Alternative to Mobile Roaming Overseas
05.28.2009 – A recent study shows that email users are now making fewer long-
distance phone calls since they’ve gone online. But for travelers like me, calling
home is a must whenever I’m on a trip. Yes email comes in handy but there’s
nothing like hearing my wife’s voice when I’m jetlagged and wide awake 3AM in the
But even then, I would refrain from calling long-distance from my mobile phone.
There are cautionary tales about the ridiculous charges when they receive the bills.
Hits you every time. But I mean seriously, who really reads the fine prints or check all
country rates for mobile roaming plans?
Yeah I also had to learn from my own mistakes. I remembered staying at Marriot
County Hall in London, and calling my local business contact just a few miles
across the river directly from my hotel room. The next day, I got a bill of £15.81 for a
14-minute call upon check-out! I learned that Marriot charges 99p per minute and
£1.95 connection fee for local calls. Maybe that’s the normal rate for hotels. Then I
thought, why didn’t I think of OneSuite? It kind of slipped my mind because I always
only use OneSuite international access to call back to U.S. I checked the U.K. to U.K.
rate, and it’s only 10.4 cents per minute. That means, I could have saved some 15£.
My company does reimburse me for some expenses, but a 14-minute call for £15.81
just looks outrageous.
That’s why whenever possible, I use OneSuite international roaming as an
alternative to mobile roaming to make calls, if I don’t have laptop or Internet access
to make VoIP calls. I just need to dial OneSuite international access number from
my hotel room (OneSuite offers access numbers in 25 countries, some toll-free) and
punch in my PIN then the destination number. Within a few seconds, my wife was
there saying hello and getting all the updates. There’s the mental support, and also
the peace of mind that I don’t need to count the minutes anymore or think about th