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How to Phone Home

May 24, 2005

By Suzy Buckley

Using the phone in your hotel room is like playing a game of Russian roulette. Even if prices are posted, you’re never quite sure of the outcome – at least, until you reach the checkout desk.

There are a handful of ways, however, to beat the system. For instance, many cellular-phone carriers now have GSM-based technology – so your cellphone will often, but not always work abroad.

Here are five other ways to save:

1. Sign up for Skype

Skype is a downloadable Internet telephony service. First you’ll need to invest $15-$20 for a PC headset, available at any electronics store. It will plug right into your computer’s headphone jack or USB port. Then visit skype.com to download the free software.

Calls are free if you’re phoning someone who also has Skype software. Should you phone non-Skype users, rates – relatively low – vary according to the destination.

Don’t have your computer with you? Long onto any available computer, download the software, log in with your user account and make your calls. Services like voicemail cost extra.

Info: skype.com

2. Get Vonage

Vonage allows you to make and receive domestic and international phone calls via a broadband Internet connection in conjunction with a land telephone line.

First, purchase an adapter. If you buy it online at vonage.com, the total bill is about $60. With this you receive your first month’s service free. You can also go to a retail store (try Best Buy, Circuit City, Fry’s Electronics or CompUSA), where you’ll receive a store rebate of up to $60.

Vonage then assigns you a phone number. When you reach your destination, plug one end of the adapter into your computer and the other into the room’s telephone.

You also have the option of using your home phone number on the road, but only if you switch your home phone service over to Vonage ($24.99/month).

Monthly rates start at $14.99. Rates for calls per minute vary.

Info: vonage.com

3. Rent a Number

You can also rent a global phone, which will be sent by FedEx to your home.

Global phone rentals work in about 150 countries, and in about 20 of these countries you’ll receive a local phone number.

The average rental cost is $8/day, $56/week and $99/month. Calls – prices vary – are charged by the minute.

Most good phone-rental companies also rent cells for use in countries that work on different systems, like Japan and Korea, and offer satellite phones for use on cruises and in remote areas.

Info: Companies to try: Cellhire (cellhire.com), WorldCell (worldcell.com), Mobal Communications (mobal-rental.com), Roberts-Rent-a-Phone (roberts-rent-a-phone.com) and Roadpost (roadpost.com).

4. Get Carded

If you like to keep things simple, a phone card might be your best bet. (Actually, the info found on phone cards, i.e. your pin number, is usually now received via the Internet.)

However, keep in mind that a hotel will still charge you a connection fee and/or a per-minute rate for using its phone, even if you’re only calling your card’s toll-free access number.

Chances are you’ll save money by using the card at a pay phone; you’ll still have to pay a per-call surcharge, but it will usually be cheaper than the one charged by the hotel.

Info: Phone cards are often plagued by confusing pricing structures. For “cleaner” cards (an industry term for “simpler”) try Zaptel (zaptel.com), SpeedyPin (speedypin.com) and United World Telecom (uwt4me.com).

5. Buy a BlackBerry

If you’re as concerned about e-mails as you are about voice calls, go to Cingular or T-Mobile and buy a BlackBerry that supports a “quad-band” network.

This model will allow for international roaming phone calls and e-mail access between North America, Europe and Asia.
After you pay for the BlackBerry itself (these models start at $199), you’ll pay for a monthly BlackBerry data plan (from $29.99/month), a one-time activation fee (about $35), and an international calling fee (this can cost as little as nothing).



 
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