Travel Telephone Tips
If you go abroad without a mobile phone, you can still stay in touch using public telephones. Below is a summary of how using public phones may differ abroad and some of the standards you should know if you’re in a foreign country.
Even though public pay phones are also disappearing in other countries, many can still be found in train stations, post offices, and other government buildings.
The most cost-effective way to place long-distance and international calls is to use a prepaid calling card. These phone cards can be purchased at your destination from train stations, newsstands, and street concessions. Or you can buy them in the U.S. prior to traveling. Buying a calling card in the U.S. will allow you to familiarize yourself with the calling procedures and costs in advance, while avoiding possible scams.
Be advised that not all public pay phones in foreign countries accept coins. Be prepared to make payment with a calling card or a credit card
If all else fails, remember that you can still try your luck with a public computer at an internet café or a hotel lobby. Using one of these devices, you can try to make an internet call, or use a Google or Skype account to log in and place your call. Planning ahead will save you time and money, and keep you connected. (Be very guarded with your personal information on public computers, especially with credit card information.) Another option is to subscribe to a satellite phone service, though this can be extremely expensive depending on your needs and destination. Like anything, your layers of protection and communication should be layered.