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.
Use a Calling App Wifi
Rebtel is ingenious, a service that can either set up a free, Skype-like call over wifi or cellular 3G networks, or, if those are unavailable, route international calls through a local number. The latter option does require access to a landline, or an unlocked "world phone" and you'll be charged for the local call. Rebtel's international calling rates are showstoppers, though, such as 1.5 cents per minute to the United States.
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