May 21, 2003, 10:08 PM
Post #4 of 5
My daughter will be staying in Santa Ana, Sonora, Mexico for the month of August this summer. I'd like for her to be able to call home easily....
Particularly considering that (a) it's only for a one month period and (b) at least the callback services I'm familiar with require a preset telephone number where the calls need to originate from, I think the callback services are an excessively complex solution.
For starters I'd suggest checking with your residential (hard-wired home) long distance carrier to see what they offer for "international calling plans". At least the bigger carriers such as AT&T, MCI/Worldcom, and Sprint offer plans in which you can initiate calls from a remote location using the carrier's calling card, and pay the same rates as if you're making the call from the residential phone. As an example (and note this is only an example, I'm not wild about MCI because of both billing problems and mysterious network outages) MCI has their "Anytime Worldwide" plan, which for a fee of $4 USD/month allows you to make calls from the residential phone to Mexico, an MCI-issued calling card either to or from Mexico, or collect from Mexico to your home phone in the US (important - using an MCI operator), for the same rate. Currently for Mexico this rate is $0.19 USD/min ($0.10 USD/min in Zone 1, which is the area within approximately 100 miles of the US/Mexican border).
While in Mexico your daughter would dial a country-specific MCI toll free access number, and then either key in the calling card information, or switch to an operator to place the collect call. Both the calling card prompts, and the operators speak english.
In the past I've subscribed to similar plans offered by both AT&T and Sprint.