Learning the Art Of Cheap International Calls

If you have a relative abroad or someone you love in another country, then knowing how to contact them without spending too much money is a must. The chance to talk to them while spending minimal amount of money is given by cheap international calls. What are the applications that offer these services and what can you use to make these calls? Here are some of the applications you can try out.

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One of the most popular services to make cheap international calls is Skype. It is an application that you can use with your laptop and mobile. If you want to make calls that are absolutely free and even see the person you are talking to, Skype video calls are absolutely made for you. By making an account with Skype and having your friend make one too, you can talk to him or her anywhere as long as you both have internet connection. On the other hand, if you want to call someone who does not have a Skype account, you can call their landline or mobile phones as well at a very low price.

Local phone

Local phone is another app that you can use to make cheap international calls. The rates of this application are even lower than that of Skype’s. What is even better is that you can call anyone abroad with any landline or mobile phone. You can also access it online using your laptop. And when you go to another country, you can rent an incoming number from them so that your friends can call you at a cheap price too! Many users are praising its effectivity as well so why not try it out?


Call2 applications are available on your phone whether it is an Iphone, Blackberry or any android mobile device. It also has a lot of features than other applications out there as well besides making cheap international calls. It features warning alerts that notify you when your balance is low, a rate checker where you can see how much your call would cost and a night time alert to notify you about the time zone difference of the country you want to call.

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This application not only offers you cheap international calls but also saves your battery. It does not have any monthly fees and it even works in a really simple way. You do not need to dial international codes to call the person you want to call. If ever the application does not support the number you are calling, it will send you a message about it and the call would not even be connected so you would not have to pay a single cent at all.

Other applications

There are a lot of applications out there that offer cheap international calls; all you have to do is find the one that suits you best. In order to do this, you must know the country you are trying to call, search some information on the regular call rates between your country and that country and then search for the best deal you can find.

Nowadays, even Facebook offers cheap international calls as long as both parties have an account. So if you think about it, social media is not just for posting your pictures online or talking about your life but also for making calls. In the modern world where technology keeps on improving, cheap international calls are not impossible anymore and are even tend to be free of charge. So the next time you think of making a call to someone internationally, you might want to consider these options instead of paying too much for a single call.

The Importance of Cheap International Calls in Our World Today

Unlike how it was in the past, people can go from one place to another with ease. People can go out-of-town using land-based transportation. Businessmen or travelers can visit overseas sites, going from their original place to their destination, in under one day using airplanes. It is that easy to travel from one location to another nowadays.

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Since a lot of people are into traveling – be it for business or for vacation – keeping in touch with the people they leave behind or the individuals they will be meeting is imperative. They need to make cheap international calls to people at home, especially when they miss them. Scheduling a meeting with the people at their destination is also easier by just using calling cards too.

In the past, even with the existence of telephones, calling overseas was extremely expensive. That is why even with people being away from their family members, they often result to writing letters instead because that option is cheaper than calling overseas. There is great savings in writing letters instead of making a phone call.

How to Make Cheap International Calls

Everything changed at the turn of the century. Instead of spending a lot of money just to buy expensive calling cards or take advantage of international direct dial, there are many methods that allow people to make cheap international calls today without spending a lot.

International Calling Add-ons

A lot of postpaid mobile phone carriers allow their subscribers to take advantage of international calling add-ons. These add-ons are additional services customers can choose to add to their subscription at a time when they really need to. When they are traveling to Europe, they can purchase an add-on that will allow them to call from or to Europe. The features in the international calling add-ons depend on the postpaid mobile phone carriers the subscribers are using.

International Calling Plans

For those mobile phone users who are always outside of the country, they can take advantage of international plans. This is similar to the international calling add-ons but instead of being an additional service, it is the main plan that the subscriber is taking advantage of.


VoIp, otherwise known as Voice over Internet Protocol, is another option that people can take advantage of when they want to make overseas calls. This is the technology that allows people to make voice calls with just the Internet connection. This means that, in order to make a call, one needs to have Internet access first.

Video Calling Apps

With the software capabilities of the latest mobile phones in the industry, video calling apps have become more and more popular. Many video calling apps (FaceTime, etc.) can be found in the Google Play Store or Android Market. You can choose whatever video calling app that can be downloaded into your mobile.

