During the past 20 years, international long-distance calls from the United States has increased from 200 million a year to more than 6.2 billion a year, according to the Federal Communications Commission. You can stay in touch with friends, family and business associates overseas using international long-distance phone plans. Some plans include hidden fees, while others may have calling restrictions. Look for plans that will allow you to keep in touch without any worries.
AI Telephone, or AIT, (aitelephone.com) offers two international calling plans that allow you to place international calls from your cellphone or land line. Its flex plan is a prepaid plan, so you decide how many minutes you wish to purchase before making calls. The rates begin at 1.9 cents per minute. AIT's also offers the global call connect plan's rates start from 1.9 cents per minute as well. The global call connect plan bills you for the minutes you use at the end of every month so you do not have to worry about running out of prepaid minutes. There are no hidden fees, and there are no added taxes.
Skype (skype.com) is a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system that allows you to make phone calls internationally over the Internet. Many smartphones offer a Skype application, so you don't need to be at your computer to make a phone call. Skype offers an unlimited worldwide calling plan for $13.99 a month in May 2011. There are no hidden fees, and you don't have to worry about how many minutes you are using. However, you need to be connected to the internet to use Skype whether you are using a cellphone or a computer.
Lingo (lingo.com) offers a no-contract, unlimited international calling plan for $21.95 a month, with the first month free as of May 2011. This is a land-line option. You don't have to count your minutes. Lingo doesn't charge an activation fee or make you change your phone number when signing up. Also, the plan includes calling features such as caller identification, voice mail and call waiting.
AGM Communications (callagm.com) offers an international calling plan starting at 1 cent per minute. Your prepay for your minutes, so you never have to worry about unexpected fees or charges. There are no activation charges, connection fees or cancellation fees. You can use a mobile phone or a land line with this plan, and you don't need an Internet connection.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images
What Phone Service Providers Have International Calling?
Phone calling cards aren't the only way -- or even necessarily the best way -- to connect to family members and friends...
The Best International Calling Card Companies
Whether you're planning to travel overseas or simply wish to stay in touch with a loved one studying, living, or working abroad,...