Calling Internationally From a Cell Phone
When calling international from a cell phone, you should always be aware of what service you are using and how much money each minute on the call is costing you. You might find that using an app instead of a calling card or carrier calling plan can save you a significant amount on international calls from a cell phone!
International Calling Plans
Companies like Verizon, Sprint and AT&T allow you to make international calls from your cell phone for a stated per minute rate that varies by country. You can also sign up for an international calling plan for a few dollars a month that cuts the per minute rate by half or two thirds. If you do a lot of calling international from a cell phone, and don’t want to bother with a separate service, a monthly plan combined with the lower rate may be a good option for you.
You can also use calling cards with your cell phone to make international calls, but this can be expensive unless you just make one or two calls per month. Since calling cards round up minutes in increments of one, three or five, and may charge a connection or termination fee for each call, lost of short calls end up costing quite a it more than the per minute rate offered. Be sure to read the fine print before buying a calling card for making international calls from a cell phone, and figure out what your real cost per call is.
Finally, you can use a mobile app to make international calls from your mobile phone. Skype has apps for cell phones, as do fring, Vonage, Google Voice and Viber. Rebtel has mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, Windows phones, Android devices and more, so you can take advantage of extremely low rates when calling internationally from a cell phone, and you can even make some international calls for free when using wifi or 3G to call friends or family who also have Rebtel on their mobile device.
Whatever method you choose for making international calls with your cell phone, you should always think about other things such as call quality, incidence of dropped calls, and other factors that make your calls stress free and convenient. Having the cheapest rate in the world does no good if you can’t depend on the service to make each call hassle free and clear as a bell!