SOURCE: CIBT Global Holdings, Inc.

March 24, 2008 08:54 ET

New International Cell Phone Package Ideal for Families Renting Apartments or Villas Abroad

MCLEAN, VA--(Marketwire - March 24, 2008) - "All the comforts of home -- plus international cell phone service -- are now available to families who rent apartments or villas for extended family vacations, but still need to keep in touch with their businesses and friends," said Jeff Fine, President of Global Phoneworks LLC (

A subsidiary of CIBT, Inc. (, the Virginia-based Global Phoneworks (GPW) is now offering a Family Plan, featuring three overseas-capable cell phones, backed by reliable, connect-anywhere service at rates guaranteed to be discounted from major carriers.

"Since most U.S. cell phones do not work overseas, Global Phoneworks provides a convenient, cost effective way for travelers to keep in touch while away at airtime rates guaranteed to be competitive," Mr. Fine explained. "GPW provides short-term international cellular and satellite phone rentals to U.S. travelers in over 160 countries around the world. We also provide satellite phone coverage and cellular phones for use in specialty countries like Japan and Korea. We have been giving superior service to FORTUNE 500 companies and major tour and cruise ship operators for the past five years," he said.

"The growing number of families who rent accommodations for weeks and months at a time has prompted us to offer a unique Family Plan. With a minimum of three phones, both Mom and Dad can keep in touch with businesses and friends, while the third phone is available to the children. This way, families can enjoy the experience of living in a foreign country, while remaining in contact with loved ones and important associates," stated Mr. Fine.

"By renting international cell phones for extended stays, travelers can avoid the hassles of setting up telephone service in their rental apartment or villa. Typically, such arrangements do NOT include voicemail, prompt detailed billing, or discounted airtime rates, all of which are available through GPW," said Vice President Steven Diehl. "And if you are staying in multiple locations during your trip, a GPW phone provides you with one telephone number during your entire stay abroad," he added.

Global Phoneworks Services at-a-glance

Easy to use: The phones are delivered to you prior to departure. Included with each phone are Quick Start Reference Guide, pre-printed business cards, charger, adapter and return-shipping label. The business cards show your name, GPW phone number, and dates of travel so family and colleagues know how to reach you while you are abroad. Returning the phone to GPW is easy -- each phone comes with a cardboard box and a preprinted airbill label for convenient return shipping to GPW.

Security: You will know your phone number before you leave for your trip and will be accessible at a single number for the duration of your journey. You will be provided with customized business cards that will show your telephone number while traveling at no extra charge.

Cost Savings: You can save hundreds of dollars on hotel phone or calling card bills by renting with GPW. There are no hidden costs, no additional long distance charges, roaming charges, tolls, taxes or surcharges. You will be able to avoid costly hotel telephone surcharges.

Billing and Reporting: Final invoices detail all calls, call rates, and rental charges. GPW accepts all major credit cards. You will be able to identify and monitor telephone expenses related to international travel.

24 Hour Service: You will have access to 24 hour English speaking customer service representatives. GPW maintains a toll-free telephone number for placing orders and customer support -- Tel. 800-556-0530.

About CIBT, Inc.

CIBT, Inc. and its subsidiaries provide comprehensive visa and passport requirements and support as well as other international document processing on behalf of travel management companies, corporations, government agencies, tour operators, cruise lines, airlines, and international relief organizations. The Company's broad coverage across the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and India enables it to provide prompt, secure travel document processing. CIBT invests in technology and customer service to reduce the time and cost associated with obtaining visas and passports from the issuing authority.

CIBT has offices throughout the United States, in strategic cities with large consular representation and also provides travel document expediting services in Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, and India. For more information about CIBT, please visit

CIBT is a registered trademark of CIBT, Incorporated.

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