What’s the best way to make phonecalls when traveling outside your home country? Here are several strategies.
- Change SIM cards. Avoid roaming charges by using an international SIM card in your unlocked GSM tri- or quad-band phone. By cards from several sources, including cellularabroad.com. Check that your phone has the correct GSM frequency for your location. You’ll most likely get a temporary international number with this approach.
- Sign up for an International Roaming Plan. Your carrier may have international roaming plans that can carry you temporarily through your travels. This is a very convenient way of keeping your current phone and SIM card while traveling, but even with the special plans, rates can be high.
- Use your Laptop to make calls. Using a service like Skype or other VOIP phone services may be a very cheap way to make phonecalls while traveling abroad. All you need is a broadband wireless internet connection. But, you must have your laptop with you.
- WiFi online calls with an iPhone or other smart phone. If you have a smart phone, you can download WiFi software for making almost free calls over the internet from truphone.com. You may also try purchasing a dedicated WiFi phone