Prior to Internet calling, international calling was a very scary and a frustrating affair. Gone are the days with crowded telephone booths and noisy connections to try and stay in touch with your loved ones. You do have a lot of VoIP services at your disposal now and your family and folks are just a finger-tip-touch away! A few tips on calling from Asia to anywhere in the world.
You will first need to sign up on an internet calling service for making free calls. Skype is one of the most popular services not just with travelers but also students and employees who live abroad for work or studies. It’s free and has a superb connectivity and is a great user-friendly app for voice and video chats. All you need is a good internet connection. With net hotspots practically at every corner these days, staying connected is not a big problem. Google Voice and Viber are other calling services and are available as apps for a lot of common operating systems like iOS and Androids which enable you to make free calls. However most of these apps need the user at the other end too to sign up for free international calling.
If you wish to call regular phone numbers or landlines from these calling services, you must first fund your accounts with the minimum credit required. It varies from country to country but a minimal fee is charged to activate the service. Alternatively, you could visit localphone.com where charges are quite competitive and there is no connection fee for popular destination like the US or Europe. Skype also offers subscription services where you can pay a flat monthly rate in advance and make unlimited international calls to the country of your choice. When credit runs out, you can always refill it by paying online. Do check the rates before placing the call as charges vary from country to country.
Another option to call from Asia anywhere in the world is to use the international calling cards. They turn out to be slightly more expensive but if you are travelling low profile without a smartphone or laptop and on pocket string budgets, these cards prove to be a good option. They come in several denominations and have their own functionality depending on the service provider. Check with the vendor while using them to get an accurate idea on charges applicable. There is sometimes a fee levied if calls are placed from payphones using these cards. Get informed before using them.
And the last and the most expensive option is to call from your own mobile phone or any mobile phone for that matter. You will need a GSM-enabled phone for placing a call from Asia. You can purchase a cheap GSM phone on arrival if you don’t have one or rent one at home before you start travelling. This is however an expensive affair and you need to be really relaxed on your budget if you are going for international calling this way!