Imagine you’re sitting in an aircraft in Changi airport, about to take off for work or travel. On one hand you feel excitement for the upcoming trip. Yet, as the announcement comes on to switch off your mobile, your heart sinks, as you know that this signals the beginning of the ‘wi-fi hunt’ in your new destination.
Because of course you need an internet connection to stay connected to friends, family, and work, through calling apps like Skype, Whatsapp, Viber, Line, etc, and you’re too cost-conscious to switch on data while on the move in a foreign country 😉
So traditionally, no internet = no connectivity while traveling.
Sure, you could be carrying a local SIM in the country of travel. But hang on…what if people try to call you on your Singaporean number? Like friends, work contacts, maybe even prospective clients, who don’t have your travel number?
Or what if Singapore is your 2nd home, and you have family in another country, who could want to reach you anytime? To avoid them paying to call you (like through Skype), you have to make sure you both have strong internet connections, simultaneously.
What you wouldn’t give to be connected always, even without internet!
Well, now you can! And at prices that not only doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, but also beats Skype rates!
Introducing Toku: the calling app that keeps you connected even offline
All you have to do is sign up on Toku, and register the number you want to use for connecting. You get a customized URL, and anyone can ‘Toku call’ you through it…i.e., call you from the app at their end, or even from their desktop!
If you have an internet connection at that moment, you will receive the call on the app, for free, of course! Like the other calling apps.
And if you’re offline? That’s where the magic happens in Toku!
When your callers ‘Toku call’ you, the app, with its call-forwarding technology, transfers the calls at local rates to the number you specified.
Let’s see how it works in two separate scenarios
In both cases, you need to sign up on Toku.
Let’s say you have a Singaporean SIM card, and you’re travelling to Australia*.
Step 1: You get an Australian SIM card, put it in your phone, and register that second number on Toku.
Step 2: You enable the call forwarding on your Australian number
Step 3: If someone, anyone, ‘Toku calls’ you (i.e., calls your Toku id), and you don’t have internet at the time of the incoming call, Toku simply forwards the call to your Australian number. Your caller pays nothing, as you will be the one paying local Australian rates for receiving the call.
Let’s say now, you are an Australian* citizen, residing in Singapore, and have personal/ professional contacts in Australia. So you have 2 SIM cards of 2 countries.
Step 1: You register both numbers on Toku, and when in Singapore, just put the Singaporean SIM card on your phone.
Step 2: If someone ‘Toku calls’ you, even if you don’t have internet, Toku forwards the call to both your Australian and Singapore number. Since you only have the Singapore SIM active, you receive the call on that number. The caller doesn’t have to know where you are and pays nothing. You pay local Singaporean rates for receiving the call.
Now, uh oh! You’re travelling to Australia. No sweat. Just put the Australian SIM card on your phone. The process remains exactly the same as above, except that when offline, you receive the call on your Australian number, and pay local Australian rates for receiving the call.
So in a nutshell, you can always be connected, pay next to nothing, and don’t have to care anymore whether you have an internet connection or not!
Travelling and being reachable anytime, anywhere, just got way simpler, didn’t it? Enough of travelling conventions, it’s revolution time!
So go ahead, give ‘Toku calls’ a try now, and do share your experience with us.
*The case of Australia as an example. But the process can and does apply to any country.