This Egyptian guy’s invention is getting rid of expensive mobile roaming fees, and a lot of people aren’t happy about it

Roaming fees can rack up. Seriously. If you’re abroad and feel the need to use your phone, you could find yourself coming home to a monster of a phone bill.

This is where new invention VoxEra steps in. This nifty little device developed by Egyptian inventor-turned-entrepreneur, Amr Elgbaly, allows you to roam while abroad, but pay the prices of your sim card’s home country.

The project is being funded through Kickstarter, the crowd-funding website helping start-ups on their way to success, with the money raised sitting at way past double its target amount with 16 days still to go for donators.

What is VoxEra?

Best put, it’s a device in which you insert your sim card when travelling. The device keeps your sim locked to your local area no matter where you travel, meaning no roaming fees.

VoxEra and its capabilities and best described through their own tagline: “The world’s first solution for voice roaming. Stay connected anywhere, anytime around the world with $0 voice roaming fees.”

Here’s a video that explains the concept:

Can’t I just use Skype?

VoxEra is not an application. There’s no loose connection and conversations filled with “Can you see me now? Can you hear us now?” The convenience of staying on your usual mobile plan, anywhere is the world, is the difference.

Why do I recognise Amr’s name? 

Well, as with any disruptive factor on a major and traditional industry, this hasn’t gone down so well with some of the big players. The whole thing is slipping into an almost David and Goliath situation. Lets just say we’re #TeamAmr

For those of you lucky enough to speak Arabic, and want to see a verbal rendition of the battle mentioned above, the video below is well worth a watch:

When can I get my hands on one?

VoxEra are looking to start shipping out orders by June this year, with some lucky backers being given access to a prototype as early as April.

How can we help?

If you feel VoxEra’s something you’d use, you can chip them some support on their Kickstarter page here.

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