When you buy a Microsoft 365 Family or Microsoft 365 Personal subscription, your purchase includes 60 minutes of free Skype calls to mobiles and landlines every month, in more than 60 countries worldwide. You can enjoy using the inclusive Skype minutes with the Microsoft account that you have associated with your Microsoft 365 subscription. You can activate your minutes by logging in to Skype.com and active it with one click. If you have troubles activating your free minutes, reach out to Customer Support.
You can use Skype minutes to make calls from any country in the world except the following: Algeria, Bahrain, China, Egypt, India, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Namibia, Pakistan, Qatar, Taiwan, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates.
That plan gave customers 1,000 free minutes for calls made to Canada, China, Mexico, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. But with this announcement, customers can now call countries such as India, Vietnam, Nigeria, and more, with 1,000 free minutes a month.
Keep in mind that Ultra Mobile's lowest monthly plan costs $19, which will get you 250 minutes of talk, unlimited texting, and 50MB of data. Unlimited talk, text, and data, however, can cost up to $59 a month.
From Feb. 26 through March 7, AT&T says it's offering the free calls to consumer and business customers. Consumer, business, AT&T postpaid and prepaid wireless customers are eligible for the unlimited long-distance calls to Ukraine, as are consumer VoIP and landline customers. A news release from AT&T also says unlimited texts to the region are standard with Mobile Share and Unlimited Texting plans. AT&T customers may still get alerts during the Feb. 26-March 7 time frame, but the company says their accounts will reflect the credits or waived voice charges. Click here for more details.
Verizon says it's waiving charges for calls from postpaid consumer and business wireless customers and residential landline customers to and from Ukraine from Feb. 25 through March 10. Verizon will also waiving voice and text roaming charges for customers in Ukraine. In a news release, the company also says people with international coverage plans can call Ukraine without using minutes from their time-allotment blocks.
T-Mobile has been offering free calls to Ukraine since Thursday, and will continue to waive international long-distance and international roaming charges for calls and SMS made to and from U.S. and Ukraine for postpaid and prepaid consumer and business customers through March 3. This also applies to Sprint customers. In a news release, T-Mobile says that also includes calls made within Ukraine, to cover roaming customers in Ukraine.
In terms of phones, T-Mobile offers a wide range of devices with their network, ranging from easy-to-use flip phones to the most recent devices from Apple and Samsung. Devices can either be purchased upfront or paid off over time with affordable financing. Alternatively, T-Mobile offers free SIM cards that can be used with your existing phone.
In terms of plans, Lively offers basic talk and text plans that start at $14.99 and unlimited talk and text plans for as low as $19.99. Unlike other providers on this list, they offer customized plans, allowing you to add minutes, messages, and data to your monthly allowance.
To choose a plan from Consumer Cellular, you can select your desired monthly amounts of minutes, messages, and data. Luckily, Consumer Cellular does not charge overage fees. Instead, if you exceed your monthly allowance, Consumer Cellular will automatically upgrade you to the next-highest plan.
Both phones from RAZ cost a one-time $309, and to use these phones, you must also purchase a plan from a compatible network such as T-Mobile, AT&T, or Mint Mobile. Currently, the purchase of a RAZ phone gives you three months of free service with Mint.
Verizon Wireless makes our list simply because they offer so much variety in the way of plan options, cell phones, and accessories all in one place. Their plans are more expensive than some of the others we have covered, so if budget is a concern, they may not be the right option for you. Still, for heavy users of data or mobile hotspots, Verizon has one of the best options out there.
Ideal for those who only need a cell phone in an emergency, prepaid cell phone plans require no contracts or monthly payments. Instead, you purchase a set amount of minutes, messages, and data. After purchase, you use this allowance and purchase more only when you need it.
Basic rates are non-discounted rates for international calls from landline phones made by customers who have not signed up for a monthly international calling plan with their service provider or some other discounted calling option. Basic rate calling may be a convenient and cost-effective alternative for consumers who make occasional international calls because it doesn't require enrolling in a calling plan. However, the difference between basic rates and rates for other international calling options may be substantial. Consumers using basic rates for phone calls to mobile phones internationally also may incur additional charges. For more information on international calls to mobile phones, check the Consumer Guide: Surcharges for International Calls to Wireless Phones.
