As we’re all very busy this week with the Symposium in Hong Kong, we prepared in advance a valuable gem for those who didn’t have the chance to join us. We thought you might like to hear about two essential communication tools for PTs (Perpetual Travellers). These are services we wouldn’t be without, that make your life more private, more free, easier, and/or cheaper.
The first is primarily a privacy service. It secures all your communications on the web, not just e-mails but all your surfing, instant messaging, VOIP calls and the like. The second is a service that can save you a fortune in cellphone and data roaming charges, the only mobile phone service we know of with free incoming calls in over 115 countries of the world. And it’s anonymous to boot.
You understand that you are being tracked on the Internet and that all your data is scooped up, sifted, sorted, bought and sold. Now you want to protect your Internet traffic and that of your family and customers.
Cryptohippie gives you military-grade technology in an easy-to-use form. You don’t need to be a tech expert to use their system. It was built by top professionals but designed for average computer users. Installation takes about 15 minutes; after that, it runs completely unobtrusively in the background – you can use the internet just as you always have, but with far more peace of mind.
Not only does this protection cost less than a dollar a day, but they will also give you a secure email account, encrypted chat and excellent tech support.
We use Cryptohippie ourselves and can’t recommend it highly enough. We have known the people behind it for about fourteen years now and we know they are trustworthy beyond doubt.
But you don’t just have to take our word for it. Simon Black calls it “the Rolls Royce of online privacy.” Mark Nestmann uses it too. Steve Sjuggerud says, “Long-story short, it makes it so nobody – not Google, not even your Internet service provider, not the government, and (theoretically of course) not a hacker – can track your Internet activity back to you. This service is not free, but it’s worth every penny.”
We won’t rave more about Cryptohippie here, suffice to say if you are serious about protecting your privacy from prying eyes, you should have it. Cryptohippie have been kind enough to offer all Q Wealth readers a week’s free trial of their service so you can test it for yourself, and see how simple it is to set up and use. This is totally without obligation, and no credit card is required. To take advantage of this offer, visit Cryptohippie here.
Of course, if you want the more technical details of how the service works, and the lengths they go to to protect your privacy, you’ll find all the details on their website.
A REVIEW OF AIR BALTIC CARD – FREE GLOBAL ROAMING
A strange name for a global telephone service, but we first discovered this one by buying an anonymous SIM card (mobile phone chip) on board an Air Baltic flight. If you’re a frequent traveler anywhere, however, you can benefit from this service, and you don’t need to get on a plane to buy it.
Simply put, it allows you to be reached on one global phone number in more than 115 countries, from Albania to Zimbabwe, without you having to pay a penny for incoming calls. In other countries of the world where it is not free, and for outgoing calls from anywhere, you also benefit from rates that are much lower than most cellphone operators.
It’s a pay-as-you-go service – absolutely no fixed contracts, no monthly fees and no minimum spends. You don’t even need to show any ID to sign up. It costs just EUR 10 to buy the card and you can get started receiving free calls immediately.
Or, if you buy EUR 50 worth of credit up front they give you the card for free. That is credit that you can use for outgoing calls, data services etc, which never expires. The only condition is that to keep your credit active you have to make or receive a call at least once every two years to keep your account active. I think if you get used to using this service, you’re unlikely to go a day without using it.
More recently, they have also started offering data roaming services. While international data roaming remains expensive, Air Baltic Card have some of the best rates, especially their low fixed rate across the entire European Union.
Another innovation is that you can divert incoming calls free to mobile or fixed lines in many countries. So let’s say you travel to a new country and buy a local prepaid SIM card, then divert your international calls to that number, people can still reach you on the same number as always.
And there’s more. If you buy 2 or more cards, you can talk mobile to mobile in any of those 115 countries for 20 cents per minute. Ideal for keeping in touch with your family and friends while on the go.
All you need is an unlocked mobile phone of the GSM type, the SIM card that you can buy online, and you are ready to go. You can buy the SIM card online here.
How does it work? Calls to the Air Baltic Card number, that has an Estonian country prefix, are relatively expensive – though not unreasonably so, we think. Calls from Skype to this number, for example, cost about $0.30 per minute. So they make money on the incoming calls, that covers the cost of the roaming.
There are SIM cards offering free roaming, but this is by far the best one we have come across. We’ve been using it for about five years and wouldn’t be without it.
We hope you enjoy our PT communication solutions, and we’ll be back with you next week with some exciting investing news from China, where I am headed next. Sign up for Q bytes, free of charge, to be the first to hear the news.