Tuesday, 29 January 2013

6 billion reasons to use Yelo!

Some facts about mobile phones in numbers...
According to market research, at the end of 2012 the estimated number of mobile cellular subscriptions was around 5,9 billion and there were over 1,1 billion fixed telephone lines.

Strategy Analytics (Oct 2012) calculated that at the end of 2012 the number of smartphones in use worldwide reached 1.038 billion units with Android and Apple iOS accounting for the significant majority of the global smartphone installed base in 2012. 

What does this mean?
It means that out of the 6 billion mobile phones subscribers worldwide, only just over 1 billion are smartphones and there is another 1 billion fixed landlines. This means about 7 billion phone numbers, out of which only about 1 billion are on smartphones.

What can we conclude? 
We can conclude that while all the fancy services and Apps that allow either to call or text for free between smartphone users of the same App are great for the user's wallet, they are also heavily outnumbered by the number of normal feature phones and fixed landlines out there.

The media tends to increase the importance of smartphones and of the iPhone in particular, but the truth is that about 70% of handsets sold globally in 2011 were not smartphones, and over 90% of all phones sold were not iPhones. This trend is fast changing and smartphones are growing fast, but the fact remains that there are a lot more mobile numbers and fixed landlines that are outside of the smartphone world.

Why should we care?
We should care because no matter how many millions or hundreds of millions of users applications such as Viber, WhatsApp, Skype, Line, weChat and others have, there are still about 6 billion other phone numbers that can still not be called for free.

In fact, most popular free calling apps only limit the "FREE" part to users of the same App communicating between themselves, in other words someone using an App x talking or texting to someone also using the same App x.

But what happens when you need to call someone on a fixed landline, or an office, or a consulate, or a bank? And what about calling non-smartphone users or people you do not know and are not in your contact list?

There are 6 billion mobile phone numbers and fixed landline numbers out there that you need to call as well from time to time.



And if we cannot call these 6 billion numbers for free, then why not call them for cheap?

This is where the new Yelo App for iOS and Android comes into play.

With rates significantly cheaper than the network operators and services such as SkypeOut in many countries, Yelo is the best and cheapest way to make international calls, especially to mobile phones. Yelo offer rates up to 4 times cheaper in many countries e.g. France, UK, Germany, just to name a few (also see our other post on How to make an International call without even touching your phone bill).

Everyone is talking about Yelo

"30 Best Android Apps This Week"
- The Guardian - 

"New Android App worth downloading"
- Appolicious / Yahoo Tech News - 

"Yelo targets Skype"
- Telecompaper - 

Download the Yelo app for free in all major app stores and start making cheap calls worldwide. Yelo covers over 200 destinations at low-cost.

You can download the Yelo App from Google Play for Android and the Apple App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It is also available on Handster.comSlideme.orgGetjar.com and more.

Visit yeloworld.com for details.



Monday, 28 January 2013

The secret of cheap international calls revealed!

Voice calls and SMS have been cash cows for mobile network operators for decades, but now mobile users realize that they can shrink their phone bill considerably by simply using the right App for calling or texting.

Making free calls is made possible with services like Skype or Apps like Viber or Line, which allow 2 users of the same App to make free calls between themselves. Sending free text messages or chat is also made possible with Apps such as WhatsApp, weChat or Line, just to name a few, but again only between users of the same App.

While this is all great for the mobile user's wallet, it is limited to people within the same circle communicating between themselves, 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, or an office, or a consulate, or a bank? And what about calling non-smartphone users or people you do not know and are not in your contact list?

There are several billions of mobile phone numbers and fixed landline numbers out there that you need to call as well from time to time.

International calling has become a reality and people now need to call anyone, anywhere in the world, but unfortunately, this is also where our phone bill gets hit the most.

Roaming charges scandals make the headlines regularly, people returning home after a relaxing holiday getting phone bills of a few thousand dollars is happening very often to the point that some regulators are putting in place measures to slow down the milking by the operators of poor unaware mobile users calling overseas or traveling abroad.

