Stay in touch — and save money — when you make international calls from the US.

International calls from the US can add up to a major monthly expense for students from abroad. After hours attending classes, studying for exams and participating in extracurricular activities, many students don’t have time to explore their options for making international calls from the US and are wasting money on pricey plans. You may have a cheaper option!
Luckily, this guide does the research for you. Read on to find out which is the best way for you to make international calls from the US.

Voice Over IP

It’s hard to believe, but you can call anyone anywhere in the world for free with VoIP technology! VoIP programs allow you to speak to others via a web connection. If you and the person you are calling have internet access, then you can make an international call from the US.
Just download a VoIP program (many are free) and get a headset. Another benefit? Many programs include webcam capacity. If you and your loved ones have webcams, you can even see each other while you are chatting.

Internet Telephony

Special internet telephony providers allow students with internet access to make free international calls from the US via a land line. This is a great option for students on a tight budget who make international calls from the US but who prefer a traditional telephone to the headsets needed in VoIP conversations.

Cell Phone Plans

Many cell phone companies offer specialized overseas calling plans that are great for students who need to make a lot of international calls from the US.
Before you sign up for a North American cell phone plan, compare different companies and find out if any offer calling plans with special rates on international calls from the US. Some plans may offer a certain number of international minutes for a fixed monthly fee.

Long Distance from a Land Line

You can also get international plans on a land line. This option may be cheaper than those offered by cell phone companies. For an added monthly fee, a land line may offer reduced rates on international calls or in some cases even provide unlimited international calls.
If you choose the latter option, there’s no doubt that you will pay a larger monthly fee. But remember: If you make a lot of international calls from the US every month, it may be your cheapest option.

Calling Cards

Calling cards are especially convenient for students who don’t make enough international calls from the US to warrant paying for a monthly plan.
For a certain amount of money (usually between $5 and $50) you will get a card with a toll-free number to call and a pass code that allows you a certain number of minutes for international calls from the US.

Choose the Plan that Works for You

Before you decide which international calling plan to use, try to estimate how much time you will spend making international calls from the US every month. This will help you find the most cost-effective and convenient calling plan for your needs.