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How to Buy Temporary Disposable Cell Phones to Make International Calls While Traveling Abroad

We all need a good holiday every once in a while in order to relieve stress and have a good time. When we travel abroad we inevitably have to plan and organize our trip, as well as make sure that we have everything we need while we’re away. Naturally, a cell phone is indispensable in this regard, but few people realize how temporary disposable cell phones are more advantageous in this context than standard cell phones.

Indeed, temporary disposable cell phones are nowadays a much-requested gadget for most traveling enthusiasts. While some people might decide to stick to normal cell phones, one cannot deny that the latter carry some inherent disadvantages while abroad. Generally, the primary concern is the fact that people tend to shell out a lot of cash on their mobile phones, and while abroad it is highly possible that they may lose it, misplace it, or even have it stolen. Traveling shouldn’t be about being overly-anxious and concerned about losing your phone, but about enjoying yourself.

Disposable phones are perfectly suited for travelers

Temporary disposable cell phones are perfectly suited for travelers since they are essentially simple, lightweight and cheap gadgets which are intended for short-term use. You need not worry about losing it or breaking it, since they are extremely cheap and are made of durable plastic and rubber. They only serve one function, and that is to make and receive calls while you’re abroad. Since they lack most of an advanced phone’s functions, they provide a very good battery life which is essential when you are on the go.

Getting disposable cell phones to make international calls is very straightforward. Most tourist shops are readily stocked with these phones since their surge in popularity has made them quite profitable. Typically, airport outlets also sell such phones, so you can get one right as you arrive at your destination. Another alternative is phone shops, which would generally sell temporary cell phones as well.

Prepaid International Calling Service

Making cheap international calls while traveling is now also possible thanks to Pingo. This is a prepaid international calling service which may be accessed through the Pingo.com web interface. The latter is extremely simple and user-friendly, so there really is nothing to worry about. Pingo is a service offered by iBasis a KPN Company, which is hailed as one of the world’s best international long-distance carriers.

Using Pingo to make international calls while abroad is very straightforward and convenient. Easy step-by-step instructions are available online at Pingo.com, and a stellar customer service ensures that any difficulty you may have will be resolved quickly and effectively.

Combining temporary disposable cell phones and a convenient service such as Pingo is a perfect recipe for peace of mind while traveling. You should be able to call your loved ones and receive calls normally, with perfect sound quality. All you need is a local phone number that can be provided from a temporary cell phone provider and then use Pingo to save on International calls.  You could bring your own cell phone if its a GSM phone and buy a local SIM card in the store to convert an unlocked cell phone.  However you will not need to worry about losing your expensive cell phone, including any personal information, photos or videos in the process, since you will be using a cheap and disposable cell phone model. Once your trip comes to an end, you can simply throw away your disposable phone, donate it, or have it recycled.

*Photograph “Brand New and Second Hand Cheap  Mobile Phones in MBK” by GianCayetano under Creative Commons Attribution

** Use this post only as a starting guide, please contact your prepaid cell phone carrier to confirm service availability and extra fees prior to making International calls while traveling abroad.

Best International Student Phone Rates Abroad

I was reading a great article in the Wall Street Journal this weekend titled “Saudi Students Flood as U.S. Reopens Door” by journalist Ellen Knickmeyer.

Here is an interesting international student statistic pulled from this article.

This past school year, Saudi Arabia sent 66,000 students to U.S. universities, four times the number before the 2001 attacks and the fastest-growing source of foreign students in the U.S., ahead of China, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. The Saudi influx is part of a broader increase in international students in the U.S. as American universities seek to raise tuition revenues. Some 723,277 foreign students enrolled during the 2010-2011 school year, up 32% from a decade ago.” See the link here to read the full story

Pingo has experienced tremendous word of mouth customer growth with international students. This has been earned from having the best international student phone rates abroad and are matched with superior crystal clear call quality that is backed with a 100% call quality guarantee.

