FIR Interview – Conor O’Neill, LouderVoice: September 29, 2007

Irish tech start-up Cubic Telecom wowed participants at the recent TechCrunch 40 conference in San Francisco with their MAXRoam SIM card for mobile phones. The company claims it’s the world’s first universal SIM card offering favourable roaming and call rates anywhere in the world.

Cubic is now poised to launch Cubic Mobile in October, a dual mode GSM/WiFi phone which uses the MAXRoam SIM card to enable users to roam anywhere in the world at low mobile rates as well as make free calls in thousands of WiFi hotspots worldwide.

In this FIR Interview recorded at PodCamp Ireland in Kilkenny, Ireland, Neville Hobson talked with Conor O’Neill about Cubic’s products and the buzz that’s resulted.

About our Conversation Partner

Conor O'NeillConor O’Neill has been involved in developing software since the early 90s, initially in consumer embedded but latterly in web applications. Whilst he has worked in multinationals like Philips, EMC and McAfee, start-ups have always drawn him back.

He started personal blogging in 2001 and business blogging in 2005. He is heavily involved in the start-up scene in Ireland through BarCamp, OpenCoffee, Web2Ireland, ShareIT and Paddy’s Valley. The launch of LouderVoice in May 2007 brought together his business, technical and personal interests.

He lives in Bandon in West Cork with his wife, 5 kids and neglected vegetable patch.

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Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.