The secret to making cheap calls to anyone, anywhere in the world, no matter what phone or App they have, lies in using the right Application for your phone.

We'll look at 4 main services, and we'll compare them for calling mobile numbers in various countries.

SkypeOut vs. Google Voice vs. Rebtel vs. Yelo

Who is the cheapest to call mobiles overseas?




The result is somehow interesting.

A call to a mobile in France with Yelo is 4 times cheaper than SkypeOut, 3 times cheaper than Rebtel and twice cheaper than Google Voice, which is considered to be super cheap already.

Similar differences can be seen when calling the UK or Germany. So there it is...

The secret for making cheap international calls is...Yelo!

By using the Yelo App for iPhone, iPad or Android for making international calls, you will shrink your phone bill considerably. But don't take our word for it, try Yelo for FREE.


You can download the Yelo App from Google Play for Android and the Apple App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It is also available on other app stores such as Handster.comSlideme.orgGetjar.com and more.


Visit yeloworld.com for details.



Everyone is talking about Yelo

"30 Best Android Apps This Week"
- The Guardian - 

"New Android App worth downloading"
- Appolicious / Yahoo Tech News - 

"Yelo targets Skype"
- Telecompaper - 


Dialing a phone number in international format explained

Before mobile phones became popular, dialing a phone number in an international format was not as widespread as it is nowadays, and logically many people are now getting confused in what the international format of a phone number actually is.

We are being asked all the time to put our phone number in that international format, either when registering on a website or when using a texting application such as WhatsApp, weChat or Line, or when using any applications for calling such as SkypeOut, Rebtel, Google Voice or Yelo.

The reason is that in order for the application to connect you with the person you are calling, it needs to know in which country that person's number is.

A simple reason is that a same number 123456789 may exist in many countries and as there are now billions of phone numbers out there, the international format was created as a sort of categorization by country to make it easier to connect people.

Let's clarify that international format once and for all and remove the confusion for many mobile users.

In many countries a local phone number or a mobile number have a leading 0 in front of the actual number for example 01987654321 or 02987654321 or 07987654321 etc.

The start of the number acts as an area code and is helping operators to connect the call faster, but these numbers are not in the international format.

How to recognize a phone number in international format?

It's pretty simple. You will recognize a phone number in the international format if it starts with a + or a 00 (not a single 0).

The rule of thumb for the international format of any phone number whatsoever is that it starts with + or 00, followed by the country code, followed by the number without the leading 0.

+ (or 00) [country code] [number without leading 0]

Say you want to dial the following number in France 01987654321 in the international format.
You would need to dial it this way +331987654321 (33 being the country code for France).
You could also dial it this way 00331987654321 as the + and 00 can usually be both used in the international format. However, note that + is preferred to avoid confusion with the leading 0 often present in a local number.

What you already know:
- You usually know the number you want to call
- You know that the international format is + (or 00) [country code] [number without leading 0]

What you may not know:
- You may not know the country code of the number you are dialing

The country codes can be 1 digit only (like the United States +1), or 2 digits (like France +33) or 3 digits (like Hong Kong +852).


List of Country codes:
Here is a list of some country codes. A full list of country dialing codes can be found on the dedicated wikipedia page.

United States  +1
France  +33
Germany  +49
Italy +39
China  +86
Egypt  +20
UK  +44
Ireland  +353
Greece +30
The Netherlands  +31
Spain  +34
Hong Kong  +852
Australia  +61
Singapore  +65
Malaysia  +60
Oman  +968
Kuwait  +965
Albania  +355
Romania  +40
Russia  +7

Happy calling!

For cheap international calling, use the Yelo App and save money on your phone bill!

You can download the Yelo App from Google Play for Android and the Apple App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It is also available on other app stores such as Handster.comSlideme.orgGetjar.com and more.

Visit yeloworld.com for details.



Sunday, 27 January 2013

Calling cards are so 1990...How to make cheap international calls in 2013!

