We have all seen those smartphones that are debatable in quality and you can insert two SIM cards. Usually, they are android based and can be ordered from China. Well, that is the old way.
OpenPhone has created an app that can be used on both iOS and Android. It allows you to add multiple phone numbers without having a need for a SIM card. It can be used for personal or business needs (or both). How cool is that?
So here is how it works: Get a phone number or use your own -> Download the app -> Start messaging. That’s it.
The standard price is $10 per month per user, you can add more phone numbers by just paying 5$ extra.
Here are some important stats:
- Unlimited calls in the US and Canada without extra cost.
- Unlimited messaging (SMS, MMS) in the US and Canada.
- International calling is an add-on. Prices per country can be found here: OpenPhone Rates. Some countries are not yet included, could be something for future updates. Worth mentioning it is a new company. With a great stack of users. Based on SimilarWeb data, the website itself is visited more than 500k times per month.
- Thousands of numbers to choose from including local and toll-free numbers.
- You can port over the existing number.
- Teams: Multiple people can call and text from a single phone number. Good for cold calls.
- Insights about the usage: see data about how every number on the account is used, analysis about users (spy on employees and see who is having the most conversations).
- Google Contacts
- Salesforce and Pipedrive coming soon
OpenPhone calls themselves an alternative to Google Voice, Grasshopper, Aircall, RingCentral and Vonage. Have you used any of these, do you notice any big differences?
There is one comment in the OpenApp app store by krisgordon70: I’m a small business owner and got one 855 number and 4 local numbers. They charged the standard $10 plus $5 per line. Then the hidden fees started showing up daily. In less than 2 weeks, with very few calls and text s messages somehow we’ve racked up $50 in hidden fees. I’m not happy and going to port out our numbers to a second line with our cellular company. Nowhere in their app or website or contract does it tell you you’ll get charged per minute or use. Definitely not an inexpensive app.” So keep an eye out for any hidden fees.
A question arises, why do we even still use SIM cards for the new phones. We should be just using such apps and forget about the plastic chips.