Have you ever wanted to use your cell phone while traveling internationally but, you don’t want to pay the international plan fees?
We have the solution for you.
Some things to know:
- Your phone needs to support WiFi calls.
- Keep your phone in airplane mode.
- This method only works when you have a WiFi signal.
When you get on the plane for your trip place your phone in airplane mode. Don’t take it out of this mode till you get back home.
When you arrive at your hotel or condo connect to the WiFi network. You do this by activating WiFi while your phone is still in Airplane mode. You do this so your phone does not connect to the cellular network. If it does the carrier could charge you hefty connection charges without a plan.
While you are connected to the WiFi network and have no cell signal your phone should be able to send an receive calls. Because of the way “Voice Over Internet Protocol” (VOIP) calls are handled on the internet and their use of a program called “back hauling”, the call is carried over the internet to your carrier.
Important limitations: Calls placed from your phone in this fashion will originate in your home country, not the country you are in. This is because the call is carried over the internet to your carrier and your carrier places the call to the person you are calling. This make the call originate and terminate in the country your service is purchased in.
- This means if you call a friend at home it acts like a local call.
- If a friend at home calls you, it is a local call.
- If you call a friend who is traveling with you and they paid for an international plan it is a local call. Their plan makes it local for you.
- If you call a friend who is traveling with you and they are on WiFi it is a local call. WiFi calling makes it local for both of you.
- Now get this, if you call the pizza place in the country you are in, it is an international call. The call is made from your home country to the pizza place in the country you are physically in.
This system of “back hauling” calls was setup to help the phone carriers save money. They could move calls over the internet for long distance calls, saving the limited copper lines for local calls. This meant they could use cheaper fiber optic lines and save on copper lines. Now you can make their program work for you and save you money. It is this prolific program on back hauling and VOIP that has lead to unlimited domestic calling in the U.S.A. instead of per call charges.