How to reduce the cost of communication in roaming 10 times: Roamer

Use your native SIM-card while staying in another country, at least, is silly. Our cellular operators are surprisingly insane in terms of roaming tariffs, offering us to make and receive calls at 100 rubles per minute, and use the Internet at a rate of 50 rubles per megabyte.

It’s no wonder that many people prefer to connect a local SIM-card right away at the airport of the country of destination. It is clear that you will not get through the old number, and your name will no longer be highlighted when calling home, but where to go? In fact, there is an alternative, and this is not the notorious Skype.

Today, the Lifehacker will tell you about the application Roamer, thanks to which you can not give up your usual number in roaming, and while talking for just a penny.


We have a smartphone and a native SIM card. Download Roamer from Google Play or the App Store. The app itself is free.

One small action will need to be done either before loading into the plane, or after buying a local SIM abroad.

To accidentally not give your operator a few hundred rubles for a couple of minutes of talking in roaming, we recommend that you start Roamer immediately after downloading and click on the “Install reminder” button. We specify the date and time of the trip – literally half an hour before landing.


For now. We forget about the application and are preparing for the trip.

When the time comes, Roamer will notify us that it’s time to take care of your budget for cellular communication while in another country.

Launch the application and click on “Register”. We indicate our number and confirm its validity with the code that will come in the form of an SMS.

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Next step: parking the room. With the help of the corresponding “Park number” button we set the redirection to the Roamer service number. In an airplane, you can not use a cellular phone anyway, so we relax and rest. Before arriving at the place, nothing more is needed.

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Once we are at the airport of the destination country, we need to buy a local SIM with cheap internal calls and at least some access to the Internet. We insert this card into the smartphone, and then we authorize it in Roamer.


Thus, we linked the service number to which the forwarding from the native SIM-ki was exposed, with the local SIM-koi. Actually, this completes the configuration of the service. You can already make and receive calls.

How does it work

When your friend, relative, co-worker or business partner calls you, a call from your home number will be sent to Roamer, and from there to a SIM card purchased in the host country.

Outgoing calls work on the principle of call-back and require a short-term Internet connection: you select the desired number in the application and press “Call”, then you receive a call from Roamer, to which you need to respond and wait for a connection with the one you called. At the same time, the addressee displays a number familiar to him, which you use in your home country. In this case, in addition to the tariff of Roamer, it will write off a bit of traffic from the SIM card purchased on the spot for sending a callback request.

Where works

Judging by the description, Roamer works in 217 countries of the world, and park your home number in 54 countries. At the same time, residents of Russia, Ukraine and several other countries do not necessarily even have to park ahead of time before leaving the country – this can be done only after you have arrived in the country of destination.

Tariffs and payment

Tariffs can be found in the application. You do not have to be a mathematician to feel the difference in prices from the first glance.


The personal account of Roamer is not linked to the balance on the SIM-card and is replenished separately with the help of any bank card or through PayPal.


At us it turned out so, that, right after the beginning of use, on account there were already freebies $ 0.65.

Local communication

When calling in the country in which you are, Roamer does not participate. That is, it does not even need to be run at the same time. The concept of service along the way eliminates unnecessary spending on the Internet – you use a local SIM-koi with sane prices, they are usually 100-200 times lower than your mobile operator’s roaming tariffs – for reference, the average cost of 1 megabyte on local SIM-kah abroad is 30-60 kopecks.


In general, the application is pretty intuitive. The whole process of configuration is a step-by-step process, and it is unlikely to get confused here. Navigation is carried out by simple svaypami left and right: from here you can quickly get to the directory of contacts, call history, as well as the manual dialing menu.

iOS-version Roamer is almost completely unified with Android and implements the same functionality. The only difference is that the balance is replenished there through the IAP.

Is it legal?

When it comes to such a difference in costs, one can not help thinking about the legality of development. We politely asked the developer: “Is it legitimate what you did?”. In response, we were told that “Everything is legal and better than Skype or the Travel-Sims.” In simple terms, this service will not be banned or disconnected tomorrow.