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By ComfortWay, Inc.
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About this project

ComfortWay has solved the high cost of mobile data roaming by developing a multi-carrier, Virtual SIM technology that lets international travelers get affordable data roaming in 100+ countries at local rates.

We now want to embed our proprietary chip design with Virtual SIM technology into a convenient battery case for iPhone 5 / 5s / 6 / 6+. We call it the ComfortWay Travel Case!

Get all-day data roaming for $2 per day, or purchase pay-as-you-go Mobile Internet at 2 cents per MB. And have 10+ extra hours of battery life on hand. 

ComfortWay has developed a Virtual SIM chip coupled with a Cloud Billing platform that lets travelers get mobile Internet service from most major mobile carriers all around the world at local rates -- without altering your phone.

Just turn on 'Start Internet' via our free ComfortWay app whenever you arrive in a new country. Keep your same phone number worldwide. 

We’re now integrating our technology into a 2400mAh extended battery case for iPhone 5 / 5s / 6 / 6+. It also works as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 users.

Compare ComfortWay with other data roaming solutions:

ComfortWay data rates are 90% lower than carrier plans
ComfortWay data rates are 90% lower than carrier plans

And ComfortWay is the only technology that will work with all major mobile operators anywhere in the world: 

When you arrive to a new country, snap your iPhone into our ComfortWay Travel Case and tap “Start Internet” on our free iOS app.

ComfortWay mobile app for iOS
ComfortWay mobile app for iOS

Our embedded Virtual SIM module automatically downloads the correct SIM spec's from the local mobile operators. The mobile network with the best data connection speeds is automatically selected, so you don’t have to even think about it. As we continue to sign up more mobile operators, our cloud server automatically reconfigures our firmware via 'over-the-air' updates -- so you will continue to have access to new mobile data services anywhere in our growing list of countries.

Coverage map (May'15)
Coverage map (May'15)

While our Virtual SIM technology connects to each mobile operators' cellular towers, our Cloud Billing platform provides you as much or as little data as you need (at local wholesale rates) without locking you into a rate plan. You can turn on/off mobile Internet connection at any time, and our data credits never expire. 

Note: this is a simulated screen; our iOS app is in beta
Note: this is a simulated screen; our iOS app is in beta

Your iPhone connects to our ComfortWay chip, embedded in the battery case, via a low-power Wi-Fi signal so your phone sees ComfortWay as an available Wi-Fi network. That lets you use your regular telephone number and any VoIP app for voice calling over our data networks, as well as connect up to 10 additional devices.

ComfortWay Travel Case main features:

  • Mobile Internet speeds up to 42 Mbit/s on HSPA+ networks
  • 2400 mAh battery (provides 10+ additional hours for iPhone)
  • Honest “pay-as-you-go” rates 2 cents per MB ($20 per GB) without monthly subscription, recurring fees or hidden charges
  • International calls and text messages (from 2 cents per minute)
  • Mobile Wi-Fi 'hotspot' for up to 10 simultaneous devices
  • Real-time control over consumed data (via our free iOS app)
  • Set up daily limits on data usage with notifications
  • Add credits using Visa, MasterCard or PayPal via our secure app
  • FREE Mobile Internet credits after booking a hotel, car or other travel arrangements through popular booking systems

Previous Hardware Experience & Mobile Operator Relationships:

ComfortWay Travel Case is our second hardware product. We already have an earlier ComfortWay device working in 30 European countries and being sold in airports throughout Europe since 2012 (http://www.comfortway.com)

The original ComfortWay is a stand-alone device that works as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, and based on that experience we started developing our ComfortWay Travel Case project in 2014 -- expanding our Virtual SIM technology to work with more mobile operators and making experiments with different hardware form-factors. 

Our original ComfortWay device; working in 30 countries in Europe
Our original ComfortWay device; working in 30 countries in Europe

In order to offer flat-rate pricing for data roaming traffic, we also had to develop our own billing system which allows us to give our customers true "pay-as-you-go" pricing without being locked into fixed data plans and monthly fees. We also sign our data purchase agreements directly with the mobile operators, so we're eliminating 'roaming brokers' from the equation and therefore saving costs. 

ComfortWay participating at annual T-Mobile conference in Europe (Oct. 2014)
ComfortWay participating at annual T-Mobile conference in Europe (Oct. 2014)

We have demonstrated our first product at major travel exhibitions such as ITB in Berlin and World Travel Market in London. Last September, ComfortWay was selected as one of "the hottest and most innovative travel start-ups and innovations" at Travel Distribution Summit in New York.

