There are many ways in which to save money on phone calls from both landlines and from mobiles. I’ve been living in Spain for several years now and have discovered some very worthwhile money-saving phone services. So how do you save money on your phone bills? Please don’t just pick up your landline phone or your mobile and dial without reading further.
Cheap international phone calls
Many people don’t bother with a landline these days, but you do get slightly cheaper rates using the companies listed below when calling from a landline as compared to a mobile phone. However, the call rates from mobiles are so cheap it’s not worth getting a landline if you don’t already have one. Whilst calling local and national numbers is reasonably priced with companies like Movistar, it can be expensive to call internationally on a regular basis.
Here are some recommendations of phone services that give you cheap international calls from your landline and mobile.
Rebtel is a calling service which lets you access cheap international call rates when calling from your mobile phone or from a landline by over-riding your mobile service provider. There is no need to change your service provider or your existing number.
You need to register online and create a Rebtel account at their website. Add some credit. Then register your phone numbers – the phones that you will be calling from. Download the app to your smart phone, if you have one, to make using the service even easier. You can automatically set the app to route any international calls through its network.
Get as many friends and family to register too, because all phone calls to other Rebtel users are free. If you don’t have a smartphone it’s still simple to use the Rebtel service. Via your account online you can add you main phone contacts and Rebtel will generate a local number for each contact.
Localphone.com give you a replacement local number for any phone number worldwide. You can store this number like any other number in your phone, as it will always be valid for the original number you allocated it to.
Register your phone numbers (the numbers that you will be calling from), add the regular numbers you call to your Localphone contacts and local numbers will be generated for them. Add credit and you will save yourself a small fortune.
Localphone have apps for Android phones and for the iPhone. This makes it much easier to dial because you can access your Localphone contacts easily, import contacts from your phone contact list, or dial directly via the Localphone dial pad. The app includes wi-fi calling too.
Localphone used to be my preferred service, but I’ve recently switched to Rebtel as there rates are now cheaper. Localphone have also recently removed some of their local numbers – which is fine if national calls are free for you. Living in Barcelona, you now have to select Madrid as your local code. However, they still offer significant savings for international calls.
Lebara is a cheap pay-as-you-go mobile phone service. They give a flat rate for national calls and cheap mobile international calls. You need to purchase the Lebara starter pack which comes with a Lebara SIM card (if you want to keep your existing mobile phone number you can). Calls to other Lebara members are free of charge and there are no monthly fees or contracts to sign.
In 2009 Lebara won The Mobile News Awards for the UK’s Most Innovative Service Award, and they offer the same service in Spain. They have calls to selected countries from 1c per minute.
DialAbroad is a good system for landlines and when you’re travelling abroad, but you can also use it from mobiles. You can simply dial an access number to override your landline provider, then dial the number you want to call. Open an account online and add credit. You’ll then receive a pin code which you can use to access their call network.
There’s really no reason for running up large bills on your landline or mobile phone when living in Spain (or any other country for that matter), so I hope this article has inspired you to look into these services and save yourself some money on phone calls.