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Tips to Stay in Touch During Your International Trips

By Mark D Subscribe to RSS | January 30th 2012 | Views:
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Most people love to go on several months' international vacation atleast once in their life time. Be it a secret cross border vacation or official trip to meet your international clients, constant communication with your household members is highly important to keep the situations cool on either side. Right from the day one after its invention, Telephone is the best mode for speedy communication. Today advanced communication services are seamlessly available at all parts of the world to keep us stay in touch with our family and friends on the go. Keeping a landline phone like the one offered by FiOS Digital Voice at home is always a proven cost effective method to speak with your family when you are away. This is because; calls made to landline phones are economical when compared the charges imposed on calls made to mobile phones. Especially when you use internet voice chat applications, you can enjoy amazingly lowest rates when you call a landline phones. This article will speak about some effective communication methods to stay in touch with your known ones while you are away on a international business trip.

First of all, if you do not have an international mobile phone, rent a local phone. You can always rent local mobile phone at most major airports. It is much easier to set up meetings if you have a local number. Texting is usually cheaper than making calls abroad. Use Skype to keep in touch with friends and family back home. Frequent international travelers can always switch their phones to international calling plan or rent a phone from their local carriers that work internationally. At this point, please stay aware that different countries have different calling solutions. Another option for international calling is to buy a local prepaid SIM card to plug into an existing mobile phone. Buying and storing local SIM cards for the countries you frequently travel is the best idea since you can put a local one into your phone immediately after landing. The calling rates for local SIM cards are generally less expensive than American plans, but please note that any problems that arise on the networks need to be solved locally with the provider there. Also, your phone number will be different from the one that you are using already; hence you should notify your family, colleagues and friends about the change in your contact number. SIM card users may still need to tell their carriers about their travelling plans, in case their phone needs to be unlocked.

Most of the business class hotels have Wi-Fi internet connectivity. If you are a entrepreneur concerned about budget, you can make calls from your laptop or personal computer using voice chat services for a low-cost which usually falls within few cents. Most laptop computers now come with a microphone, speakers and a camera built in for easy video chatting. Services like Skype can also be downloaded onto some smart phones these days. You should also check the texting and data charges associated with your mobile phone while traveling abroad and to make sure those services are either included in their international plan or turned off when they are out of the country. There are scenarios where people surf using their mobile phone's GPRS facility while traveling and reach home just to find a shocking few thousand dollar data bill.

If you can afford a luxury hotel during travels, they may not charge you for internet usages. But there are hotels that charge a fortune on telephone or internet usages. You can make use of calling cards for a convenient communication. These are easily available on the airport or stores. You are provided a code after which you have to press the number you wish to talk to. Tariff rates for calling cards differ in different countries but will be definitely be less than making calls through other services. You may make calls only through land lines or pay phone facilities using a calling card.

Mark D - About Author:
Being a freelance writer and active blogger, I never miss the opportunity to share my thoughts with rest of the world. Staying in touch economically with your family while travelling depends upon how you plan on both the ends. Having a cost-effective landline phone like the one offered by FiOS Digital Voice will significantly reduce your calling charges from abroad along with improved voice clarity.

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