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Please advice with calling card provider

  • MikeSanto

    Joined Travelfish
    19th January, 2014
    Posts: 5

    Hi all!
    Next month we are planning to visit Thailand with kids. Case in point is: I will requre a full-time access telephon connection, because one of my emploee's projects is on the run and my help could be needed any moment. Last year we had a similar problem when I was on a tourist trip to France, but than it was solved with calling cards, purchased here:
    Now, since our last trip is much longer and to Asia, not to Europe, I have doubts wether these calling cards would satisfy my needs. I don't want to end up with a huge telephone bill when I'm home. Does anybody used calling cards during their trips to Thailand\Asia? Is there some other ways to keep in constant contact without paying huge amounts of cash? Thanks in advance for any kind of suggests!

    #1 Posted: 19/1/2014 - 02:49

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  • busylizzy

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    I would get a local SIM card for your phone, then use Skype, Gmail video chat or similar for phone calls and video chats. You'll just have to encourage the people back home to use the same.

    In my previous job where we often had to communicate with colleagues around the world Skype was a standard means of communication.

    Just make sure your phone is unlocked before you go.

    #2 Posted: 19/1/2014 - 14:15

  • MikeSanto

    Joined Travelfish
    19th January, 2014
    Posts: 5

    Hi busylizzy! Thank you for advice. I was planning to use skype anyway, so I guess you've just readed my mind ))
    I'll share my experience here after I'll be back from my trip.

    #3 Posted: 19/1/2014 - 23:52

  • aleeza

    Joined Travelfish
    11th September, 2014
    Posts: 6

    Skype is good when you call skype to skype, but when you have to call to phone from abroad skype detects the country you are in and charge you an extra fee for calls from that country (fee depends, abut $15 /month). When I have to call to the phone from abroad I use CiCi mobile from which allows me to use call back function. Means that I can set the call from my mobile phone app and provide as a callback any local phone (hotel for example). The rate is the same as regular CiCi calling card rate.

    #4 Posted: 13/9/2014 - 01:00

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