The world is getting smaller everyday thanks to technology, particularly the Internet and the field of telecommunications. Advances in these fields are letting us communicate better, faster and cheaper. Just take for example Rebtel, a company that offers free calls and cheap international calls. Some if its services include cheap international calls to mobile and landlines phones, free mobile to mobile calls via 3G, WiFi and local numbers, mobile applications, international SMS, phone cards and PC to PC calls.
How do I make cheap international phone calls?
Rebtel brings down the cost of international calls by assigning a unique local number for the contact you want to call who is overseas. Instead of calling their international number directly, you just call this unique local number, letting you save up to 95% when compared to regular international phone calls. There’s no need for phone cars or PINs and you can use any phone device whether it’s a mobile phone or a landline phone. It sounds too good to be true but there you go.
Using this system, you are only paying your local service operator the usual rate for local calls plus a minimal per-minute fee for the international call which will go to Rebtel. There are only 3 simple steps in signing up for this service: first, fill out the sign up form which includes the phone you will be using to make international calls; second, enter your contact’s name and phone number which will be assigned a unique local number; and finally, proceed with your international call using the Rebtel local number.
With over 50 countries supported, users can use the Rebtel app to call their friends from supported countries for free as long as they are also using the Rebtel app. There are no absolutely no fees for making these calls except for the charges related to the data connection you will be using. This means you can use 3G and WiFi connections that you already pay for to access the Internet to make free calls.
You can use your mobile phone, your landline phone and even your computer to make these free calls. For the mobile phones and computers, you just need the Rebtel app to make free calls. For landline phones, you can tell your friends to use the local number assigned to you by Rebtel so they can call you international while only being charged for calling a local number, which is of course free. Unlike Skype, the most popular free calling option, Rebtel works with all kinds of landline phones and mobile phones with no connection fee. If you’re looking for a great alternative to Skype or any of the other popular IP call services, Rebtel is a solid option.
Which mobile devices are supported by Rebtel?
Rebtel supports the iPhone, Android smartphones and Blackberry devices. The apps on these platforms let users call any number from their address book, access all Rebtel features and services, as well as use local minutes without requiring a WiFi connection. If you’re having trouble controlling the charges on your usual call minutes and even text messages, you can definitely save a lot of money if you use Rebtel services while still enjoying the call experience you are already accustomed to with your existing mobile device.
You have 3 options for using Rebtel to send text messages to international friends without paying the usual expensive fees. First, you can use your regular mobile phone. It works just like the cheap international call services of Rebtel as it assigns a local number to your contact from abroad. This means texting your international contact will just be like texting someone locally. You will only be using the number of text messages included in your existing carrier plan.
Second, you can use your computer and the Rebtel web interface to send text messages to your Rebtel contacts or any of your international friends. This option lets you skip the rates charged by your local carrier and instead just pay minimal Rebtel international SMS fees. Similarly, the third option of using the app for Android, iPhone and Blackberry devices exclude you from regular text messaging rates and instead, you only pay Rebtel’s fees.
How do I know the call rates for different countries?
First of all, if you are calling someone who is also using Rebtel, you don’t have to worry about fees because it is free. For your contacts who are not using Rebtel, you can find out the rates for the supported countries by going to the Call Rates section of the Rebtel website. In this section, you can also check which countries are supported by the service.
The Bottom Line
Rebtel definitely gives your usual carriers a run for their money with services that offer free calls and cheap international calls. The best part about it is that you are not sacrificing call quality so you can still clearly hear your friend’s voice abroad while paying less.