These are just some of the basic examples of how people can save money on making international phone calls. With these options, keeping in touch with family members is not that difficult and expensive anymore. Anyone can go to places without worrying about missing out on important things just because they are not physically there.

4 Things You Need to Know About International Calls

The age of the internet is remarkable. 20 years ago, the idea of instant communication seemed almost impossible. Makers of Back to the Future would be proud to know that their concept of the videophone did not just come true, it’s available for just about anyone today. However, not everyone knows how to take advantage of these advancements in technology. A good number of people today are still stuck behind the times. So if you’re a dinosaur or technologically handicapped, this list is to help you learn how to make international calls in the easiest, cheapest, most convenient way possible.

Know About International Calls

1. It does not have to be expensive.

Gone are the days when long distance calls were such a big deal. There are so many affordable ways to make international calls. Programs like Skype, Viber, Rebtel and even Facebook Messenger use the internet to let you call people using the same program at the same time for free. These services also allow you to call telephones and mobile phones without their apps at prices usually lower than local telenetworks. It’s an ideal investment if you have loved ones abroad or planning to go aborad.

2. Use calling cards or LetsBrik if you don’t plan to make international calls often.

Majority of communication networks make the bulk of their money selling monthly subscriptions or credits with expiries. With prepaid international calling cards, you will have more control over the calls you make and how much you spend. And if apps and calling cards are really not your thing, LetsBrik would be perfect for you. It’s a browser-based program that you can use without installing an app, program or plug-in. You just go to the site, log in and start calling. As an added bonus, their credits have no expiry so you can log in and use it once, and even if it’s months before you log in again, it will be exactly as you left it.

3. Go old school if you’re desperate.

Cheap international calls are available because there’s internet basically everywhere. But what if you’re a traveler off the beaten path exploring the monasteries of Tibet? Or if you get lost trekking in the jungle and your 3G fails you? These worst case scenarios can happen to anyone and like a good boy scout, it pays to be prepared. Most of today’s generation know as much about landlines as they do about the Cold War. In other words, they’ve heard of its existence but don’t see how it could be relevant to them. But these codes are what made long distance calls first possible. It’s pretty simple. Every country and city/area has its own code. You dial the area code, the city/area code then the telephone number. Remember, during massive power outages, cell sites lose signal faster than telephone lines lose connection. They still exist for a reason.

4. Cherish your calls.

Because it’s so easy to make international calls, we’ve taken it for granted. International calling card have become so cheap that we forget that conversations are priceless. Think about it. There are billions of people on the planet and only a small percentage of those lives are crossed with yours. Cherish the conversation.

Tips for Making Cheap International Phone Calls

Regardless of how much time you spend on your phone, whether you are going out of the country with it every other week or even just once or twice every year, saving money in making international calls is important. Here are some of the things that you need to do in order to make cheap international calls regardless of where you are in the world.

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The most obvious and probably the most efficient advice when it comes to availing cheap international calls is for you to consider first if it is really necessary to make a phone call. Think of what exactly you are going to say during your call. Is it going to be long? Does it have to do with something extremely significant that it needs to be transmitted through a call?

Sending a roaming text, rather than calling, is much cheaper than a phone call that lasts for one minute. However, there is a chance that you might need to send multiple texts in order to fully transmit your message, although it is still a cheaper choice than calling. In addition, using pay phones for local phone calls and buying calling cards for international calls can save you a lot of money.

If it is not necessary for you to use your phone when you are abroad, set your phone in order to divert any calls it may receive to voicemail. If you do not do this and someone tries to call you and has that call go to voicemail because you were unable to answer it, you will still pay for the voicemail as if you answered the call in the first place.

If it is absolutely important for you not to lose contact with people from your country of origin, deactivate the divert of any of your mobile voicemail. Therefore, whenever someone calls you, you will be given the choice to answer or not, but regardless, the caller will not be diverted to voicemail, making it impossible to be charged for a voicemail message left by the caller.

If it is possible, only check your voicemail when you get home. Remember that listening to a voicemail costs the same as making an international call.

