Irish start-up Cubic Telecom has announced the launch of what it claims to be the world’s first ‘truly global’ mobile phone at the prestigious TechCrunch 40 trade show in San Francisco, California, where the company was the sole Irish exhibitor of the 40 firms in attendance. Cubic unveiled its new dual-mode Cubic Mobile GSM/Wi-Fi handset which it claims will help reduce the cost of making long-distance telephone calls. The device incorporates a ‘MAXroam’ SIM card, a universal SIM module which purports to offer favourable ‘country-to-country phone rates anywhere in the world’, writes ENN. The Irish firm says the new SIM is the result of years of negotiations with GSM operators, adding that the device also offers full PBX functionality, allowing users to create up to 50 permanent local phone numbers. As an added fillip, Cubic is also offering free VoIP calls within its network. The company is targeting the phone at the expatriate community, travellers and global business teams in both the commercial and non-commercial sector.
From 1 October, Cubic is offering two models: an entry-level version costing EUR99.95 (USD139.60), and a Windows version priced at EUR159.95. Both devices come with the MAXroam SIM card pre-installed. The card can also be purchased separately for use in any unlocked GSM phone, priced at EUR29.99.