Tel Aviv-based mobile developer Travee looks to eliminate the confusion (and high prices) surrounding making or receiving phone calls when traveling abroad. Its new Travee mobile VoIP app on Android allows travelers to make and receive calls using their regular phone number.
The Travee Android app is available to download for free on Google Play. Once downloaded, users simply open the app and “activate” it to begin forwarding calls to the app over any data connection. So long as the app is activated, users can make and receive phone calls using their existing mobile number.
Travee supports free incoming calls, but does charge what it calls “super low cost” rates for outbound calls to both local numbers and back to the user’s home country. The app also supports free calls and messages to other Travee app users. Travee works even in cases where the user switches to a local SIM card when they are out of the country.
Travee tells Inside Mobile Apps that there are currently no plans to ever charge for incoming calls, but the company of course reserves the right to change this policy in the future.
“We created [Travee] to improve the communication experience when people travel abroad. We hope to give travelers a solution that is hassle free, simple, and keeps them available even when they are on the other side of the globe,” says CEO Gideon Ziegelman, in a company statement. “In an age where we already have a ﬁngerprint identity sensor on phones, taking your personal number with you wherever you go, just shouldn’t be an issue.”
Travee is currently available in 11 countries, including the US and UK, with a full list of supported countries and carriers available on the Travee website. The app currently works on GSM networks, with support for CDMA networks, and support for additional countries, coming in the near future. An iOS app is also in the works.
Watch a trailer for Travee below.