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Rebtel is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. The Rebtel name reflects the company's mission to rebel against the telecom industry by introducing a simpler and more honest business plan to international callers. Rebtel accrued $95 million in revenue during 2013 and boasts a user base of 23 million subscribers.
Calls between Rebtel users on PC and iPhone are free via use of the Rebtel app.
It supports international calling to nearly 200 countries with call quality generally on par or better than what is expected from landlines.
Calls can be made without contract signup, allowing users to utilize a "pay-as-you-go" subscription.
The service can be used with many devices, including iPhones and iPads, Android enabled phones and tablets, and Windows enabled phones and tablets. In addition to the available app for smartphones and PCs, local access numbers can be assigned to subscribers and used to call internationally via any phone. The app is well supported and regularly updated across the various operating systems.
No additional hardware is required to use the service, so users can save on not having to spend additional money on adapters or shipping and handling fees. There are also no activation or cancellation fees.
Mobile Top Up is a unique feature that allows a user to buy credit for another user. This is particularly useful for those who plan to regularly call relatives and friends overseas.
Overall, Rebtel is a limited service compared to competitors. Don't expect much outside of a virtual phone card. Subscribers are restricted to basic features such as SMS messaging and contact lists. Usage is strictly limited to residential use and the features available reflect this basic level of service.
The subscription plans offer limited minutes when compared to other services where usage caps for unlimited plans can range up to 5,000 minutes per month.
Common complaints of the service include expiring minutes, unstable calls within some countries, and sudden increases in international rates without being notified. Rebtel Credit expires after 12 months of no use.
Support is only available via email communication and a limited user guide on the website.
Calling through Rebtel is available via three types of plans. Minutes can be purchased for individual countries at a reduced price per minute. These plans range in price, number of minutes available, and the time available to use the minutes. Nearly every supported country has one of each deal to choose from. All supported countries are eligible for the Rebtel Credit plan.
Rebtel's main focus is on international calling and it provides a strong alternative to the traditional international phone card system. The service is easy to use and is a simple and cost effective way to reach friends and family across the world. If looking for a service to supplement an already owned VoIP service with long distance calling, it is an attractive option.
For international callers it is a viable option and allows users to create a plan specific to their long distance needs, with rates and pricing determined by individual country rather than a universal international rate. However, for those who plan to make primarily domestic calls, or are looking for additional features and higher levels of customer support, it may be best to explore other options.
At the present time, there are too few reviews submitted to form a strong opinion of its service. If you have used Rebtel please consider posting a user review on your experiences, using the "Write a Review" button on the right hand side.
...Easy to set up on my phone....
Rebtel reviews are listed in chronological order.
#2 : NOV 21st, 2012 : Tony
I love Rebtel as they are saving me a lot of money on my international calls. I had been using calling cards previously and they were decent but a bit inconvenient to use and re-charge. Rebtel is saving me at least 60% over my previous service. I make a lot of calls to Europe and this is the cheapest method I have found to date. It also works very well. Have tried Vonage in the past as they push the "unlimited" international calling features of their residential VoIP service but it costs about $25/month after the introductory period expires and I can get a good home VoIP service for less than $10/month. So Rebtel combined with my home VoIP service is the perfect bundle. The mobile app is also very good. Very happy with Rebtel.
#1 : JUN 16th, 2011 : Zomer
Easy to set up on my phone. Good way to call Africa.
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