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Cheap ways to call home?

  • SimonD

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    I was in India over christmas, and when I got home I had a 400$ phone bill waiting for me. Sure, you don't need to call your girlfriend everyday, and sure, it's not everytime you are going to India, that you get stuck in New Delhi for days, trying to book a new ticket via phone.
    I learned that the hard way I guess.

    That being said, I would really like to stay in touch with friends, family and girlfriends on my three month trip to Asia. But with danish companies prices, I'm desperate for an alternative.

    So, is anyone here familiar with good cheap ways to call home? Home is in Europe, btw :)

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    #1 Posted: 5/2/2009 - 06:17

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  • SimonD

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    Sorry for double post, but it doesn't seem like you can edit, and I just wanted to clarify that I only have a single girlfriend to call :P

    #2 Posted: 5/2/2009 - 06:19

  • swag

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    hi, you can buy cheap sim cards in most se asian countries then pre paid vouchers are readily available.for instance i use 12call in thailand and it costs me about $1 aud per minute to call australia.
    regards

    #3 Posted: 5/2/2009 - 10:14

  • Lother

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    For Cambodia, a prepaid MFone SIM is the way to go. You only pay 25 US cents per minute for calling most countries overseas (they use VoIP and the quality is pretty good actually).

    Other than that, you can always use Skype at internet cafes which have it. It currently costs about 28 US cents to call a Danish mobile phone through Skype.

    #4 Posted: 5/2/2009 - 15:12

  • SimonD

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    Ah, cool :) Thanks guys!

    Is computer caf├ęs with Skype a common sight in the region?

    #5 Posted: 5/2/2009 - 16:51

  • TheGoose

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    Can anybody recommend a decent/cheap network provider for Vietnam?

    #6 Posted: 5/2/2009 - 18:46

  • mattocmd

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    13th June, 2007
    Location United States
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    SKYPE!!!!!!!!

    Most in the internet cafes have it. Get your woman to get skype as well and its all free. And yes, it's very common.

    Sometimes connection speeds suck causing skype to suck though.

    #7 Posted: 6/2/2009 - 19:34

  • brucemoon

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    TheGoose

    I found that because the government has mainly invested in mobile technology, it uses resellers for sim cards.

    And, there's not a lot of diference in the resellers prices: compared to wealthy nations calls are CHEAP!

    #8 Posted: 23/2/2009 - 08:21

  • neosho

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    13th August, 2008
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    I just bought a calling card from CAT in Thailand. Costs me about 3 cents a minute to call the US. I use my Thai phone. Yes , I do have to dial a lot of numbers to do it but the connection is good and it's the cheapest way I have found so far. I am sure it also uses up the time on my DTAC connection but still far cheaper than the west.

    #9 Posted: 8/10/2009 - 10:30

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