some noise and is growing very fast, making Yelo a serious contender for winning the lowest price battle for international calls, allowing its users to call France, Germany, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Bangladesh, UK, USA, Moldova, Romania, Russia and 200 other countries at discounted rates starting at less than 1 cent per minute.

Calls to mobiles especially become extremely interesting with Yelo. As an example, the 2.5 million French people living outside of France can call their friends and family on their mobiles in France for just 4ct/min (versus 16.9ct/min with SkypeOut for the same call).

Because Yelo is not relying solely on VoIP technology, it is able to provide a call quality similar to that offered by the carrier themselves, giving a good long-distance calling experience to its users, who can now call across the globe and enjoy a call quality as good as, if not better than, the same call dialed directly via the operator, but at a fraction of the price.

Generally speaking, call quality has not always been the best selling point for VoIP calls providers, as voice calls across the globe via VoIP have been a rather inconsistent experience for the user. This inconsistency in quality has several causes, the VoIP technology itself is probably one of them, and another one is perhaps that VoIP calls still depend heavily on the mood of the giant telecom operators, who frown upon VoIP and sometimes use “sabotage” tactics on the transfer of voice data to worsen the quality of a VoIP call, leaving the user think that the VoIP provider is responsible for the bad quality of the call. This was one of the early tactics used to try to kill Skype’s fast growing popularity in the early days.

While completely unethical, as well as illegal, it is understandable that operators panicked when they saw that VoIP was beginning to seriously eat up on their revenues. 

And to make things worse, when more savvy users make calls over wifi, it hurts the operator’s bottom line ever more as users practically make calls without even touching their phone bill.

But VoIP and low cost calling is now a reality and a maturing market that operators need to count with.

"If you can't beat them, join them", as they say, so operators start to see partnership opportunities with VoIP services and some start to even roll out their own VoIP services, as recently did Etisalat in the UAE launching a VoIP service called Five (VoIP calling card).

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Are Smartphones Thinking Too Much?

Everyone would agree that mobile phones have revolutionized the way we communicate, entertain and inform, and just when we thought we had seen it all, along came the smartphone, with just more features, more apps, better user experience, good quality mobile browsing, always connected and taking that revolution to the next level, turning our phone into the one thing that we cannot live without…the one thing many people would take to a desert island (even though it would be rather pointless there).

So while there is no doubt that smartphones are doing a lot of smart things, they are also doing a lot of “not so smart” things that we are unaware of, constantly trying to figure out stuff in the background, even when we are not using our phone.

On one occasion, I crossed the border with my phone on and as soon as I arrived to my destination, I started receiving all the usual SMS (3 or 4 too many in my opinion) from my host operator telling me that I was welcome. I didn’t think much of it at the time, until 5 hours later, I received a phone call from my operator back home, telling me that I had already reached some data transfer limit and that these 5 hours had already cost me 150$. I had not used my phone during this time, apart from one odd SMS or two, BUT my mistake was to cross a border with my smartphone on. My phone started doing what smart things do, they think, search, locate, adapt etc…resulting in a huge cost on my phone bill.

All that thinking smartphones are doing is rarely hurting the operator, who is cashing in heavily in the process.  But consumers should be aware of certain things especially when travelling with their phones.

Data roaming is your worst enemy and it should always be switched off as a rule of thumb when travelling. Then, once you are savvy enough, you can turn it on and off as you wish, but this needs to be a manual process decided by the mobile user, not by the “not so smart” phone who suddenly ramps up an astronomical bill for you…well it’s not the phone’s fault really, as it was simply trying to help you by telling you that you were now in a different country (which you knew already) and had just passed a McDonald’s and maybe wanted to check in with your App (which you didn’t want to) and so on. A bit like Microsoft office formatting things on your behalf because of course you wanted that sentence in bold and centered and in that font size (which of course you didn’t).

An Australian woman returned home after a 9 weeks holiday in Europe and got a bill for $150,000.

She was travelling, so her smartphone kept changing visiting networks, and scanning for new location-based services or content, to “help” her. And she also made calls, but she didn’t know anything about the roaming principle, which is “your visiting network does not care about you WHATSOEVER” so the various networks passed ALL the charges to her home network operator, who passed them on back to her, of course.

The connections between operators during a roaming situation can be very complex and your call may transit through a lot of various operators before reaching your interlocutor, and guess what? Each one of these transits is charged to you so you will pay a few dollars per minute when calling from abroad, while the same call would cost just cents normally.

Another extreme phone bill was that of an Orange customer in the UK, who was hit with two bills amounting to nearly £20,000. The bill was later waived by the operator, who said it was due to a “fault” in the customer’s device, which kept sending and receiving vast amounts of data unexpectedly. In this case, it could have been truly a hardware fault, but the reality is that smartphones are thinking way too much. Because they are always online, they keep connecting, sending and receiving data all the time, to update software, look for your location, check the apps’ version, checking for new emails and many more things.