Another method of international calling is by buying a local PAYG SIM card. A country’s local PAYG, or Pay As You Go SIM card, will make landline calls much cheaper, and will even allow you to make cheap international calls or receive them without costing too much. However, before you decide to buy a card, check the rules in that country regarding the prices of international calls, or whether they would allow local SIM cards to accept calls from outside the country.

Another way of making cheap international calls is by buying a mobile roaming bundle or add-on, especially if you frequently leave the country and you use your phone to make international calls. Roaming add-ons or bundles can decrease the cost of your calls by as much as ten to ninety percent, depending on the mobile network and on the place where you are going. Before buying an add-on, think first of whether it is well-justified for you to avail of one considering how many calls you make.

4 Reasons That Will Make You Happy For Visiting India

India is a country of diversity in various aspects – weather, culture, language, cuisine, landscapes, architecture and a lot more. We have already spoken a lot about the amazing experience that you can enjoy by visiting India in previous posts.


However, did you also know that India is home to 27 World Heritage Sites recognized by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)? These places are of national and cultural importance and contribute to the history of the world. We have listed four of them below, which are an absolute delight to visit:

  1. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam
    A UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, a National Park, a tiger and elephant reserve and Biosphere Reserve, this wildlife sanctuary located in Assam is known for its rare and endangered wildlife. Located in the Himalayan foothills, it is in close proximity with the Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan. Apart from tigers, elephants and deer, you can also see the endangered Assam Roofed Turtle, Hispid Hare, Pygmy Hog and more.
  2. Humayun Tomb, Delhi
    Many tourists know of and have visited the Qutab Minar and its monuments in Delhi. However, the lesser known and frequently Humayun Tomb, the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, is also a UNESCO protected and maintained site. It was commissioned in 1569 and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a renowned Persian architect chosen by Humanyun first wife. It was the first structure to use sandstone at such a large scale and is magnificent in every part of the architecture. Besides the main tomb, you can also see several smaller monuments, including one which dates back to the days of before the tomb itself was constructed.
  3. Churches and Convents, Goa
    The tiny and welcoming state of Goa is dotted with churches and convents (mostly in the South) which were built by Portuguese rulers between the 16th and 18th centuries. They were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1986. The most significant of these monuments are Basilica of Born Jesus, which also contains the remains of St. Francis Xavier and the Saint Catherine’s Chapel where one of the first Latin rite masses in Asia was held. These monuments of Goa were also known as the “Rome of the Orient” and make for wonderful and serene sites to visit and explore.
  4. Buddhist Monuments, Madhya Pradesh
    Located in the Raisen district in Madhya Pradesh, the Sanchi Stupa, also known as the Great Stupa, is the oldest stone structure in India. It was originally commissioned by Emperor Ashoka and dates back to the 3rd Century BC. At the heart, it is a simple semi circular brick structure which enshrine the relics of Buddha. It was crowned with a chatra, a hemispheric structure to symbolize the utmost respect bestowed upon it. In the 1st century BC, four beautifully carved ornamental designs (toranas) were added to the magnificent structure.

Traveling to India essentially means that it is an international trip. Hence, you will need calling cards or the likes to keep in touch with family and friends back home. These calling cards let you make cheap international calls to almost any destination globally. Plus, they offer plans where users can enjoy unlimited India calling. So, if you and your family use these options, you not only can make cheap international calls to them but they can also enjoy unlimited India calling to keep in touch with you for as long as they want.

As mentioned at the beginning, there are 27 World Heritage Sites in India. This article is not to indicate that the above listed four are better than the remaining 23 in any way. So you must travel to India to explore these iconic architectural marvels to take back memories of them.

A Challenge You Might Face When Traveling to Smaller Destinations

It’s probably the traveling world’s worst kept secret that smaller destinations offer a lot more thrill, adventure and charm than conventional and popular ones. Since smaller destinations attract less visitors, they not only are more welcoming of tourists but also let tourists relax more and have a better experience.


There is, however, one major challenge that most small destinations are currently battling – the language barrier.