Saudi Arabia Students Abroad

Amazing Saudi Arabia Int Student Growth

Here is Just a Sample of the Best International Student Phone Rates Abroad:

China                     1.75¢

India                       1.75¢

South Korea          2.50¢

Canada                   1.75¢

Taiwan                   2.50¢

Saudi Arabia         12.50¢

Japan                     2.00¢

Vietnam                4.00¢

Mexico                  2.75¢

Turkey                  6.75¢

(* Rates as of July 30, 2012 for US to country land line rate, see rates page for updated rates

US Foreign International Student Enrolement Stats

Top US Foreign International Student Enrollment Stats

In fact, international students can use Pingo Soft Phone to make web dial calls from up to 200 countries for just 1.75 U.S. cents per minute. With ongoing promotion’s like $10 bonus for new customers that sign up for $20.00. That’s like getting up to 1,714 minutes to ensure International students don’t get home sick.

 

About The Author:

Author

Pingo's Internet Marketing Manager

Brian Hawkins is the Internet Marketing Manager for Pingo.com.  Mr. Hawkins has been lucky enough to have traveled around the world twice and has experience living as an American Expatriate in four countries.

 

 

 

* Source & Photo Credit: Institute of International Education posted in the Wall Street Journal

Looking for Intern Opportunities in Your Home Country

Working towards your education has been the practice of people throughout the ages. Masters and educators have passed on their abilities to students through education, be it through text or practices.

Many of the most astute practices require internships, which are basically hands on practice of the job. And what better way to gain the best education than to practice that which you propose to practice. Internships come in many forms and many practices, from medicine to public speaking.

Well known throughout the world, the fact that “practice makes perfect” is perhaps the most prominent application attention-grabber, so getting some documented practice under your belt, regardless of where you are can make the difference in your ability to turn your future into success. We hope you’ll enjoy this article on looking for intern opportunities in your home country.

Free work for skill?

You might think that you’re working for free, but really you’re working for an education. This practice is found throughout many practices, especially in apprentices in the Middle Ages wherein blacksmiths would pass their knowledge on to another. So, if you’re worried about where you can gain education through practice, it is always about where you gather it from.

For those who plan to practice, understanding the situations and environment they will be confronted with is always the most useful. Education about or within a foreign environment doesn’t necessarily mean that you will have the tools you’ll need to face your own future.

For those who have been educated in another country, and yet have the choice to further their skills through apprenticeships in their own home country, nothing could be more beneficial. Education is mastered through practice, especially when it can be related to and through what is already familiar. You wouldn’t work with metal if you had worked with wood all your life, would you? The best practice is to work with what you are already familiar with and have seen before.

For this, opportunities to practice internship in your home country are an astoundingly great opportunity that any practitioner should take advantage of. Not only would you be able to reside in with those that are familiar to you and your culture, but you can also spread your education to and through those you meet in your practices. This is an opportunity to spread and share your abilities with those that may not possess the information you already have.

In addition, you can also stay in contact with your family, which can often be difficult when in a foreign country. But, remaining in contact with educators and familiars alike is often difficult, especially when those sources can be spread throughout the world. International calling services provide some of the best opportunities to remain in contact with those that make a difference in the world of education.

Internships in your home country

Keep in mind that you are always working to better yourself and your education. Through your practice, you are able to do a great many favors, especially when in an environment that can’t always “afford” the services. The interesting thing about apprenticeship is that it gives and receives at an extraordinary rate, giving where it is most necessary while receiving the education that is necessary to succeed in your education.

But, understanding that education never ends at the end of a single school year is the first lesson taught to every student. For many students, education will inevitably remove them from practice and bring them back to the school room. Internships are primarily practiced in the later years of education, especially the junior years and usually end in the final year of the seniors. This means that an inevitable return to school and being away from home is always at the end of the road.

Returning to your new home from your old home is always difficult, especially when you’ve begun to practice with what you have become so familiar with. To overcome this, staying in contact is often the most effective practice to not only making a difference to your home country but comforting your own spirits and hope as well.

The great thing about education is that it isn’t just for you to gather and hold on to for the rest of your life. It is knowledge that you gather and share with those that you meet and are also eager to learn. Internships can take us anywhere in the world, but the one constant effect is that someone is always teaching and someone is always learning. Practice what you want to learn and share it with those that benefit the most from you efforts, wherever that may be.

* Check local government and your university for internship restrictions and seek a certified counselor to help you find an internship in  your home country. Use this article only as a starting point guide to your journey to finding an internship back home.

