Phone Calling Tips for International Students
Studying in another country is a once in a lifetime experience...calling home to talk about it shouldn't be. International calls can be very expensive unless you plan in advance. There are many calling options, including prepaid phone cards, internet calling (VOIP), standard long distance and calling cards. While each option offers advantages and disadvantages, many students choose prepaid phone cards as their preferred method of making affordable and convenient international calls.
Typically, prepaid phone cards offer very competitive international rates. There are no surprise phone bills, and you pay only for the minutes used. They are readily available for purchase at various stores and online. Also, prepaid phone cards provide great accessibility and portability, so that you can make a call from any phone, regardless of your location. And many card providers will provide an online account to monitor call usage and billing.
Overall, international phone cards are the preferred option if you want a mobile and easy calling service. If you have a mobile/cellular phone, most providers also allow calls from a mobile phone while still getting the same low rate.
For a comprehensive calling plan, international students can use an international phone card for most calls, and back it up with a VOIP plan, which often provides even lower rates when you are near your computer.
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