Free incoming Text Messages
All incoming texts are free. Outgoing texts are $0.69 each. Also, anyone can text you for free from our website, and you receive these messages for free as well.
Note: texting from Verizon or Sprint phones to international locations doesn't work well. This is outside of our control.
Voicemail is turned off by default but you can dial a short-code to activate it. You'll receive an SMS with the number and time of call anytime someone leaves you a voicemail message. You can also record your own custom greeting if desired.
Free Itemized Billing
View all the details of your purchases, phone call records, expenses. Perfect for business expense reporting, or just for checking the accuracy of your service costs.
You can pick a US number, a UK number, or an Estonia number. People reach you directly at the numbers you choose. There are no special pins or access codes. This is a direct dial service to receive calls.
More countries coming soon.
Check your email or quickly look up a flight time. Data service is turned off by default but you can request activation by email. View international data roaming costs.
Unlocked cell phones
All cell phones sold by rangeRoamer are fully unlocked. You can use any sim cards you want with your phone.
Global Roaming Partners
When you become a rangeRoamer, you automatically gain access to hundreds of global gsm networks. automatically Your phone will automatically connect to a preferred network in any country you visit, but you can switch to any network you want manually through your cell phone to, if you want, all with no change to pricing.
Free Business Cards
You'll receive pre-printed business cards with your name and phone number(s) printed on them. Easy to give your numbers out to people.
One Time Cost
Postpaid or prepaid options - you choose.
rangeRoamer is unique in that you can select whether you want a prepaid sim card or a postpaid sim card. Convenience, budget, or both - up to you. Switch back and forth whenever you want, too.
Budget Limit Rules
Set a maximum allowance on your account per month. We'll alert you once you've reached 80% of your budget, and we will cut off your line once the 100% mark is reached, if you so choose in advance.
Automatically buy more prepaid airtime for your phone through an automated rule setup. For example, "buy $25 of airtime whenever my balance falls below $10," and our system will make sure you always have prepaid airtime available to you.
Automatically update your Facebook profile any time you land in a new country. rangeRoamer will automatically post into your live feed so all your friends and family can see where you are now. This is OFF by default. You can activate after receiving your package in the mail.
Note: currently in Beta
I see that John is at the Eiffel Tower with his lady. No wonder I haven't heard from him all day!
Location and Maps Tracking
Send your location to a private map URL that you can share with pre-selected family members or friends. They can request your location and if your phone is turned on, a dot will appear on the map. Accurate to within 100 feet, this is cutting edge technology. Free with any rangeRoamer account. OFF by default, you can activate after receiving your kit from us.
Simple Pricing Plans
Roaming can be complicated. Since 2003, ChitChat Communications (parent company of rangeRoamer) has always espoused a "no hidden fees" approach to selling. All rate plans have straight-forward all inclusive pricing. There are no surcharges, differences between calling cell phones vs. landlines, initiation charges, line connect fees, surtaxes, or any other 'gotchas.' Per FCC regulations, federal taxes do apply on your calls placed while in the United states, currently charged at a cumulative 12.9%. This only applies to calls made while in the USA.
Can I use my own phone?
If your phone is the right kind, why buy another one, right? You can use your own phone if it meets the following specs...
- Uses GSM (AT&T, T-Mobile, purchased abroad, etc.)
- world-capable (quad-band, or dual band international)
- "unlocked" to accept any sim card from any carrier.
Review our phone compatibility chart to see if your phone is compatible.
GSM phones have a SIM card slot, shown above, which lets you put the rangeRoamer sim card in it.
All phones from AT&T and T-Mobile have this slot, but only 4% of phones from Verizon or Sprint do.
How will I be billed?
During checkout, you’ll choose how you want to pay for your usage of airtime while traveling.
- PREPAID: Pay for minutes in advance, so you know your exact costs as you go.
- BILL ME LATER: Use as much or little as you want, then we send you a bill by email.
The choice you make is purely a matter of preference. Prepaid lets you budget yourself better, but postpaid lets you avoid having to worry about buying minutes. It’s up to you, and you can change your choice at no charge anytime.
How will people call me?
rangeRoamer allows you to customize your service so you have the right kind of phone numbers based on your needs.
US Number: You automatically get one of these. It’s toll-free, rings right to your phone, and anyone from the States can call it without hassle. No international dialing required. Pretty neat, huh!
UK Number: You get one of these too. You also receive free incoming calls in 40 countries when called on this.
Local Number in countries of your choice: For an additional charge, you can also pick a local number in different countries. Perfect if you want to appear local wherever you travel!
Where does it work?
rangeRoamer works in 163 countries and counting. More countries are added all the time. The goal is to let you keep re-using the service no matter where your itineraries take you. You can use it in multiple countries.
Review our rates & coverage page to confirm that service is offered in your countries of travel.
How much is it?
Pricing ranges from $39 to $399 depending on what you pick. More importantly, your per minute rates will be significantly lower than AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and other major providers, often times adding up to $200+ dollars in savings per trip!
Are there any ongoing fees?
No. Because there is no contract, there are no ongoing fees in any of our basic consumer packages. If you use the service, you pay. If you don’t use the service, you don’t get billed. So, you can leave your SIM card in a drawer between trips without worrying about ongoing charges.
How fast can I get it?
Free Fedex ground shipping takes 2 to 4 days. Orders received by 3pm CST on business days ship the same day. Refer to this table for express shipping costs:
||Can I Track My Package?
||2 to 4 business days, not guaranteed
|Fedex 3 Day Air
||3 days, guaranteed
|Fedex 2 Day Air
||2 days, guaranteed
|Fedex Next Day AM
||Delivered by 10:30AM next business day
||US Postal Global Priority
||4 to 6 days international
Who are you guys, anyway?
rangeRoamer is a division of ChitChat Communications, Inc., which hatched in the Northwestern University Business Incubator program in 2003. Originally a classic dotcom start-up, ChitChat went from hatchling to grown-up in 2007, when it moved to its current downtown Chicago location.
Some current company stats
- 7th year in business
- holds a valid FCC Telecommunications license issued by the US government, section 214
- over 25,000 customers served, many of whom are repeat users.
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