No matter your reasons for making international calls, whether you are calling home from a holiday, calling loved ones who live abroad or communicating overseas for business, the end result is the same; costly and often unaffordable call charges.
There are a number of options to consider to help cut the cost of making international calls; from purchasing a call-card to using a call back service. There are so many in fact that it can be hard to know which option is the best for you and many come with added complications.
For example when calling home from your holiday abroad you could consider purchasing a local or international SIM card. This can reduce the cost of both making and receiving calls but in order to do so your phone will need to be unlocked and you will also need to pass on your new number to anyone who may wish to contact you.
If you are making international business calls you may wish to consider switching provider; comparing packages can help you find a better deal for your international calls.
However, it is important to weigh up the benefits as a new provider may offer better packages for calls abroad but not for local calls which can be equally as important.
There is another option however which can not only provide a cheaper way to make international calls but in some cases can be completely free.
With the ever increasing accessibility of the internet a new generation of communication has developed. No longer limited to simply sending emails, people are now able to send instant messages and can even make free or cheap calls from their computers, laptops or smartphones all thanks to VoIP.
VoIP (voice over internet protocol) allows people to make free computer to computer calls to anywhere in the world for any length of time. It is even possible to make calls to landlines and mobile phones as many VoIP providers such as Skype are able to offer affordable international calls.
The main reason why VoIP can cost less is because it is possible to send and receive larger amounts of data via the internet than it is by using traditional phone lines, as operating costs are lower so too are call charges.
Although there are clear advantages to using VoIP as a tool for business and those who are keeping in touch with their families; it can also be beneficial to those who are travelling abroad.
As technological advances make gadgets lighter and easier to transport, more and more people are travelling with all of their favourite tech in tow. For this reason many hotels and other types of accommodation are choosing to provide free WiFi access. This enables those who are on holiday to use laptops and smartphones instead of making costly calls from their mobiles.
While many alternatives exist for cheaper calls, VoIP seems to be the most effective and easily accessible; opening the doors to much more cost effective global communication.
Do you make use of VoIP to make international calls? Let us what you think of it in the comments below.