This is a guest post from the writers of DialToSave
Even in this age of constant global telecommunications, we still think of long-distance phone calls as being a very expensive luxury. The idea of being able to make cheap calls to Australia, for example, is still something regarded as unrealistic in the United Kingdom but the reality is that cheap international calls, even from mobiles, are available now.
Thanks to recent developments in telephony and mobile technology, cheap calls to India, South America, Japan, the Caribbean, or any other global destination can be accessed by anyone. Rates for international calls, which in the past could cost upwards of 50p per minute, are now as cheap as 0.5p per minute.
International call companies have established special arrangements with telephone network suppliers worldwide, allowing mobile users in the UK to make calls to India, China and beyond on lines of excellent quality and large volume.
The new processes for making cheap international calls from mobile phones are remarkably straightforward. Mobile users can use their handsets, such as the new Samsung Galaxy Ace and HTC Gratia, to directly set up international calling accounts that are paid for through their existing mobile phone bills. Online payment providers such as Paypal can also be used to add funds to international calling accounts.
Once an account has been funded, mobile users simply enter a pin number on their handset, followed by the international telephone number they wish to call, and the cheap call rates will be activated and deducted from their pre-funded account. UK network providers will treat the international call like a normal domestic call, meaning international calls around the world can be covered by inclusive minutes on UK contracts.
Another fantastic feature of this technology is that the balance of international call accounts can be tracked online, so you can make sure that you get the most from what you’ve paid for. With rates as low as 0.5p per minute, £5 of credit could afford you over 16 hours of international calls. Compared to the price of international calls in years gone by, the savings are staggering.
The days of buying a physical piece of card in a newsagent and rushing over to your nearest phone box to call your long lost uncle in Australia might hold some heady, nostalgic memories. But existing technology and services offering cheap calls to Australia mean that scenes like this are rarely necessary. Giving your uncle a call is now not only a great deal easier but also a whole lot cheaper as well!