The absolute record phone bill is too funny to leave out of this post. If someone received a bill for a billion dollars, would that make you laugh? Well think one million times more, as last year, a French woman received a phone bill asking her for 11,721,000,000,000,000 Euros (that’s a quadrillion, a high enough number already itself, but as a phone bill, it is just hilarious). Of course the bill was waived and was due to some glitch in the system.

Making phone calls doesn’t have to be expensive and why is it that when you travel, or call abroad, the cost suddenly multiplies by ten?

Fortunately, there are some smart ways out there to make cheap calls anywhere in the world and shrink that phone bill.

The Yelo App for iPhone, iPad and Android allows you to call any phones, "smart or not" as well as landlines in over 200 countries, with extremely low rates, way cheaper than your mobile network operator, cheaper than your IDD service, and even up to 5 times cheaper than SkypeOut and other providers for some destinations.

Start using Yelo for making international calls and save money on your phone bill!

Visit http://www.yeloworld.com for more details.

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Monday, 4 February 2013

The 5 Mobile Apps Your Mobile Operator Does Not Want You To Know About

How to Reduce Your Mobile Cost and Prevent Bill Shock

Ever got a shock bill on your return from a relaxing holiday? Frustrated by your ever increasing telephone bill? It happens to all of us.

Take this scenario, suitcases are packed, holidays here I come. It all starts very well and you enjoy a relaxing trip abroad. Then you come back smiling until you see an unpleasant surprise waiting for you in your mailbox...an enormous bill from your mobile network operator asking you for a fortune for having used your phone overseas. 

"But I bearly used your phone?!?" you may wonder. This is true, but your smartphone has been synchronizing emails, updating Apps, and you have made the occasional call to friends and family back home as well as texting, and your kids have been texting (SMS) their friends too.

The point is that, no matter how much you have used your phone, if you have a smartphone and you happen to call overseas, or travel abroad and finding yourself in roaming situations, then you risk pilling up costs and returning to a huge phone bill.

But the good news is that there are a few apps on the market that will allow you to make cheap calls, eliminate texting (SMS) cost, and allow you to have free mobile data access.

Here is a list of smartphone apps that will help you save money. These are the best-kept secrets around, and your mobile network operator does not want you to know about them.

The first one, is not such a secret anymore and you probably heard of it, but you may not realize how helpful this little app may be to your wallet.

1. WhatsApp – Free SMS

The first App that will save you money is called WhatsApp. WhatsApp allows you to never pay for your texting (SMS) anymore. This is a cross platform (iOS/Android/..) allowing you to send instant messages to all of your contacts that also have WhatsApp. WhatsApp is used by >200 million users globally, WhatsApp is a paid app ($0.99). To download the app: www.whatsapp.com

2. Yelo – Cheap Calls Worldwide

Roaming, international calls, long distance, phone cards? Your answer to reduce calling cost is Yeloworld. It is considered the best calling app. With Yelo, users will save up to over 90% compared to leading operators and service providers such as Vodafone, AT&T, T-Mobile, SkypeOut, Jajah, Google Voice and Rebtel. These really cheap calls have great quality so you will never feel like you should pay more for all of your calling needs. With Yeloworld you can make cheap calls to mobile phones and even landlines globally (>200 countries). To download the free app (iOS/Android): www.yeloworld.com

3. Onavo – Reduce Mobile Data

Onavo is another money saving app. This app will really help you to save on your data usage. Onavo can help you to reduce your data usage (30-50%) by using advanced data compression. As most operators are moving to a maximum data usage (mb) on the mobile data plan, whereby you have to pay for the extra usage, Onavo ensures you get the most out of your dataplan. To download the app: www.onavo.com

4. Fon – Free Mobile Data

Fon is a must-have app, that will allow you to stop paying for mobile data. Fon gives you free access to 7 million WiFi hotspots across the world.  All you need to do is locate a Fon hotspot and you will have free internet. All it requires for you is to become a Fon member by buying a Fon router (Fonera). Fon has been signing deals with BT, MTS, Oi, SFT and other operators, so expect them to get coverage in all major countries in the next years. To download the app: www.fon.com

5. WeFi – Free Hotspots

The fifth and final app is called WeFi. This is an app that will again help you to get free data on your smartphone. This app has about 100 million Wi-Fi hotspots in their database. To download the app: www.wefi.com

The above mobile apps will help you to reduce on your mobile cost, while getting the maximum out of it. A last tip is to always check on how to manually switch off mobile data or calling on your phone when you start your travel or how to switch back to your own operator when returning from travel. Smartphones nowadays are very smart, but somehow not smart enough to ask you whether you would like to switch off mobile data or calling when you are in roaming (not on a network of your operator). Or is this the killing feature for operators to enjoy enormous margins?