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Roamer: (Almost) Too Good to be True

Roamer: (Almost) Too Good to be True

Roamer – Cheap calls & roaming SIM app
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Every now and again, we run across an application that seems a little . . .too good to be true. Roamer is just such a title.

Put simply, it claims it will let you travel the world while retaining your local telephone number: and all while costing you essentially the same amount as your local rate.

Now, we’re not the most skeptical of people, but that seems downright unhealthy. In some way, we almost couldn’t believe it.

But lo and behold, Roamer offers everything it claims and more!

We had no problem setting up Roamer and the results were downright breath-taking.

If that’s got your interest all in a tizzy, then head down below the break for our full look at Roamer for Android.

Concept and Functionality

As stated, Roamer, from Roamer Labs Limited, claims that any user can take their native telephone number, arrive in a new country, pop in a local SIM card, and then keep rocking as if nothing ever happened.

That’s a tall order, and by and large, it seems to work pretty well!

There’s no magic here: what you’re seeing is the work of cold, hard Internet connectivity. Still, that doesn’t make it any less impressive.

Essentially, by telling the app what number you’d like to forward before you depart, and by setting the app to use that number when you land, you’re routing one phone to another via the Web. When your old, native number is dialed, the call is simply forwarded to you via the Internet.

The end result? Calls placed to your old number work exactly as you would expect them to.

Roamer Android App

Roamer Android App

But this costs, like, a billion dollars, right? Surprisingly, Roamer is significantly cheaper than you’d expect!

Rates are almost sacrificial in nature. If you’re on WiFi or cellular data while abroad, they’re in fact stupendously low. For those stuck to a calling network only, the rates are still cheaper than a long-distance phone call — often by a serious order of magnitude.

All in all, Roamer does what it says it will, does it well once you get there, and costs you less to boot. If that’s not good functionality, then we don’t know what is!

Design and Interface

Is Roamer a good replacement for your traditional phone and dialer? For the most part, yes!

It integrates nicely with your existing contacts, and it won’t leave you waiting for it to kick into gear or start working. That being said, this is not a native solution for phone calls, and inevitably, that will lead to some weirdness.

Case in point, we’re seeing some reports that Roamer doesn’t work all the time in every country. Granted, these reports are slim and far between, but they’re worth noting for the more adventurous traveler.

Taking your US number to Ireland? You’ll probably be okay. Taking it to Vanuatu? Just hope there’s WiFi!

Overall Value

Still, in terms of value, Roamer may be one of the absolute best deals in an application we have ever seen.

If you’re a frequent world traveler, we imagine you’ve got a laundry list of call-related bills you’d just love to get rid of. Well, now you can!

To those in need, Roamer represents the best of values. Furthermore, it’s a well-designed application that works as promised in almost all applications.

All things considered, it’s hard to do much better than that.

qrcode.31070744Roamer requires Android version 2.3+. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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