Travel Tele­phone Tips

RECOIL OFFGRID - - Make The Right Call -

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.

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