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.
Skype with Wifi
The most obvious way to make cheap international calls is to using the phone. Instead, set up a free Skype account, ask your friends, loved ones, or coworkers to do the same, and restrict your contact to those times when your phone is hooked up to a wifi connection. This is a best-case scenario, however, since free wifi hotspots at cafes, bookstores and other businesses aren't as common of a draw outside the U.S., and hotels can charge exorbitant rates for internet access.
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