How to make cheap international phone calls

by Captain Bill

I just returned from visiting my family and friends in Indiana, USA. Thanks to emails, and cheap international  phone calls from my rural old farm house in Indiana, I was able stay on top of my Dawn on the Amazon businesses, and enhance my long distance romance with Marmelita in Iquitos Peru, 2,500 miles away.

This is how I make cheap international phone calls when high speed internet is not available for Skype

This tip goes out from my good friend Mark Parsons who told me about the AT&T World Wide PrePaid Phone Card. The $10 card gets you 98 minutes. I used all the minutes on two of them in 26 days. I had to dial 36 numbers. Unlike other phone cards I have used you do not loose minutes for incorrect dialing or if your party is not home.

Two times I checked my emails at Mom’s house and there were business emergencies in Iquitos Peru that needed dealing with immediately and I didn’t have my phone card so I made the calls from Mom’s. Those two phone calls cost $200, versus the dozens of phone calls I made using the two phone cards for $20.

What is your choice to use for cheap long distance phone calls when there is no high speed internet?

How to make cheap international phone calls

Bill Grimes, president of Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises, in Iquitos Peru, uses Skype when it is available, and uses AT&T Worldwide PrePaid Phone when there is no high-speed internet.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 David and Wilma Volkmann September 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm

We use Nobelcom emeral plan. 3.5 cents to a land line in Iquitos or 16.5 cents to a cell. 3 cents to Lima. Rounded off to one minute, no maintance fee no minimum calls each month or year. I would like to know where all the free ATM machines are in Iquitos. I only know of two.

2 Captain Bill September 15, 2011 at 10:51 am

Hi Dave, Hi Wilma, Thanks so much for adding your valuable comment. Since I have a bank account here in Iquitos I rarely ever use an ATM machine so I don’t know the answer to that but it would sure be of great value to my readers. Let us know which ATM’s you use when you are back in Iquitos.

3 Temitayo September 24, 2011 at 6:37 am

I use continental on itelcards which is very easier for calling long distance. Very cheap and easy

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