Here’s an app everyone should consider – Time to Call, from Vonage, which offers flat rates on 15 minute international calls. 100 countries cost between $0.99 and $1.99, and another 90+ run between $2.99 and $9.99, regardless of whether you’re calling a landline or a mobile phone. Purchases are complete in-app, directly through iTunes – pay your flat rate for whatever country you are calling, then go on with your 15 minute call. It makes payment fast and easy.
So, how useful is this app? Depends on where you are calling, and for how long. There are cheaper alternatives, like calling cards, for commonly called countries, like England, but for other harder to reach countries, Time to Call seems like a gem. The selling point here for Vonage is ease of use – just use your Apple account and pay quickly. Regardless, it certainly beats the international rates of major service providers like AT&T and Verizon – often requiring an extra monthly fee for a per minute rate that is roughly equal to Vonage’s flat, 15 minute rate.
Time to Call is available now on the iTunes App Store, for free. The app also gives one free, fifteen minute call to each user before going to the pay-per-call system. Check it out if you have other countries to call – just keep one eye on the clock. That fifteen minute cut-off can sneak up on you.