Rebtel Opens Mobile VoIP Service in China

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China gets its first taste of mobile VoIP and free international calling starting Friday 21 December thanks to global communications company, Rebtel. The Rebtel service in China launches first in Shanghai, one the most populous cities in the world, with more than 6 million ex-pats in need of low-cost calling to keep in touch with friends, family and business colleagues at home.

Entering the Chinese market was not easy, but we're finally in -- just in time for ex-pats to call home for the holidays -- and we plan to open service in more Chinese cities in the New Year

Rebtel, the people's global communications company, today announced low cost and free international calling to and from China.

Starting Friday, December 21, residents of Shanghai can use their mobile phones to call any phone, anywhere in the world for just pennies per minute, and make free calls to friends, family, and work colleagues in 39 countries.

"Entering the Chinese market was not easy, but we're finally in -- just in time for ex-pats to call home for the holidays -- and we plan to open service in more Chinese cities in the New Year," said Hjalmar Winbladh, Rebtel's co-founder and CEO.

More than 18 million people live in Shanghai. And that doesn't include the city's 6 million migrant workers, making Shanghai one of the most populous cities in the world.

Rebtel's low-cost calls from Shanghai to the United States, for example, will cost just $0.018 per minute; $0.019 per minute from the U.S. to Shanghai. By comparison, AT&T charges $3.50 per minute to call a mobile phone in China from a mobile phone in the U.S.

Rebtel calls from Shanghai will cost $0.019 to U.K. landlines, and $0.18 to U.K. mobile phones. Using Rebtel to call Shanghai from London will be the same as from the U.S.: $0.019 per minute. In contrast, Vodafone charges $3.33 per minute to call Shanghai from the U.K.

"There are more than 10 million mobile phone subscribers in Shanghai alone, so serving just a small percentage of that market should be a good test for rolling out service to the rest of the country," said Winbladh.

Rebtel services can be used with any mobile phone without modification or software downloads. There is no charge to set up a Rebtel account. All new comers get a free 10 minute call to test the service. Thereafter, subscribers only pay for the minutes they use. Smart Calls between the 40 counties served by Rebtel are always free and only one of the two people on a call must be a Rebtel subscriber.

About Rebtel:
Rebtel is a global voice services company for individuals, small business professionals and cord-cutters inside large companies, who regularly call international suppliers, customers, partners, their workforce, or friends and family abroad. Unlike the large mobile telecom carriers that charge exorbitant rates to recoup their high costs, Rebtel offers consumers ultra-low rates for global calling by making all calls local and leveraging VoIP technologies. For more information, or to start using Rebtel services, go to

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