Being far from your home country when you are travelling is not a big deal anymore these days, as the advanced mode of telecommunication. This enables you to get in touch with your family or your friends easier. You can use email, chat window or internet conference with webcam and mic.
Phone call can be another option, but it is very expensive to use phone for international call. And the price is worse if you use hotel phone for that.
I have Tips for you to call your family or friends at your hometown from Indonesia.
- Buy Indonesian Number for your mobile. I recommend you to use TELKOMSEL number. (I use Kartu AS number). If you buy the number, to activate the number you must register your number to 4444. You can ask the vendor to help you to registrate.
- Now… How to make cheap call? For TELKOMSEL number (Kartu AS and Simpati) you can use code 01017 to call any country. I don’t really know how much this cost a second for a destination country. But Usually for a country like Australia, USA, Canada, Malaysia and Singapore is very cheap. Only less than Rp.1000 a minute. Or to Europe you can call round Rp.3500/ minutes. (a second Rp.40). Example : 01017 and followed by the number you want to call like 316147789** ( for Holland)
- Other cheap code you can use is 01052. This code can be used to call cheaper to limited countries. I ever call Canada number with this code and I just charged less than Rp.1.500 / 4 minutes.