Calling cards have been around for decades, and were an early solution for migrant communities to make cheap calls overseas. They appeared way before anyone knew about the iPhone, Android, or the concept of Apps and App stores.

You would go to the store and buy a prepaid international calling card. You would then scratch the back of the card to reveal a unique number, and then dial a sequence of # keys and * keys followed by a long 12 digit numbers and then finally the phone number you wanted to call.


You would agree that it is not a very user friendly process and can become quite tedious when you need to do this every time you make a call. Also you never know how much money you have left on your card.

Nowadays, fortunately there are much more convenient ways to make cheap calls to anyone, anywhere in the world.

Viber is an app that allows you to make calls between users of the Viber App for free, which is great but the limitation is obvious: not everyone you are calling is on Viber.

Skype is great for calling from computer to computer, Skype user to Skype user. You can also use the Skype App for your phone, but again, not everyone you need to call is on Skype or is online. Skype introduced prepaid credits for calling outside of the Skype world: SkypeOut. While it is for the most part cheaper than your operators, it is not that cheap compared to other services.

Cheaper services such as Google Voice and Rebtel just to name a few, offer rates lower than SkypeOut for most destinations, BUT...a new App called Yelo has hit the App stores and makes it even cheaper for users to call overseas and sometimes without even touching their phone bill at all (see post "How I made international calls without even touching my phone bill !!!"), which can be a life saver while roaming abroad with your data roaming switched off.

The Yelo app is a great calling App for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, which allows you to call anyone, anywhere, for very cheap. When calling mobile numbers in particular, the difference between Yelo and the other providers can become quite interesting:



Yelo in the media...

"30 Best Android Apps This Week"
- The Guardian - 

"New Android App worth downloading"
- Appolicious / Yahoo Tech News - 

"Yelo targets Skype"
- Telecompaper - 


Yelo can be downloaded from Google Play for Android and the Apple App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It is also available on other app stores such as Handster.comSlideme.orgGetjar.com and more.

Visit yeloworld.com for details.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

How I made international calls without even touching my phone bill !!!

When travelling abroad, making calls can cost a lot of money, so an advice you often hear is to turn off your data roaming to avoid pilling up roaming charges and returning to a horror phone bill when you go back home.

An Australian woman, who was on a long vacation across Europe learned this the hard way. She made calls and used her phone to browse the internet, find places, read news and so on. When she came back home, she was expecting a large bill, but she wasn't expecting a shock phone bill of $150,000.

Here is how I traveled across Asia and made many international phone calls without even touching my phone bill.

First, I turned off my data roaming. Then, I connected my phone to the Wifi of the hotel and whatever hotspot I could find. Then, using my new best App ever for calling, Yelo, I was able to dial normal phone numbers and called my family back in France for over 2 hours, without touching my phone bill, simply using my prepaid credits in my Yelo application.

For 2 hours of conversation from China to France, while roaming, I spent less than 1 Euro.
I also called people on their mobiles in Hong Kong and Singapore from various places (Thailand, China, Malaysia) for about 1.3ct/min.

There are many apps that allow you to call people over Wifi, this is not new. In fact, some apps even allow you to call people for free in some cases e.g. Skype, Viber, Line...just to name a few. But the catch is that you can only call for free between users of the same app, say Skype user to Skype user, Viber user to Viber user or Line user to Line user, for example.

What about calling regular numbers, people, who do not have the same App, or do not not own a smartphone, or even calling fixed lines such as banks, consulates, offices, or when you call grandma, who doesn't know what a mobile phone is (bless her)?

Well...I used to call with SkypeOut, buying some prepaid credits and calling with the Skype Application on my phone using those credits. It was good and it was cheaper than my network operator or any IDD services I could subscribe to. BUT...it was still not very cheap.

I was calling mobiles in France for 16.9ct/min. So for a 30min call, I was spending over 5 Euros.

With my new Yelo app by Yeloworld, I am now making the same call to mobiles in France for 4ct/min. So for a 30 min call, I now spend just over 1 Euros.

