For as many people there are who never find themselves in the position where they need, or would like, to make an international phone call, there are plenty of people who do - the only problem is that it can be so expensive that callers are limited to where they can call and for how long.
Even though calling abroad is generally getting cheaper, it still isn't as affordable as making a local call back at home - especially when you're trying to get through to some particular countries!
The cost of calling any specific country depends, of course, on where you're calling from. Prices can range from pennies to ridiculous amounts for seemingly arbitrary phone call destinations, with particularly high charges being present for regions that drop below the equator.
If you're hoping to call a cousin, friend or business colleague in Australia, for example, it's time to seek out an alternative. When calling your friends or family in South America or Africa costs an arm and a leg, it just isn't fair that you're expected to be able to stay in touch the way you want to, but what can you do?
Fortunately, there are several options available to make those countries that are the most expensive to call that little more accessible.
Like with many aspects of human communication, the internet has allowed us to revolutionise the way we stay in touch by letting people call one another whilst using their internet connection as the phone line. With you and your contact using the appropriate software on your respective computers, you can get in touch and talk to one another, live, and even for free if you use the right provider.
Even better, you can both grab webcams and hook up to enjoy video chat - so speaking with your friend, loved one or colleague will seem almost as though you're talking face to face! Webcam technology is continually getting better and the picture and sound quality of good webcams and microphones (many of which now come combined) makes way for an excellent video calling experience.
No matter what country you're hoping to call or how expensive it is, there's always a way to do it cheaper. Even if your contact can't access a computer, some software allows you to call their mobile or house phone from your computer at fantastic discount rates, so you needn't worry about incurring major costs.
There's always a way to stay in touch with people abroad, and calling abroad for free or at low rates is perfect for doing so!
Adam Singleton writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.