Calling from Asia over android tablet
March 25, 2013 9:27 AM   Subscribe

Currently in Asia and want to call US cheap. What options besides Skype do I have? Not a big fan of sim cards as they are hard to find here.

I am currently in Asia and would like to call the US and am looking for options. I have my iphone, my android nexus and my laptop. Looking for a cheap alternative to regular sim cards and would prefer to use my nexus for it. I have Skype but have used Onesuite in the US and wondering if there are other options besides these.

Thank you.
posted by pakora1 to Travel & Transportation (7 answers total)
Where in Asia exactly?
posted by suedehead at 9:29 AM on March 25, 2013

Southeast Asia-Mumbai
posted by pakora1 at 9:32 AM on March 25, 2013

If you have access to wifi then I know a lot of friends who have used the KakaoTalk app successfully. Works with messaging too.
posted by penpenne at 9:59 AM on March 25, 2013

I am currently in India. Within the last year, they made it harder to get SIM cards for everyone. Even last April SIMs were sometimes free with talk-time included. I have only seen them as cheap as 60 rupees recently. But they may be more for tourists, as there are supposed to be designated 90-day only SIMs for them/us. I do not think SIMs are hard to find, though you may need to search a little to have someone willing to do the paperwork. I usually use Skype, but I have a vodaphone SIM and get 2.4 rs/minute to the US with a no-cost special.
posted by maya at 10:11 AM on March 25, 2013

We recently used a Vodaphone Mumbai without problems and recharge was easy. These are the documents you need, and this links to the stores.

High end coffee shops have free wifi, but I think that it's hard to beat the convenience of a phone and your own number.
posted by Flashduck at 7:29 PM on March 25, 2013

Talkatone worked great for us in SE Asia (iPhone).
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:05 PM on March 25, 2013

I use OTO app. Not always great, though.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 9:44 PM on March 25, 2013

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