While living abroad, we often need to communicate with our family and friends back home. Whenever we think of making long distance International calls, the first thing that strikes our minds are the expensive phone bills. But international calling does not have to cost a fortune at all times. In fact, in some cases, it can be free. The advancements in technology have made it easier for us to connect with our loved ones around the globe. In this modern era, no one should be paying hefty sums for making long distance phone calls. There are a variety of options to make and receive low-cost domestic and international calls. Here’s a list of services that you can use to make affordable calls to other countries.

 

International calling cards

If you are a person who likes to keep things simple, this may be a good option for you. By using international calling cards of any popular service provider, you can turn your local phone into international one. These call cards come with a specific amount ($10, $20, $50) worth of talk time. After scratching at the back, a code appears which you need to dial. This will route your call to your desired number, your credited time will be deducted on the basis of minutes you consume on the call. A major disadvantage of using international calling card is that you will be charged the local call rate as well. Prepaid international calling card is also a sought-after option, which is easily available at gas stations, airports and supermarkets. In this type, you need to dial the toll-free number given on back of the card and after entering the pin; you can dial the desired number. The calling tariffs can range from 2 to 5 cents a minute. One must read all the details carefully while using these choices as many companies charge maintenance and recharging fees additionally.

 

 

 

SKYPE

Skype is a popular choice of many consumers who want to make international calls worldwide. To use Skype’s calling feature, you need to download the app on your phone or personal computer. You can make a voice or video call directly from one person to another person for free. To be able to call on landline or mobile through Skype, you need to buy its premium packages. These plans charge you on per minute or flat monthly basis; you can choose what suits you the best according to your needs. There are a few drawbacks of using Skype for making international calls. You have to pay extra for group and conferencing calls, also your Skype talk time credit will expire after 180 days of inactivity. At times due to network congestion, it may be difficult to get good line through Skype resulting in poor voice/video quality

VoIP Calling Services

This is the best and cheapest option available to make seamless international voice communication. VoIP or voice over internet protocol is a rapidly developing technology for make long distance international calls at extremely affordable rates. Unlike the traditional PSTN phone systems, VoIP uses the internet for making phone calls. In VoIP, voice is converted to data packages which are then transmitted over the internet. At the receiving end, original voice signal is then recovered from these data packets, giving crystal clear communication service. The best virtue of using VoIP is that it doesn’t need any additional software or hardware devices, just by using your phone or computer; you can connect a low cost internet call to person located at any part of the world. DroidCall is a leading VoIP service provider that offers variety of packages starting from 1.99 cents/minute. People who like to talk more can subscribe to their flat monthly plans.          

 

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Apart from the above mentioned ways, there are many apps such as WhatsApp, Viber, Facetime which offer international calling for some monthly costs. Some services also require the app to be installed in sender’s and receiver’s phone in addition to internet connection.

That’s it, now there are no more excuses to not calling your family and friends back home. Choose the one that suits you the best and stop letting your loved one’s worry about you all the time.