Cubic Telecom cuts mobile deal with the ‘Facebook of travel’

27 Jan 2009

Cork entrepreneur Pat Phelan’s travel SIM firm Cubic Telecom has struck a major deal with online travel provider, a rising social-networking firm that can let friends of members know when they’re visiting particular cities.

Dopplr is an online service for smarter travel that helps the world’s most frequent travellers meet up with their trusted friends and colleagues around the globe.

Doppler has added Cubic Telecom’s MAXroam service as one of its key products.

Cubic Telecom is one of the world’s first and largest suppliers of travel SIMs, which abolish high roaming fees that are usually charged by incumbent mobile network operators (MNOs).

The company offers a 100pc white label platform where virtual MNOs can customise everything as their own, including having their own branding of SIMs and web portal, plus customised audio prompts and short-codes.

“MaxRoam’s SIM card will enable Dopplr travellers to save a minimum of 70pc on their mobile travel bills,” Phelan said.

Dopplr helps its users make more of their travels by sharing their future trips privately with friends and colleagues.

The service then highlights coincidences, for example, telling you that three people you know will be in Tokyo when you will be there too.

Dopplr can be used on an individual’s personal computer or mobile phone. It links with many popular online calendars and social networks.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years