If Rebtel has its way, international calling will go the way of WhatsApp, the popular messaging application that has more than 450 million users worldwide.
Last week, the Sweden-based mobile communications company launched Rebel Calling, a new feature that allows users to make international calls for as little as $1 per month, without a wireless connection, for app-to-app calls in 52 countries. If a person is in a more remote location where Rebel isn't available, a user can pay for unlimited calling for as little as $5 per month, or as much as $10 per month, depending on the location.
Rebtel, which has been active in the international call market for about 10 years, is aiming to challenge traditional international calling rates that are defined by high calling rates.
The company's application connects callers via computer, tablet or smartphone, turning an international call into a local call. Rebel Calling actually doesn't route calls over the Web, which in theory makes the call more stable.