Comments on: How to Call Home While on the Road https://www.thebarefootnomad.com/tech-2/how-to-call-home-while-on-the-road/ Travel. Tech. Family. Fun. Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:13:05 +0000 hourly 1 By: Marianne Lin https://www.thebarefootnomad.com/tech-2/how-to-call-home-while-on-the-road/#comment-25657 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:03:16 +0000 https://www.thebarefootnomad.com/?p=5928#comment-25657 I normally just leave messages since it’s hard to catch someone if you’re in different timezones. But skype is helpful. I also use viber to stay connected. Thanks for sharing this!

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By: Charles Kosman https://www.thebarefootnomad.com/tech-2/how-to-call-home-while-on-the-road/#comment-5651 Sat, 25 May 2013 19:14:45 +0000 https://www.thebarefootnomad.com/?p=5928#comment-5651 Magicjack is definitely a worthy download. You can’t beat it for the price. If you’re calling Canada or the US than Google Voice (or any of the half dozen apps that use Google’s Voice protocols like Talkatone) is another great free alternative.

The nice part about GV is that you can set up your regular number with Google Voice as well so if grandma’s got caller id she’ll still recognize your number and won’t ignore the call thinking another telemarketer is on the line.

Not to mention I love hearing the confusion in people’s voices when you call from an app or the computer and they think it must be costing you a fortune to call them from another country. 🙂

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By: Charles Kosman https://www.thebarefootnomad.com/tech-2/how-to-call-home-while-on-the-road/#comment-5650 Sat, 25 May 2013 19:04:46 +0000 https://www.thebarefootnomad.com/?p=5928#comment-5650 Hahaha, thank you Heidi. I think that’s the first time someone commented positively on the length of my posts. Thorough does sound so much better than long winded, overdrawn or too wordy.

Like I always say to Micki, if brevity is the source of true wit, then I am witless. Now let me explain why I think that… 😉

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By: Charles Kosman https://www.thebarefootnomad.com/tech-2/how-to-call-home-while-on-the-road/#comment-5649 Sat, 25 May 2013 18:59:02 +0000 https://www.thebarefootnomad.com/?p=5928#comment-5649 I expect that my cheque for the difference is in the mail Nora. 😉

Glad I saved you some cash. Free is always the best amount no matter what you’re getting.

Make sure you grab Talkatone for the iPhone as well if you’re calling Canada or the states. Sometimes one is better than the other.

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By: Charles Kosman https://www.thebarefootnomad.com/tech-2/how-to-call-home-while-on-the-road/#comment-5648 Sat, 25 May 2013 18:55:15 +0000 https://www.thebarefootnomad.com/?p=5928#comment-5648 Andrew, Skype is a great all around program no matter what type of tech you use. They have an app for almost all devices and they’ve been around long enough to know the ins and outs of the telecom industry backwards and forwards. I got nervous when Microsoft bought them out a few years back but so far I think they’ve only gotten better.

My only problem with Skype is that I constantly forget that the other parties are on a phone when I use it to call a landline. So sending them a link in a chat window, turning on the video call so they can see what the kids are doing or asking them to turn on their video to see what’s up really confuses them on the other end.

You have no idea how many times I get a long silence then a “but you called us on the phone” reply… 😉

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By: Charles Kosman https://www.thebarefootnomad.com/tech-2/how-to-call-home-while-on-the-road/#comment-5647 Sat, 25 May 2013 18:44:40 +0000 https://www.thebarefootnomad.com/?p=5928#comment-5647 Suzanne, this post was designed to give those not so much on the cutting edge but still packing some tech in their bags a few ideas on how to call home for cheap. It’s so easy for tech people to forget that not everyone on the planet has access to all the toys and technologies they take for granted.

I’m glad you found it useful and thanks for the comment! 🙂

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By: Jess https://www.thebarefootnomad.com/tech-2/how-to-call-home-while-on-the-road/#comment-5466 Mon, 20 May 2013 05:19:46 +0000 https://www.thebarefootnomad.com/?p=5928#comment-5466 I’ll have to check out magicjack. This summer I’m going back to a place where I can get wifi but there’s no cell coverage. The best way people had to check in with their families was email or Skype, but my grandmother’s not a technology fan, so I was limited to postcards.

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By: Heidi Wagoner https://www.thebarefootnomad.com/tech-2/how-to-call-home-while-on-the-road/#comment-5435 Sun, 19 May 2013 14:41:06 +0000 https://www.thebarefootnomad.com/?p=5928#comment-5435 Your reviews are always so thorough, I love it! We usually use skype (from laptop, ipad or smartphone) for calling land lines in the U.S. and then either Skype, Google, facetime or conversatio for a quick video. They all work great

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By: Nora - The Professional Hobo https://www.thebarefootnomad.com/tech-2/how-to-call-home-while-on-the-road/#comment-5433 Sun, 19 May 2013 14:06:39 +0000 https://www.thebarefootnomad.com/?p=5928#comment-5433 Thanks for the introduction to Magic Jack for iPhone! I just downloaded it and called my friend in Canada on her cell phone – much to her surprise!
I’m a Skype dinosaur, with an account full of credit to make calls to landlines around the world. I’ve just saved a little chunk of money when calling family & friends back home – beautiful!

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By: Andrew https://www.thebarefootnomad.com/tech-2/how-to-call-home-while-on-the-road/#comment-5387 Sat, 18 May 2013 11:36:43 +0000 https://www.thebarefootnomad.com/?p=5928#comment-5387 So far we’ve only used skype and that has only been to other skype users, we haven’t even looked at adding credit to call landlines back home, thanks for the info, we’ll look into this.

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