Using the Vonage Mobile iPhone App while studying abroad
In response to some questions I was getting a while back about using a cell phone while studying abroad, I had written a post called “Warning: Your Phone Probably Won’t Work Where You’re Going”. While I think it’s a great post and the info is still relevant, due to the technologically advanced world we live in there’s always a need to add some updates.
UPDATE 6/22/12: Apparently they changed the name of the app to the Vonage Mobile App. Same great app, new name.
With the Apple iPhone becoming just about the most popular phone these days, companies are making a huge effort to not only allow customers to use their phones abroad, but to do so easily. With that being said, I wanted to let you know about this awesome iPhone app I came across the other day which will make international calling convenient and cheap.
The Vonage “Time To Call” App For The iPhone
While exploring the depths of the World Wide Web for some new study abroad content, I came across this new iPhone app by Vonage called Time To Call. In short, it’s going to totally change the way you make international calls.
Here’s a quick rundown of Time To Call. It’s a new pay per call app that allows you to talk for up to 15 minutes to 100 countries for $1.99 or less. If you’re one of the unlucky people who are making a call to a country outside of those major 100, the app still covers an additional 90+ countries for $2.99 to $9.99.
$1.99 for an international phone call is an insanely cheap rate, so if your parents are footing your phone bill, they might be more inclined to spend the money they’re saving on other parts of your study abroad experience.
The most convenient feature of the app? You pay for your calls directly through your iTunes account! The last thing you want to have to worry about while studying abroad is an international calling payment plan. It’s also easier than using calling card services (and the maze of options you have to go through before you can even make a call), and it’s much less expensive than dialing direct through your mobile carrier. Because you’re using iTunes, that also means one less login to remember and no need to give yet another company your credit card details.
The Time To Call app is free to download, and although it’s by Vonage, you don’t need to be a Vonage customer to use it. Because the app is new, they’re even offering a free 15 minute phone call after you download it!
I can personally vouch for the app as I tested it out on the iPhone yesterday. It was easy to find and install, and it only took me about 5 minutes to set it up before I could start using it.
If you have an iPhone, you’re only a few steps away from making international calls:
- Download the Time to Call app
- Select the country you want to call
- The app will then tell you how much a fifteen-minute block costs
- Tap the Buy button on your screen and enter your iTunes info
- Dial the number you want to call
It’s legitimately that easy; like I said, I did it myself yesterday.
For all you techies out there, the app works on Wi-Fi worldwide, and is also available for use on 3G wireless networks in the U.S. and Canada.
If you’ve made it this far in the post, you’re reader dedication is going to be rewarded! As part of the effort to get word about the Time to Call app to all the iPhone users out there, Vonage has partnered with blogs from around the world to give an iPad2 away everyday (that’s right, I said an iPad2) and a $15 iTunes gift card to get you started making calls.
Lucky for you, The Study Abroad Blog was chosen to give one of these iPad2’s away and as a loyal follower of TSAB, you’ll have a chance to win! Keep your eyes peeled, as my contest will be running from August 16th – August 20th. (Don’t worry, if you come to the Blog, you won’t be able to miss it.) If you want to increase your chances of winning, check out the Time To Call Contest Site and enter other sites competitions too!
And before you call me crazy, yes, I do know there are apps out there that let you call other people with Apple products for free. However, because Time To Call is locked to WiFi outside of the U.S. and Canada, it makes finding a usable signal pretty much a guarantee, not to mention great call quality. And of course, if you want to call a land-line or someone without an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, the Time To Call app is a fantastic alternative.
Note: Don’t forget to check out my post “The Study Abroad Student’s Guide To Using The iPhone Abroad” – everything you need to know about using your iPhone abroad!
If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them below and I’ll get back to you!
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