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Old November 9th, 2008, 11:32 AM
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Default Calling Home from Abroad

Any enconomical ways or means to call home? We are going to Australia in two weeks and our two children will be home with grandma. Grandma does not do the internet. Last year when we were in Hawaii together she saw me taking calls from home, she must think it works everywhere. She was shocked to find out that I will not have my cell phone with me. I was thinking about trying to get an international calling card to use from pay phones in port.

Does anyone ever tried a prepaid international calling card and please name a resource if you could. I have heard that man of the prepaid cards sold on the internet are fradulent and may suddenly stop working or not work at all.


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Old November 10th, 2008, 11:00 PM
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Is Grandma taking care of the children at your home or at her's. If at yours, are the children old enough to use the internet and if so then you can use the internet on ship and talk that way.

If you need the voice contact with them then check into the calling card.

Go on line and check out the calling cards, find out all you can about them. Make sure you read all the fine print because there are fees that go along with them, hook up fees, use fees etc.

I would NOT buy a card on line.

If your agree with all the terms of the card and feel thats the way then go for it.

When we have cruised we always see a lot of the crew using them in port.

If you are going with the calling card, then I would look for them at the "big box warehouse stores" (not sure if I can name them here).

Enjoy your trip.

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Old November 11th, 2008, 02:18 PM
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If you REALLY need to keep in touch with home I would use you cell phone. Check with you provider and see what their International Roaming rates are. Verizon's are quite reasonable for Mexico and other North American areas. You will need to add International Roaming to your service options. It is free to add it but you need to call and have it added.

To take advantage of this, only call when the ship is in port and not while at sea. If you call, on you cell phone, at sea you will pay the ship's $3.95/minute plus the International Roaming rates per call.

If you use a calling card make sure it is an International card and you have the access numbers for the countries you will be visiting. One issued by a major provider, such as ATT is the best. A problem often found is that phones by the pier are controlled by private companies and you have to use your credit card or buy their cards in order to use them. Many times you need to get away from the port and find a true "public" phone in order to use the calling card.

Personally, I go the cell phone route. Just remember to keep the calls short.

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