This Handy Travel Phone Is Designed To Save Your Phone Bill
No more roaming fees, Tink Labs wants to put a Handy phone in hotel rooms around the world for travelers to use for free
Tink Labs, a technology incubator based in Hong-Kong, has come up with a way to circumvent those dreaded roaming phone bills. The company wants to put a travel-friendly phone they’ve created with free data, dubbed the Handy, in hotel rooms around the world for travelers to be able to use without the hefty fees carriers typically charge for overseas use — and take with them wherever they go during their stay.
Right now, the Handy is in hotel rooms in 20 cities spread around Asia and Europe, but there a million more Handys to come by the end of the year, through partnerships with some of the biggest international hotels like the Crowne Plaza and the Ritz.
The phones all come with a local guide for tourists to take advantage of; and the hotels stand to make some profit from differentiation and notifications about hotel services.
According to CNET, the Handy phones are ready to come to major cities in the U.S by the end of the year.
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