As an international student you know crazy rates that mobile phone companies charge you for calling your home country. You can however get cheap international calls from the UK.
When I was an international student, my mobile phone company charged me around 15p/minute. which doesn’t sound much. However, the trick is, I was on a £20/month contract and international calls were not paart of the inclusive minutes. 🙁
This meant, if I made calls home from my mobile and spoke for 30 mins, cumulatively, for a month. Then,
30mins x 15p/min = 450p
Now, my contract was £17.50 without 17.5% VAT. So this £4.50 would be added onto £17.50 (VAT is added onto the final price).
£4.50+£17.50 = £22
£22 + VAT = £25.85
So suddenly instead of £20, I would pay ~ £26.
Here’s how to get cheap international calls from the UK
Here’s how they work and how you can save money on international calls from the UK.
I was introduced to this service by a good friend, Winston. You can sign up to Localphone using this link. You can try out the service via a free call before adding any of your own credit.
If you have a contract phone in the UK then calls you make via localphone are included in your minutes. I have used Localphone for more than 3 years and enjoyed my cheap international calls from the UK to India. Because I am on contract and Localphone charges me 0.7p / minute! so now, I only pay £20 monthly and for an extra £5 into Localphone I get 700+ minutes to India. That’s cheap international calls from the UK proved right there!
I have only recently started trying out PennyTalk. It was introduced to my via Matt, a friend. It charges 1p / minute to call India and some really cheap calls to other countries as well.
You top up your account online and the calls you make via PennyTalk are included in your minutes – if you have a contract phone. The economics of this are the same as Localphone. A good alternative if you do want more than once choice.
Make cheap international calls from the UK
As a student or graduate or even once you are working, good economics should be part of life and saving money is an important lesson. This is just one way you can save some money. So start saving on making cheap international calls from the UK now.
If you have any questions let me know by commenting below. I’d be happy to answer any queries or share more on both apps.