expat life

Top Tip for New Expats

6 Comments 05 December 2011

You have a million things on twenty different To Do Lists. You have boxes and suitcases everywhere, you have bills to sort out, routes to learn, people to meet, schools to sign up with, and the phone hasn’t been hooked up yet.

Or you’re still in transit, you have a few days before you’re at your final destination, but you need to be making arrangements, checking on things, keeping in touch with people and you don’t want to spend a fortune as you move across the planet.

Here’s the top tip: Get a phone card.

I’ve recently been given the opportunity to review a phone card from Nobelcom.com. What I liked about it was that it worked perfectly. What more could you ask for? It was easy to set up and I could use my computer or mobile phone. One needs to be careful not to press “call” on the cell phone after entering “the number you wish to call” or they might find themselves paying cell phone rates! Nobel Phone kindly warns you this could happen and therefore it is easily avoided.  It seems pretty much the same as any phone card I have used in the past.

The customer support is 24/7, the rates are among the lowest in the industry and it is easy to top up online. To me, getting signed up with a phone card account is a really useful tip to remember when making that move or living in transit. Even when visiting home while living abroad because the rates are just so much cheaper than using your cell/mobile phone.

Anyone else have any experience with international phone cards?


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6 Comments so far

  1. Funny you should mention this. I have been searching out the very same for travel overseas at the end of the week. Thanks Michelle!

    Jeanne xx

  2. Skype is also good for contacting friends and relatives overseas (assuming you both have internet access)

  3. Sarah says:

    This is a great tip. It took us a week to get cell phone service when we moved over–because you have to get a bank account first–and that was very inconvenient at times. I agree with Patsy, Skype is fabulous for connecting to family and friends (or for Americans, google chat is free within the US or a penny a minute to call the US from anywhere in the world) but having something to call your husband on when you end up separated in your new city is a MUST. Wish I would have known about this during that first week. We are actually considering getting these for our relatives that come to see us–so that they can communicate with us if THEY get lost during their visit! haha! Great tip!

  4. Gina says:

    I’ve traveled quite a bit over the past several years, while also stopping to become an expat in SEA, Central America, and a few other places…I always have found that buying a local SIM card (about $2) and topping it up with out $5 is enough to last a few weeks at least, fwiw :)

  5. Jess says:

    I moved to the UK several years ago, and I love it, it was one of the best decisions I ever made — I’m still a working from there and have never looked back!

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