**Photograph “Daegu Welcomes Interns” by Morning Calm News under Creative Commons Attribution

Pingo Update – New Discount Prepaid International Calling Rates

Wow! Check Out The NEW Discount Prepaid International Calling Rates!

New Rate Old Rate
Bulgaria – Mobile – Globul 15¢ 35¢
Bulgaria – Mobile – Mobiltel 15¢ 35¢
Bulgaria – Mobile – Mobiltel Premium 15¢ 35¢
Bulgaria – Mobile – Vivatel 15¢ 35¢
Finland – Mobile – Elisa 7.9¢ 12¢
Finland – Mobile – Finnet 7.9¢ 12¢
Finland – Mobile – Sonera  6¢ 12¢
France – Mobile – Bouygues 3.5¢ 7.5¢
France – Mobile – Free 3.5¢ 7.5¢
France – Mobile – Orange 3.5¢ 7.5¢
France – Mobile – SFR 3.5¢ 7.5¢
Germany – Mobile 12.5¢ 21.75¢
Germany – Mobile – Eplus 6.9¢ 21.75¢
Germany – Mobile – O2 6.9¢ 21.75¢
Germany – Mobile – T-Mobile 6.9¢ 21.75¢
Germany – Mobile – Vizestream 12.5¢ 21.75¢
Germany – Mobile – Vodafone 6.9¢ 21.75¢
Ireland – Mobile – H3G 12.5¢ 19¢
Ireland – Mobile – Meteor 19¢
Ireland – Mobile – O2 19¢
Ireland – Mobile – Vodafone 19¢
Israel – Mobile 3.85¢
Israel – Mobile 3.85¢
Italy – Mobile 1.5¢ 24¢
Italy – Mobile – H3G 7.5¢ 24¢
Italy – Mobile – Telecom Italia 7.5¢ 24¢
Italy – Mobile – Vodafone 7.5¢ 24¢
Italy – Mobile – Wind 7.5¢ 24¢
Netherlands – Mobile – KPN 6.5¢ 23.75¢
Netherlands – Mobile – Lycamobile 6.5¢ 23.75¢
Netherlands – Mobile – Other 6.5¢ 23.75¢
Netherlands – Mobile – Telfort 6.5¢ 23.75¢
Netherlands – Mobile – T-Mobile 6.5¢ 23.75¢
Netherlands – Mobile – Vodafone 6.5¢ 23.75¢
Netherlands – Mobile – Vodafone 6.5¢ 23.75¢
Norway – Mobile – Netcom 6.9¢ 19¢
Norway – Mobile – Telenor 6.9¢ 19¢
Poland – Mobile – ERA 6.5¢ 7.5¢
Poland – Mobile – Orange Centertel 6.5¢ 7.5¢
Poland – Mobile – Play (P4) 12.5¢
Poland – Mobile – PLUS 6.5¢ 7.5¢
Portugal – Mobile – Optimus 24¢
Portugal – Mobile – TMN 24¢
Portugal – Mobile – Vodafone 24¢
Sweden – Mobile – H3G 4.5¢ 20¢
Sweden – Mobile – Other 4.5¢ 20¢
Sweden – Mobile – Tele2 4.5¢ 20¢
Sweden – Mobile – Telenor 4.5¢ 20¢
Sweden – Mobile – Telia 4.5¢ 20¢
Switzerland – Mobile – Lycamobile 14.9¢ 26¢
Switzerland – Mobile – Orange 14.9¢ 26¢
Switzerland – Mobile – Sunrise 14.9¢ 26¢
Switzerland – Mobile – Swisscom 12¢ 26¢
Switzerland – Mobile – Swisscom 12¢ 26¢
United Kingdom – Mobile – H3G 3.5¢
United Kingdom – Mobile – O2 5.5¢
United Kingdom – Mobile – Orange 5.5¢
United Kingdom – Mobile – T-Mobile 5.5¢
United Kingdom – Mobile – Vodafone 5.5¢

As of Monday, July 16th, 2012 we have reduced many of our rates while still delivering you the same great value.

We work hard to monitor our prepaid International calling rates and look for opportunities for long term discount reductions in our price. We are interested in keeping you connected to family, friends, loved one through our Pingo services (on a phone line or on a Smartphone).

We monitor and keep you updated on rates through Pingo’s Ratewatcher.

