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The cheapest way to make cell phone calls from Africa, while you are traveling, is by getting the following:

  • An unlocked GSM cell phone with flexible bandwidth (check with your local carrier to get the right phone). You can rent a GSM phone from various companies; Cellular Abroad has reasonable prices.
  • Buy a local SIM card when you arrive at your African destination. This will allow you to pay local rates for calls you make. Just be informed about all the charges, including what it costs to receive calls and to make international calls.

You can also rent a phone once you are in Africa and buy a SIM card or join a local plan. This is a good option if you are staying in one country for some time, if you are volunteering for example. Just make sure you check for all hidden costs and fees.

There are also pre-paid cell phone cards, regular phone cards (you can use from a pay phone), pre-paid SIM chips, web-based phone calls -- needless to say, you have options.

Alternatively, forget the cell phone and enjoy being far from home. You can always use a travel blog or Skype to stay in touch with loved ones.

More About: Staying in Touch While Traveling in Africa

October 14, 2008 at 6:04 pm
(1) sara says:

Use this as a standard blog entry for roam simple and any othere where it make sense – no point just throwing it out there…

Roam Simple is your cost effective alternative to what are often staggering international roaming charges. We understand your requirement for an International cellular solution that is affordable, convenient and reliable, just as though you were using a cell phone within Canada or the USA.

Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure Roam Simple has a solution for you. We offer a World SIM card with coverage in 200+ countries, a Europe SIM card for travel specifically within Western Europe, and many local country SIM cards for use in Australia (Vodafone), China (China Mobile), France (Orange), Germany (E-Plus), India (iDEA), Ireland (o2), Italy (TIM), USA (AT&T) and the UK (T-Mobile).

Roam Simple is Savings of up to 80%…
For those travelers that want the convenience of an international cellular service without the expensive roaming charges, Roam Simple has an affordable solution.

Roam Simple offers a range of international SIM cards and cell phones that enable you to save up to 80% on international roaming charges. It is even free to receive calls and text messages with many of our country specific SIM cards!

Roam Simple is Post-paid which equals Convenience…
With Roam Simple you can now personally manage your wireless spend. Our service is Post-paid which simply means:
You do not have to pre-pay for airtime credit.
You will never worry about the inconveniences of running out of airtime. Why? Because you have access to unlimited airtime at your disposal.
Lastly, never again do you have to worry about recharging your account (buy more minutes).
The Roam Simple service provides you the freedom to make or receive as many calls as you wish without the inconvenience of running out of airtime credit and having to look for a recharge vendor to purchase additional airtime credit!

September 25, 2009 at 10:29 am
(2) david says:

Also check out RoamForce – save up to 90% on roaming.

May 25, 2010 at 2:00 am
(3) Rebacca says:

Check out Rebelfone too, it looks most cost effective among the group. They have a decent service as well.

March 20, 2013 at 3:29 pm
(4) Sandy says:

I use ringotalk.com for all calling card needs as you dont have any hazzle of foreign exchange or anythin just logon to to it and choose the destination n from th list of various cards offered buy the one of your choice and the pins gets delivered to your email instantly.. If you are traveling this helps a lot as most airports have free internet facility . or you could buy them in advance hope this helps…

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