Few topics are as rich with options, or as deeply disorienting, as the modern international call. As straightforward as a scheduled Skype-to-Skype conversation might be, overseas travel tends to unravel the best-laid plans, as wifi connections become scarce, phones refuse to connect to local networks, and hidden fees reach into the hundreds. Here are some tactics and strategies for staying in touch while trotting the globe.
Ask Your Carrier
If you're lucky, your carrier will handle the heavy lifting for you with existing deals or packages for both overseas-based calls and international data rates that are exponentially cheaper than default international roaming rates. As of this writing, the best of these offers comes from T-Mobile, whose Simple Choice plan ($50/monthly) includes unlimited voice on your home country's network, plus unlimited data and text around the world. Endless data means free or cheap use of services like Rebtel while traveling.
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