By Alok Saboo on June 19th, 2009
Looks like even the cell phone carriers are (slowly) warming up to VoIP. While the big players like AT&T and Verizon are fighting to prevent the loss of revenue to VoIP, smaller players are adopting VoIP as a key differentiator.
metroPCS, a relatively smaller US carrier, is offering unlimited international calls to over 1000 destinations in 100 countries for only $5 per month. Some of the countries that are included in the plan Australia, India (yes India is available), Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Mexico, Poland, Switzerland, Singapore, Russia, Ireland, etc. You can find out whether your destination is included for unlimited calling here, but looks like metroPCS offers unlimited calling to over half the globe.
Please note, however, that you need to be a metroPCS subscriber to avail this offer. Although metroPCS has a decent presence across the USA, it does not provide services across the country. You can check the metroPCS coverage area to see if your area is serviced by metroPCS.
I am quite happy to such a service offered by a mobile carrier. This will force the national carriers to adopt VoIP and pass on the benefit of the technology to the consumers.
p.s. if you are outside the metroPCS coverage area, you may want to look at Bueno to make unlimited free international calls.