Top Tips For Making Cheap International Calls Using Your Mobile

OPTION 1: International Call Add-ons

If you're already on a monthly contract with your operator, it is likely that you do not want to buy another SIM card and carry another mobile phone. Instead, we recommend to look at the current international calls deals of your exisiting provider. There are some mobile network operators which offer international call add-ons for your existing plan, giving you free, or cheaper, international calss.

O2, for instance, offers 3000 landline minutes and 100 mobile minutes to call abroad from your mobile to 3 numbers for £10 a month. It is available as an add-on for O2 pay-as-you-go or pay-monthly customers. The add-on goes with a one-month rolling contract.

Or for £20 a month, you can get 3000 minutes of landline calls and another 200 minutes of mobile calls to five international numbers. If you have lots of friends and family based around the world and value the flexibility of making and receiving calls wherever you - and your mobile - happen to be, O2's new 'International Favourites' is definitely worth considering.

Europe & Australasia 5 Talk Booster offered by T-Mobile includes 60 international minutes to call mobiles and landlines in Europe, China, India and Australia. On selected plans, you'll get the Europe & Australasia 5 Talk Booster at no extra cost.

Yet another option is Vodafone's international calls add-on which costs £5 and allows you to make calls from the UK to anywhere in the world for as little as 5p a minute. Alternatively, get a Vodafone Call Abroad add-on for £10 a month which gives you 75 international minutes.

OPTION 2: Specialist International Call Operators

When it comes to making really cheap international calls from your mobile, a very good tip we can give you is to order a Pay-As-You-Go SIM card from an international calls specialist operator such as Lycamobile, or Lebara, which focus on selling mobile plans to the UK's immigrant population.

Lyca Mobile is a specialist international calls provider. Lycamobile offers calls to Europe from 1p/min and international calls from 4p/minute. Calls to UK phone numbers cost 10p/min and texts cost 10p. See full tariff information.

Lebara Mobile is another specialist international calls provider. Lebara offers international calls from as low as 1p/minute and 12p for an international text message depending on which country you're calling. Calls within the UK cost 10p/min and texts are charged at 12p each.

When looking at tariff add-ons, it's important to look at how much it costs to call the country of your choice. Then, you will have to decide whether buying a SIM card from an operator such as Lycamobile or Lebara Mobile is a cheaper option, or you should get an add-on to monthly contract with your operator.