Forbes Media and Worldfone Announce Launch of Forbesfone, a Mobile Service for World Travelers
Forbesfone offers cost-effective global data and voice SIM cards
NEW YORK (November 2, 2015) – In partnership with Worldfone, a Maltese mobile company, Forbes Media announced today the launch of Forbesfone, a new service for the global mobile market. Forbesfone provides consumers with two products that offer a cost-effective alternative to owning multiple local SIM cards.
Redefining roaming is the aim of our game. We have carefully studied the needs of the frequent traveler and understand that mobile connectivity can be a burden both financially and operationally,” said Walter Komarek, CEO of Forbesfone. “We believe our mobile service will be a game changer in the telecom industry. This service will open up a cost-effective world to frequent travelers in which looking for a Wi-Fi hotspot becomes redundant and worrying about heavy bill shocks or hidden charges is a thing of the past.”
Forbesfone’s products include a data plan and a talk plan that offer different advantages to customers. The data plan grants Internet access to mobile users and is available in over 190 countries around the globe, with rates starting at $0.11/MB in the most visited destinations worldwide. The talk plan is a comprehensive service currently available in the U.S. and Europe, offering data, voice and SMS, and it is expected to roll out worldwide in January 2016. Both plans can be purchased from Forbesfone’s official website: www.forbesfone.com.
The launch of Forbesfone aligns with our strategy to develop new revenue streams through product extensions under the Forbes brand,” said Mike Federle, Chief Operating Officer at Forbes Media. “This global offering is a unique and cost-effective service addressing a common complaint of our audience of world business travelers.”
How It Works: Forbesfone is compatible with all unlocked GSM devices and phones. Customers need to replace their domestic carrier’s SIM card with a Forbesfone SIM card when traveling internationally. Any mobile phone supporting iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry operating systems is compatible.
Customers are offered two options through the Forbesfone.com website: pre-paid pay-as-you-go plans that can be adjusted or added to as needed, or standardized monthly plans. Customers can switch plans for free. There are no hidden charges or fees. Forbesfone also provides a dedicated customer-care service to assist with inquiries anytime of the day anywhere around the globe.
About Forbes Media
Forbes Media is a global media, branding and technology company, with a focus on news and information about business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and affluent lifestyles. The company publishes Forbes, Forbes Asia, Forbes Europe and ForbesLife magazines as well as Forbes.com and ForbesLife.com. The Forbes brand today reaches more than 75 million people worldwide with its business message each month through its magazines and 37 licensed local editions around the globe, Forbes.com, TV, conferences, research, social and mobile platforms. The Forbes magazine iPad app merges print storytelling with social sharing and the Web. Forbes Media’s brand extensions include conferences, real estate, education, financial services and technology license agreements.
Forbesfone is a newly launched global mobile virtual network operator, set up as a partnership between Forbes Media and Worldfone Ltd. Based in Malta, Forbesfone is made up of a specialized team of mobile-industry experts, with the aim to provide its customers with simple, understandable mobile-telephone products that avoid confusion, hidden charges and heavy bill shocks while roaming. Forbesfone has carefully chosen the best worldwide mobile networks to provide the most cost-effective and reliable solution for all international travelers. An easy-to-use online portal, 24/7 dedicated worldwide customer support and a clear aim to make communication a pleasure while on the go, Forbesfone intends to become the operator of choice for any international traveler.