Cellular Network Signal Finder pinpoints and identifies all carrier towers around you. The app developer strives to provide up-to-date tower location data and encourages users to report missing towers. You can tap on cell sites near you for additional information, but free data is limited.
Most college campuses, cafes and other public places offer free and reliable WI-FI connection. And by using free apps like Skype or Whatsapp, you can call or message your family and friends without eating into your monthly data allowance or driving up your phone bill.
The Unlimited Plus plan bumps the hotspot data allotment to 15 GB per month and offers subscribers a free Amazon Prime membership in addition to Google One. One line is $60 per month, with the second, third, and fifth lines an additional $30 per month. On four-line plans, the fourth line is free.
The $50 Unlimited plan adds in 5 GB of mobile hotspot data, and offers a free 100 GB Google One Account, while the $60 Unlimited Plus plan offers 10 GB additional mobile hotspot data and adds in a free Amazon Prime subscription.
You can pick up international SIM cards cheaply (often for free) and you just top up as you go. Alternatively, you can speak to your mobile contract provider to find out the cost of a bundle to call home.
The biggest name in international SIMs, Lycamobile will dish you out a SIM, free of charge. You can then choose to go PAYG, topping up credit when necessary, or go for one of their international bundles.
Again, you'll be able to get your hands on a free SIM, and as the bundles are only 30 days long, you're able to renew or cancel whenever is suitable. The bundles give you a set number of minutes that you can use for international calls.
When you top up, you'll also get an allowance for O2 usage in the UK. At the time of writing, a £10 top-up will get you unlimited texts and minutes and 7GB of data, while a top-up of £20 will get you unlimited texts and minutes and 30GB of data.
At the time of writing, one £10 package includes 15GB of data, unlimited national calls to the UK, 100 international minutes to 41 countries and unlimited UK texts. The other has 6GB of data, unlimited national calls to the UK, 500 international minutes and unlimited UK texts.
The app is available on all mobile devices (Apple and Android) and has its fair share of cool features, like the option to leave a video message if your friend doesn't pick up, and the ability to see a video preview of your caller before you pick up.
You'd be forgiven for forgetting that audio calls and video calls are also available via Facebook Messenger. Just look out for the phone or camera symbol next to their name in your chat box, and click to make a free call.
Facebook Messenger calling is available on the desktop website as well as the mobile apps, and there are a couple of little fun touches, like ridiculous filters where you wear a cat on your head. Nice.
The app also has a feature that lets you make a free domestic or international call of up to five minutes if you watch an ad. This call can be made to mobiles or landlines, so it's ideal if the other person doesn't have the Line app or access to the internet.
Note that both you and the person you're calling need to be signed up to each app to contact each other through it. Some of the online call apps offer "real world calls" to landlines and mobile phones if you buy credit, but this isn't cost-effective. If you want to call someone on their phone number from an online service, read the next section.
To get started, you just need to create an account with 18185, register your number and set up a Direct Debit. To make a call from a mobile, you'll need to dial the access number (0808 1 703 703) for free, and then enter the actual phone number you'd like to call.
US Mobile is an mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) which means it uses another carrier's network to provide cell service. In this case, US Mobile uses Verizon. The downside to MVNOs is that your data speeds can get throttled in crowded areas, but hey, no data speeds, no data throttling. So basically you get the cheapest access to Verizon's super-reliable network without the downside of data throttling.
Tello offers lots of different options for cell phone plans, including no data plans. You can get your bill down to $5/month with Tello if you opt for the plan that only comes with 100 minutes of talk per month. For a $1/month more, you can add 500MB off data to your cell phone plan, which might come in handy.
It comes down to a game of "would you rather." Would you rather have 300 minutes of calls, unlimited texts, and 500 MB of data for $7 a month with Tello, or would you prefer unlimited talk minutes, unlimited texts, and no data for $7 a month with US Mobile? The choice is yours. 2b1af7f3a8