 ComfortWay Travel Case in the news:

"Kickstarter project 'ComfortWay' promises truly worldwide data roaming on the cheap"
"Kickstarter project 'ComfortWay' promises truly worldwide data roaming on the cheap"
"ComfortWay iPhone Case Provides Cheap Data Roaming On The Go"
"ComfortWay iPhone Case Provides Cheap Data Roaming On The Go"
"Smart iPhone case offers all-day data roaming for just $2"
"Smart iPhone case offers all-day data roaming for just $2"
“Fund this: iPhone case offers all-day data roaming"
“Fund this: iPhone case offers all-day data roaming"
"Partnership with popular booking systems provides Free Mobile Internet"
"Partnership with popular booking systems provides Free Mobile Internet"
"a multicarrier, virtual SIM technology and cloud billing platform"
"a multicarrier, virtual SIM technology and cloud billing platform"
"An iOS app gives users control over charges, adding money to their prepaid account, and more"
"An iOS app gives users control over charges, adding money to their prepaid account, and more"

Special offer for all backers:

  • Share our campaign on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ and get 5 % discount on more than 27.000 tours and activities all over the world through our partner http://www.Excursiopedia.com.
  • Share our campaign on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ and get FREE Premium account for 3 months at popular flight tracker http://www.appintheair.mobi/. It suggests you the best places to eat and how to connect to free Wi-Fi, and offers ground transportation services in 900+ airports worldwide.
  • Holiday gift certificate. If you would like to be a backer and 'gift' ComfortWay Travel Case to family of friends, let us know and we'll set you up with a nice certificate that you can wrap and present. 
  • Affiliate program. Invite your friends to become backers; for every person who signs on we'll credit your ComfortWay account with 1GB of free Mobile Internet. 

Stretch goals for new features:

  • If we reach $1M: Unlock ComfortWay Travel Case for iPhone 6 Plus 
  • If we reach $2M: Let's party! We'll give away 5 days of All-Day Mobile Internet for all backers absolutely free!

We have developed a compact (50 x 40 x 3 mm) module which includes:

  • HSPA+ Qualcomm mobile chipset and antenna 
  • Embedded SIM chip with “over-the-air” update technology
  • Low power Wi-Fi chipset
  • ComfortWay firmware with API for interaction with third-party applications.

The module is managed via our cloud platform with own billing and Internet bonus systems.

As soon as a Comfort Travel Case user clicks “Start Internet” in the ComfortWay mobile app, the module sends a request to our server for Virtual SIMs from local mobile operators. The embedded SIM chip is updated “over-the-air” and activates a connection with the best local operator (without involving roaming brokers).

Currently we have agreements with 54 operators in Europe and America and plan to expand the coverage to 100 countries beginning May 2015

Billing system provides honest pay-as-you-go rates, online control over expenses on data, and easy adding of credit with bank cards and e-money.

We've also built in a unique bonus system which provides free mobile Internet credits after booking a hotel or a ticket at popular booking systems. We receive commission fees from our travel partners and we share this revenue with our user customers.

ComfortWay Travel Case Timeline
ComfortWay Travel Case Timeline
Development Timeline
Development Timeline

ComfortWay was founded in 2012 by Oleg Pravdin after a business trip to Europe and Asia left him with a $5,000 data roaming charge on his mobile phone bill. Together with Yaroslav Svintsov they started a hard work on development of the innovative solution for travelers.

We already have a commercial product which combines telecom, billing and online booking technologies. It covers the entire European Union and provides unlimited Internet access charged at a flat daily rate. It's being sold in major airports (London, Frankfurt, Madrid and Berlin), in e-shops, and in our European offices.

ComfortWay is now a multinational team with offices in the USA, Europe and China, and travel partners that include Booking.com, Excursiopedia.com, Europcar.com, Hotel.info, and dozens of others.  

ITB Exhibition in Berlin (Mar'14)
ITB Exhibition in Berlin (Mar'14)

In March 2015 we will be launching ComfortWay Travel Case at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, the largest mobile exhibition in the world.

Our Development Team:

Say 'hello' to our development team which includes travel experts, software designers and hardware engineers with more than 10 years experience working with mobile operators and telecom vendors including Samsung, Nokia and Motorola.

We have expertise in the development of VoIP solutions, video communications, text messaging, billing systems and firmware. It helps us to develop innovative travel case which is built on the edge of the Telecom, Travel and Secure technologies.

Planned Coverage (by May 2015):

Coverage map (May'15)
Coverage map (May'15)

Americas:  Argentina, Aruba (Netherlands), Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, USA.

Asia & Middle East:  Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea South, Kuwait, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Yemen.

Europe:  Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar(UK), Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican.

Other regions:  Australia, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, New Zealand, South Africa.

Current Coverage: 54 countries (mostly European countries)

Future Coverage: the list will be expanded to 150+ countries by the end of 2015.

Risks and challenges

Our main challenge will be our negotiation processes with local mobile operators throughout the world. Currently we have working agreements and Letters of Intent with 50+ mobile operators in Europe and America. While we prefer to negotiate direct agreements with the operators, it is possible that will need to work via brokers in some countries in order to expand our coverage. It is also possible that some mobile operators will refuse to work with us entirely.

On the product side, we already have a previous commercial hardware product that serves as a prototype; we have proven supplier and vendor relationships for manufacturing our proprietary chip module; we have built out our cloud billing and service platform; and we have successfully integrated with popular booking systems. We also have a beta-version of our iOS mobile app.

The last step is to embed our proprietary module into a battery case -- for which we will use a proven OEM battery manufacturer. Upon completion of a successful Kickstarter, we can place our initial order and a prototype ComfortWay Travel Case product will be ready this December for testing.

When we have a final working prototype of the Travel Case we will apply for Apple's 'Made-for-iPhone' (MFi) certification, but there is a risk that they will decline our application. That risk is mitigated by the fact that we will use a known OEM battery manufacturer for production.

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