When you have friends or family living in different countries, staying in touch often takes more effort. Many people are put off calling their friends by the high costs, but international calling is changing. No longer must you vigilantly watch the clock whilst on the phone. Multiple companies are now competing to slash your call prices.
With developments in technology, there is now a range of methods for calling friends who live aboard. One of the most popular ways of communicating is over the internet. However, with this you will need to download the programme and ensure your broadband speed is great enough to sustain the connection.
An alternative to this is the more traditional phone call, which is definitely making a comeback. Thanks to ‘override’ phone companies, expensive international calls are a thing of the past. This method is particularly useful if the loved one you want to contact is a technophobe or just can’t get a decent internet connection.
By using an override provider, you will save a significant amount of money instantly. They are specialist phone companies, accessible through a particular dialling code. All you need to get started is an existing phone line. Override companies can be used with all regular phone lines, so it doesn’t matter who your provider is.
You can make cheaper calls from a landline without a pre-payment card or the need to set up an account. All you need to do is dial the ‘override’ number before the number you wish to call. This routes your call through the override phone service, so you can be connected for less. Cheap calls to Canada can cost only 1p per minute. This is a saving of around 20p per minute compared to standard rates.
If you don’t have access to a landline, you can also get cheaper calls from mobiles. Simply buy an instant £5 SMS phone card and you can make calls to landlines or mobiles in Canada for as little as 0.5p per minute. Just dial a free number, enter the PIN from your phone card and then key in the number you wish to call.
There are no time restraints; you can talk to your friends at any time of day or night. The company may charge an initial connection fee but, even taking this into account, your call will still be cheaper than through a standard rate phone line.
The best method of staying in touch with your friends will vary depending on how frequently you want to call them. In order to make sure you get the best deal, think about how long you usually spend on the phone with them and shop around before you commit to a method of calling. It is also important to fully investigate the company you intend to use. Some ‘override’ phone companies may under-buy line capacity, which will affect the quality of your call.
So whether you are sorting out your next visit or checking up on kids studying abroad, override companies can dramatically reduce the cost of your calls.
If you have any other tips for staying in touch with your friends in Canada, please leave them in the comments section.