Phoning home has gotten easier but can still be tricky. Here are four top tips:
1. Confirm that your phone will work:
If your carrier confirms that:
2. Plan B: Using local SIM card
If your phone hardware is compatible and unlocked, but their per-minute rates are too consider installing locally-bought SIM cards. These SIM cards can be purchased at phone, music, or even grocery stores, and allow your phone to use local, cheaper carriers.
3. If your phone isn't compatible or can't be unlocked,
you might consider buying an inexpensive, unlocked phone just for traveling.
4. Take advantage of Wi-Fi:
If your smartphone can access local WIFI, then by using Skype, FaceTime, Viber, or Google Hangouts, you may be able to handle all your communication needs, rendering all the SIM, hardware, and carrier compatibility issue irrelevant.
For more tips, visit onecallinternational
If you could benefit from a locally-purchased SIM cards, here's a primer on how to replace SIM cards (be sure to keep track of the original SIM card)