Low-Cost International Calls for Global Development Teams?

[Editor’s note: This question comes from Kelly Alexander, MPH at CARE. The following is a summary of emails.]

We are interested in finding a way to call international cell phones – to avoid any lack of internet service – to be in constant touch with our colleagues overseas without needing to fly there.

WhatsApp and others provide a great service. But as HQ we are looking to call people’s cell phones so there is no cost to them. WhatsApp would require they have data on their phone. We already use Skype to call people’s cells or patch people into Skype calls — but this is expensive. I am looking at www.joinvip.com/rates because it seems way cheaper. Just trying to figure out the logistics. Trying to make communication easier and cheaper and travel less!

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