Use Wi-Fi calling to save money on international travel

International travel is expensive, especially considering the cost to simply reach your destination can be upwards of $1,000. There are many factors that contribute to the expense of traveling overseas, and thanks to Wi-Fi calling your international calling plan doesn’t have to be one of them.

Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon all offer Wi-Fi calling as a free service to their subscribers. So for big four customers with an eligible Wi-Fi calling device, all calls made to the US from nearly every country are free as long as the phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Take a look at the standard pay-per-use international calling rates for Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.

Carrier Standard Intl. Calling Rate
Sprint >$2.29/minute (varies by country)
AT&T Canada/Mexico: $1/minute

Europe: $2/minute

Rest of World: $3/minute

Cruise Ships/Airlines: $2.50/miunte

T-Mobile $1.99/minute
Verizon Canada, Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands and Guam: $.99/minute

Standard pricing countries: $2.99/minute

 

International calling packages are available, but packages can range from an additional $15-$120/month depending on the number of minutes, texts and data included. In some cases, international packages only include discounted calling rates, which means you would still have to pay an extra per minute fee on top of the pre-set package price.

Wi-Fi calling eliminates all the hassle of international calling packages and pay-per-use rates, not to mention the costs.

To make a free call back to the US, simply connect your phone to a Wi-Fi network and dial a US number as you normally would.

Wi-Fi Network Availability for Wi-Fi Calling

If you’re worried that Wi-Fi won’t be available in the places you’re traveling to, you shouldn’t be. Wi-Fi networks are readily and increasingly available all over the world.

Hotels, restaurants, airports, cafes, retail shops, etc. understand the public demand to stay connected, and more and more businesses are opening up their Wi-Fi networks to their customers and the public.

According to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2015-2020 White Paper:

Globally, total public W-Fi hotspots (including homespots) will grow sevenfold from 2015 to 2020, from 64.2 million in 2015 to 432.5 million by 2020.

The figure below details the growth of public Wi-Fi hotspots per region from 2015 to 2020. As you can see, Asia Pacific leads worldwide with 37 percent by 2020.

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Source: Maravedis, Cisco VNI Mobile, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The number of Wi-Fi hotspots is only going to increase in the US and abroad, making the decision to use Wi-Fi calling when traveling internationally sell itself.

For more information on Wi-Fi calling, view our Wi-Fi calling overview page or contact us. For operators looking to deploy a VoWiFi solution visit Taqua’s Wi-Fi calling page.

Save money on international travel with WiFi calling