By connecting over the Wifi and using an app like Yelo, you achieve a few good things:

1. You are not touching your phone bill
2. You save your battery life compared to 3G connection
3. You can call even when you do not have good phone coverage
4. You save a lot of money in local and international calls
































Get Yelo for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android, in all major App stores Apple App StoreGoogle PlayGetjarHandster and more.

Visit www.yeloworld.com for details.



How I turned cheap calls into an iPad!!!

By using the right calling App to make international calls or make calls while roaming, you can save A LOT of money and shrink your phone bill considerably.

Here is the story of Marie and how she got herself a brand new iPad, all paid for with the money she saved on her phone bill, without even reducing the amount of calls she was making, and she called a lot.

Marie is French and she went to study in Los Angeles. She is very close to her family back home in Paris so she used to call her mum or dad in France, on their cellphone (well...many modern family don't even have a landline anymore), for about 30min per day, using SkypeOut.

Her dad was not too happy about it, as she was spending 30*0.169*365 = 1850.55 euros per year.

Then, Marie discovered a new App called Yelo for iOS and Android.
We'll see this app in more details later, but let's see first how this little App helped Marie.

She installed Yelo and continued to call her Mum and Dad on their cellphones in France for 30min per day, but with the Yelo app this time instead of SkypeOut. 

She was now spending only 30*0.04*365 = 438 euros per year.

With the difference, 1412.55 euros, that she saved on her phone bill, she bought herself...a new iPad.

During times like the ones we live in right now, every penny starts to count and people need to scrutinize their phone bill in more details nowadays.

One of the first providers to jump on the bandwagon of VoIP and international calling and then paved the way for all the others, was Skype.

Skype has traditionally been used for making free calls from Skype user to Skype user and this suits many scenarios for many people. However, users also need to call regular phone numbers sometimes, mobiles or fixed landlines either locally or worldwide, so Skype then offered a solution called SkypeOut. You buy credits and you use those credits to make calls at rates that are cheaper than your network operator. 

And this was great, until new providers joined the game with cheaper prices, Google Voice, Rebtel, Vonage...just to name a few.

In 2013, a new App has arrived and is the new challenger in the cheap calls war, as it offers rates cheaper than the above mentioned providers, making it the ideal App to have for anyone making a lot of international calls, especially to mobile numbers, or travelling overseas and making calls while roaming abroad.

The App is called Yelo, as in a mix of "Yes" and 'Hello" that you often hear when people pick up the phone saying "Yelo!". The Yelo App is available in all App stores for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android. It allows users to make very cheap international calls to mobiles and landlines to over 200 countries.

You are thinking...hmm is this like Viber? No!

Yelo acts as a normal phone call so the recipient of the call does not even need to own a smartphone, be online or download any applications whatsoever. You are calling them on their normal regular phone number, thus making cheap calls to pretty much any phones in the world, including basic handsets and landlines.


But let's compare Yelo with the main players for international calls:




Wow! Instead of spending 20ct/min when calling your mates in the UK you can spend 10 times less, and calling mobiles in France, like Marie did, starts at just 4ct/min.

So when comparing international calls to mobiles, the difference is clear, Yelo is cheaper.

What about landlines? Well...calls to landlines are very cheap in general so the differences between providers are less obvious as providers are battling in tenth of cents.

But as an example, Yelo's rate to a landline in France is only 0.7ct/min. It is hard to compete with a low rate like that. This means over 2h20 worth of calls for just 1 euro, and this is while calling internationally from thousands of miles away, to the other side of the world.

The Yelo application works with either your normal 3G/4G mobile network connection or over Wifi.

Tip: If you are travelling and you have turned off your data roaming, simply connect to any WiFi hot spot in a coffee shop, or at the hotel, and then make normal phone calls anywhere in the world, without even touching your phone bill, using only the credits you topped up in your Yelo application.




Get Yelo for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android, in all major App stores Apple App Store, Google PlayGetjar, Handster and more.

Visit www.yeloworld.com