RateWatcher™ saves you from the hassle of digging through piles of prepaid calling card offerings to see if you’re getting really low rates. RateWatcher actively monitors changing long distance costs around the world looking for opportunities for Pingo to bring you discount prepaid international calling rates. It’s an important part of our commitment to be the last phone service you’ll ever need to stay easily connected to the world.

Pingo® was created to give you the best value in discount prepaid international calling rates and service. Rates listed on this page as of 7/16/12. You can check out the latest rates here.

The Advantages of Native Mobile Apps

Mobile phone apps are software developed for mobile devices that do specific tasks like playing music, games, and calendars, among others. There are two basic types of mobile phone apps: native applications and web applications. According to the Global Intelligence Alliance (GIA), native mobile phone apps are those designed to operate on a device’s operating system and firmware. Native apps also need to be modified for different devices. Web-based mobile phone apps, on the other hand, are those that need to be downloaded from the Web each time they are operated. These can only be used in web-capable mobile gadgets.

In recent years, due to rapid developments in HTML5 technologies, the difference between the web-based and native mobile phone apps is constantly decreasing.

However, in the end, native applications will prevail.

Here are some reasons why:

* Native mobile phone apps provide higher click through rate (CTR) among ad-serving publishers. A survey conducted among publishers that offer both native and web mobile apps revealed that publishers saw more than 100 percent higher volume usage and engagement on native phone apps than web apps.

* Native mobile phone apps are the preferred interface for heavier applications that usually run on a gadget’s internal memory, and those that use pay-per-download schemes. Games, for example, work best using native phone apps because of heavy graphic usage without the need to access resources through a browser.

* Native mobile phone apps are by far more secure because they do not need to connect to the Web or a network like web applications do.

* Mobile phones that power the applications will always be more powerful than the networks they run on. Giant mobile phone developers like Nokia, Samsung, and Apple are constantly introducing more and more powerful gadgets that suit native mobile phone apps more. To this day, the development of new and faster mobile devices still outpaces that of high speed networks.

* Another advantage of native mobile apps is that they drastically reduce the communication time between the server and the mobile device. Users can just create an app, such as a stock portfolio, in their phones and just update the stock prices daily. No more need to download and entire portfolio every day.

* Since native mobile apps reside in mobile devices already, users can launch them directly, without having to connect to the web. Native applications are made to operate independently of the web, or can even immobilize web functionality without ruining user experience. This is a great convenience especially if users live in a great metropolitan city like New York, where network congestion is very common.

* Native mobile phone apps promote brand loyalty. People who use a mobile application will usually rely on that application, trust it, and follow-through with updates and other developments.

* For native apps running on more powerful mobile devices, user experience is deeper, richer and more engaging than mobile apps. Native mobile phone apps running on a device that has higher screen resolution, greater memory, and easier navigation can provide users with a more interactive experience.

* This is only an informative intro guide to native mobile apps. Please reference authority mobile app publications for the latest trends before making your own purchasing decisions.

**Photograph “Library Mobile App” by DavidKing under Creative Commons Attribution

Ways to Keep Your Mobile Phone Identity Safe

The electronic universe has become a widely traversed place, full of people from every part of the world. For those who are new to this type of environment, it’s often incomprehensible to believe what is truly capable with such technology. Often, with the simplest or most irrelevant of data, one person can easily become the next.

In a world of identity theft, computers and related hardware have become the tools of thieves throughout the world, infiltrating the lives of anybody who dares to wander the world-wide-web unprotected and unprepared.

But, as technology persists in protecting the users, awareness becomes the most ideal protection tool, allowing people to protect themselves and their lives from being violated by an intruder who is intent on stealing your identity, even through something as simple as a phone call.

Online software security

Always keep track of any applications you sign up through smartphones, online sites, and social media. Now, it is also important to understand that even if you sign up on a secure network, many of the apps can infiltrate your phone account by simply knowing your phone number.

For this reason, it is also important to understand that by answering an “unknown” number that requests for your name, you put your identity in jeopardy. If someone contacts you, requesting information of any kind even if it’s just your name, understand that if they have your phone number, they should know who you are.

