Buy prepaid calling cards
Before you leave home, shop online for an international calling card
with discounted rates for your destination, typically less than 10
cents a minute. Or wait until you arrive and get a prepaid card at a
grocery store, gas station, or newsstand.
Pros: They’re easy to use, and you pay up front.
Cons: Per-call fees, activation charges, rounding up of minutes, and
peak-time surcharges can add up fast. Also, if you’re calling from a
hotel phone, expect a high charge to your room for the call, even to a
toll-free number. And finally, let’s face it: there are fewer pay
phones on the streets these days.