According to Samantha Shankman, the rise in repeat visitation for a country increases when efforts are put in to get tourists out of the city and popular destinations and into lesser known ones. However, smaller different-language speaking destinations find it hard to accommodate tourists, not only logistically but also in the context of understanding and catering to their needs. “It’s difficult to promote or welcome foreign tourists to a destination where there are few to zero resources for them available in their language. As visitation is spread outside of cities and city centers, it’s important for even the smallest of businesses to prepare for a range of languages”, she says.

As a result, more destinations are being encouraged to use English in their communication, whether written or verbal. Hotels and restaurants are being asked to improve the presentation to the guests (local and international) and then open themselves. This, according to tourism directors, will help attract foreign tourists more easily.

If you are traveling to a lesser known destination with a different language, do take the effort to learn the basics of the language and acquaint yourself with the culture first. A brief culture know-how will ensure that you don’t do things to offend the locals and understand how they function better. A basic knowledge of the local language of the destination ensures that you can blend in with the locals and your needs are addressed quicker and more efficiently too. You can also download apps that help you translate words into the local language. These apps not only display the word, but also pronounce it so that you can pronounce the words correctly when interacting with locals.

Another must-have while traveling internationally is a calling card. A calling card is an important communications tool that lets you make cheap international calls to almost any destination across the globe. Thus, you can stay connected with family and friends wherever you are and even ask someone you know back home with some help on translation. Cheap international calls, made possible by calling cards, are the best way to stay connected 24/7.

So don’t let this language barrier challenge deter you from traveling to lesser known destinations. There are many more places to explore and things to do than you can find on popular travel sites. Take the plunge. Explore a new place and write about it yourself. For all you know, the memory of experience will not only last you a lifetime but also make you a celebrity somewhere. Life is short. Don’t live it without having taken chances.

3 Romantic Destinations in The Caribbean Islands

We’ve been talking a lot about the Caribbean since last month. And why not? It’s one of the most mesmerizing travel destinations in the world. Those who have visited the Caribbean (or even seen photos of it), will agree. Those who haven’t visited it… well… it’s about time you do, especially if you have a partner whom you want to pamper.


If you are inclined towards romance, the Caribbean offers a plethora of special places which are perfect for you, including hotels that have their own islands, quiet villages that let you unwind and enjoy some calm, or suites equipped with private pools. We have listed three of them below.

  1. Hermitage Bay, Antigua
    If money is no concern, this is the perfect place for you and your partner to spend quality time and soak in the beauty of surroundings. Couples barely emerge from their suites to experience the lovely surroundings, but who can blame them. If you stay in a hillside cottage surrounded by tropical greenery and have a private pool, verandah which offers a sensational view and room service which includes spas, it’s unlikely that you will leave your cottage too, right? To add to the cottages, there are also eight beachfront suites which are within touching distance of the gorgeous ocean.
  2. Laluna, Grenada
    Located in a secluded spot surrounded by the hillside and beaches on either side, Laluna is a favorite among honeymooners who visit Grenada. With just 16 non-luxurious cottage like rooms and small plunge pools for each, this place is intimate and gives out a relaxing vibe – something that is perfect if you want to get away from the everyday hustle and bustle. Laluna also has a good Italian beachfront restaurant, a Balinese-style spa, and a pavilion behind the beach for daily yoga and pilates sessions.
  3. Little Arches, Barbados
    There are just 10 houses in this small and cosy set-up, which is a big hit among youngish couples, most of whom yearn for the often-missing privacy from their daily lives. The beach across the road is frequented by locals, and the centre of Oistins, a fishing village famed for its fish fry weekly party, is a stroll away. There’s an excellent restaurant on the rooftop terrace of the hotel. Including return flights, you can enjoy seven nights at this location for just £1,299 – more than a bang for your buck.

When traveling to the Caribbean, do remember to purchase calling cards to keep in touch with loved ones back home. These calling cards can be purchased at the airport or online and let you make international calls to almost any destination globally. So you don’t need to worry about spending on international calls because you can do so at really low call rates. These calling cards are one of the most effective options to make international calls and stay connected with family and friends.

The Caribbean is a dream-like destination which is still not touched by lots of urbanization. A lot of hotels, however, have taken over small beaches and made them captive. So visit the place before the landscape changes further, not just because hotels are taking over, but to simply enjoy the thrilling beauty that the set of islands has to offer.