If you take vacations or are moving overseas, making calls home using a regular cell phone will be a costly expense.
If you frequently take vacations overseas or are thinking of moving overseas in the near future, making calls home using a regular cell phone will be a costly expense. There are many cheap alternatives to your costly U.S. based cell phone plan.
Cell phone companies will likely charge you per minute for roaming if you travel overseas. Many companies will even charge you if your cell phone is caught “pinging” cell towers located in foreign countries.
There are many options available to you that will drastically reduce the cost of using a cell phone overseas.
One cheap way to use cell service overseas is to purchase an unlocked cell phone. While cell phones that are sold in the United States do not come unlocked, many people offer unlocking services for a small fee. Some cell phones may be harder to unlock than others, so you may not always have the best of luck with this method.
Once you have an unlocked cell phone in your possession you can purchase a sim card when you arrive at your destination. Depending on what country you are located in, the cost of these ranges from a couple of dollars to over twenty dollars.
Once you have inserted the sim card into your unlocked cell phone, you will be able to make calls to the United States for much less than you normally would through a U.S. based cell service.
Skype has been around for quite a while now, and has evolved along with the needs of its users. Using Skype you are able to call computers, land lines and cell phones all from your Mac or PC.
Skype normally charges a low fee to call land lines and a nominal fee to call cell phones. A service offered by Skype called SkypeIn allows you to keep your own U.S. based phone number while traveling overseas.
Once your preferences are correctly set, Skype forwards all your calls from your U.S. based phone number to a local number in your respective foreign country. Be mindful, however, that this service is only available in twenty three countries.
Use your iPhone
The iPhone can make this process much easier for you. Fring, a 3rd party iPhone application (but also works on other smart phones) allows you to connect to your Skype account as long as you have a Wi-Fi signal. Skype then allows you to make calls through Fring on your iPhone to your loved ones in the U.S.
Because the iPhone5 from Bell makes international calling much easier and more convenient with the Fring application, this should be the preferred choice when calling your family back home.
Melisa Cammack is an avid traveler, and working as a freelance writer allows her to keep on the go. Not having a particular preference on Apple or Android phones for traveling with, Melisa recommends this article to make a decision yourself on what phone is the best for you.