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Best way of making calls from USA?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by qqg3, 12 May 2010.

  1. qqg3


    Joined: 11 Jan 2008

    Posts: 5,192

    Location: Nowhere

    So I'll going to the USA for a while later this year and have got plenty of things to sort out.

    I'm trying to find the best way of calling home, currently got an mobile on the Orange network here, wondering what my options are in the USA.

    Do I get a USA compatable SIM?
    Buy a phone in the USA?
    Get a calling card or whatever?

    I really have very little clue because google gives me so much information.
  2. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 157,380

    Buy a T-Mobile PAYG SIM card once you get there.
  3. Stupot_


    Joined: 20 Sep 2009

    Posts: 2,923

    Location: Portsmouth

  4. kwerk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 23 May 2009

    Posts: 5,748

    T-mobile or Boost mobile prepaid and calling cards. Or skype if you'll have a computer.

    Most phones don't even allow outgoing international calls unless you specifically request it on your plan.

    eta: check coverage maps first because it can be spotty.
    Last edited: 12 May 2010
  5. Seft


    Joined: 18 Sep 2003

    Posts: 4,105

    Location: Radlett

    Does your phone have wifi? Skype, if so.
  6. Bennie-Mac


    Joined: 10 Sep 2008

    Posts: 11,975

    Location: Bangor, Northern Ireland

    Pre paid phone card for the old skool styleeeee
  7. ChrisJSY


    Joined: 16 Jul 2006

    Posts: 6,552

    Location: Jersey, Channel Islands

    The best way is skype, if you can get on the net.
  8. Kutter


    Joined: 22 Mar 2009

    Posts: 4,374

    Location: Georgia, USA

    Skype, unless your rich cause it'll cost a fortune on mobile. Ohh and make sure you turn roaming off if youve got a smart phone. If your phones using a uk sim and you connect to the internet, you'll get a shock when you get your next bill
  9. Vixen


    Joined: 23 Feb 2004

    Posts: 6,941

    Location: Edinburgh

    This is what I've always used, pre-paid card from a supermarket and make sure to use it at a payphone NOT in a hotel room.
  10. Fenris


    Joined: 3 Feb 2009

    Posts: 8,693

    Location: Brighton, UK.

    Couple baked bean tins and a hell of a lot of string.
  11. Youstolemyname


    Joined: 7 Mar 2005

    Posts: 5,231

    Location: The Voice Of Football

    anyone found an efficient way of using an iphone over in the usa? Best I can find is a pre-paid sim card with a few hundred meg of data but that is no use as a few hundred meg will not last long...
  12. Tripnologist


    Joined: 12 May 2007

    Posts: 3,894

    Location: Bristol

    Back in Canada, I used to call the UK on a calling card. I'd pick one up from any convenience shop and I'd get like 600 minutes for $20.
  13. Seft


    Joined: 18 Sep 2003

    Posts: 4,105

    Location: Radlett

    Best you can do (last time I checked) is AT&T pre-pay, which gets you 100mb for $20.
  14. Dr House


    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 13,242

    Location: London / Prague

    get a local sim and join Rebtel
  15. jas72


    Joined: 31 Jul 2006

    Posts: 10,282

    Location: Belgium land of chocolate

    i found this the easiest way in Florida.

    Wife used to be annoyed as I got 350 minutes to the UK and she got about 10 to Ireland with the same card. :p
  16. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 157,380

    T-Mobile is $6 for the SIM and then $1 a day for an unlimited data booster?
  17. oli356


    Joined: 10 Jan 2010

    Posts: 5,321

    Location: Reading

    My first thought as well, skype :D
  18. memyselfandi


    Joined: 10 Oct 2005

    Posts: 8,692

    Location: Nottingham

    It depends on weather you need to make calls when you are out and about or it can be just where you are staying.

    If its just where you are staying, and that has internet access, then skype is a good option. I used it when I was delayed in Tokyo last month and it worked out significantly cheaper than Orange's roaming charges to call back tot he UK ... but I did have my netbook with me and was in a hotel with free internet access.

    If you need to make calls when out and about then a calling card or local sim (assuming your phone is unlocked to take sims other than those from your provider) is probably the best bet.