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Calling All Countries

The latest cell phones let you roam, if you want to.

This story appears in the June 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Traveling overseas is an increasingly common requirement forentrepreneurs. But staying in touch with your office and customersat home is arduous when visiting clients in multiple countries. Ifyou need more access than hotel phones allow, you could findyourself dealing with differing standards or spendingprecious time finding a cell phone rental provider.

Thankfully, smaller cellular service providers with aninternational perspective are catching on to the need for one-stopcellular service. One company, International Mobile CommunicationsInc. (IMC) of Bethesda, Maryland, provides a service calledWorldCell. "We provide international calling and roamingcapabilities in more than 90 countries from Austria toThailand," says Blake Swensrud, the firm's founder. Phonerental fees are $75 for the first week and $50 per week thereafter,with discounts available for lengthy rentals. Calling charges varyby country, of course, but WorldCell says their calls costsubstantially less than the outrageous rates charged by hotels.

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