Whenever I travel, there are a couple of things I need to take care of in order to make my trip perfect, or at least as close to perfect as I can. The first thing I do is, obviously, to try to find a map (preferably an offline map) so that I can get around the city I’m in without too much hassle. The second thing, just as important as the first one, is to try to find a mobile phone provider and get a cheap SIM card so I can talk locally.

While the first task is easy to do, the second one can be annoying, especially if you travel a lot. That’s why I love that I’ve discovered Spikko, a service that lets you subscribe to a local number and get a local number without switching SIM cards. All you need to do is to just download the app, select the country you want a phone number in, get a subscription (it’s obviously not free, but the prices are great), and start calling and receiving calls using your secondary number. What’s even better is that you’re not limited to just one number per country, so if need be you can change them as often as you can.

One thing I was worried about was the data traffic and the high costs that this might add to my phone bill. But Spikko doesn’t use internet connection, as all the calls are made from the GSM network you can connect to.

What’s your experience with Spikko?