The world is a much more connected place today than it ever has been. With the Internet, social media and mountains of technology, keeping in touch with the people who matter to you most has never been easier.
But if you want to actually speak to friends, family and business contacts from around the world, it can be easier said than done. Many mobile phone providers charge extortionate rates for making calls to numbers abroad, which can all vary depending on the country you are calling from, the country you are making the call too and how long you are on the phone for.
Call apps are a fantastic way to make international calls for a fraction of the cost of traditional mobile providers. Cheap costs per minute to many destinations around the world mean that you can call anyone, anywhere, anytime for as long as you like and you can be assured you won’t be getting any nasty surprises when you next phone bill arrives. You simply download a call app, put some credit in your balance and away you go.
What is a connection fee?
Most mobile phone providers charge a connection fee for international calls on top of the rate per minute for the call itself. This connection fee is a charge applied every time a call is connected to a line in another country. All the different phone providers charge a slightly different connection fee and this can also vary depending on where you are calling and where you are calling from. On top of extremely high rates per minute, this connection fee just helps to bump up the cost of an international phone call.
There are several types of call apps available on the market to choose from, so you should always shop around. Go for one that doesn’t charge a connection fee, such as Foocall for example, and you can take advantage of cheap international calls with the added bonus of not being charged this initial fee. You can find yourself being charged a connection fee with many other mobile providers but call apps who don’t charge you this fee and so make for a much more economic option when you need to make international calls.
As well as there often being no connection fee, call apps also offer the benefits of not being tied into any contract. You can simply use the service as and when you need to and only pay for the minutes you actually use. There are no lengthy forms to fill out or waiting around for a new SIM card to arrive in the post. Just simply download the app and get started making those long distance calls.
In a time of recession where everybody is trying to save as much money where they can, when they can, being able to cut costs on your international calls is a must do. Whether you need to telephone abroad for business reasons or to keep in touch with relatives and friends, call aps are a must have for anyone; whether you make one international call a day or one a year.
As you would with anything else, shop around when it comes to call apps too. Find the ones offering the best call rates that also won’t charge you any connection fees. Save yourself money and also the stress any worry of what your next mobile phone bill will look like if you have been making calls abroad.
Alfred Smith is a passion blogger who loves to review iPhone, iPad and Android apps. This tech boy keeps up-to-date on Apple, Facebook. Google & Microsoft.