Instead of answering the phone by speaking your name, ask who is speaking. This is especially important if you don’t recognize the number. The better choice is to let any unrecognized number go to voicemail, then calling back at a later time to put your personal information in a more strategic position. Though the call may be international, keep in mind that a smartphone tracks a large quantity of information on it (hence the name “smart phone”). Calling long distance and internationally through prepaid services doesn’t mean that the information on your phone isn’t readily available, so be careful what you’ve stored on this open network.

This is especially effective when job hunting, a situation in which you can better prepare exactly what you want to say when you need to say it. Don’t let yourself get caught off-guard by someone that may just be looking for an open door to infiltrate.

Another point is that you should never trust the ability of computer technology, especially because information travels faster than word-of-mouth. What you say, text, and who you contact are all tracked through your phone number and can be collected by electronic thieves. Don’t give out the following over the phone at any time:

• Your phone number
• Your social security number
• Your INS number
• Your credit card number
• Your driver’s license number
• Your bank account or routing numbers
• Your mother’s maiden name

All these things can be used to access any or all of your personal information. Once they have some of your information, it is that much easier to access the rest of it. As more information becomes readily available online, it becomes easier for people to find other people. At the same time, understand that more people also make more targets. While it always seems that it will happen to someone else, keep in mind that you ARE someone else to everyone else.

Secure your hardware

First things first, always keep your credentials confidential, especially when concerning smartphones. Don’t store any information that you don’t want other people to see on your phone. Schedules are commonly kept, and are generally okay, especially if they are public information. But, don’t become too intimate about your stored information, such as exactly who you are contacting (full name, relation, exact location). Use your smart phone apps as reminders, not complete files of information that can be stolen or used against you.

Even your computer is an access point for you smartphone. Be careful with whom you contact online, especially through social outlets such as Facebook, which offer an “open-book” to your personal info. Though it may seem tempting, never post or publish your phone number through an online site. If someone requests it, give it to them in person.

If that isn’t an online option, be sure that you utilize secure options through electronic transfers. The secure connection, confirmed as “https” rather than just “http” is your safest choice. Never make a transaction or personalized connection without being sure that you’ve contacted securely.

The online world is a growing culture, full of many people with many different intentions. There’s always the need for protection, especially when you can never be sure who may simply want to “check” out who’s been checking them out. Secure yourself and secure your online connections by securing what your smartphone knows about you.

* Use this only as an informational starting guide. Please seek additional advice from a reliable data protection provider or research consumer reports to attorney general offices for additional mobile phone data protection advice.

**Photograph “Phone Call” by Corydalus under Creative Commons Attribution

Immigration and Families Living Abroad

While it seems that those around us are our closest relatives, we can all familiarize ourselves with relatives spread throughout the world. You may have relatives such as aunts and uncles or even your own parents who live in various other countries of which there can be variations of different cultures. And while your family members may share your same or similar traditions and practices, families living abroad in a new environment always calls for a few adaptations of your own.

New places will always have their new cultures, people, and even languages to learn and adopt into your lifestyle. It is improbable to sanction yourself within the familiarity of just your family because they too live in a new place. Their ways may not even be your ways. Traditions may be different as well as practices and habits.

Become a part of your new community

So, it is up to you to integrate yourself into your new community. The challenge is changing and adapting to new cultures of new or different places. Regardless of where you’ve lived before, there is always a change that comes with where you live now, regardless of distance.

Getting involved in your new community is the first step. Your family can help you with this, especially because they will already be involved with their community to some degree.

In your new community, activity is important. Join in group activities, such as religious gatherings and community events where you can interact with others and come to understand your new environment. Traditions will always differ to some degree, and because it is still important to hold on to your own heritage and traditions, you can become a far more active member by sharing in your own knowledge.

Sharing is possibly the greatest way to integrate yourself into a new place. The familiarity of family does offer the comfort of familiarity, which can provide security and trust to help develop a quality relationship with your new community. Remain open and informative with others, especially since many will likely be curious about you too. Take advantage of such curiosities by sharing your own culture with them and the surrounding community. Don’t just adapt to your environment, become a part of it.

Speak

While adjusting to a new culture is always a challenge, there is also the concern of learning a language. That is not to forget the accent or dialect that often coincides with such changes. Here is where family plays such a big role by filling you in on the details. Many immigrants become familiar with a language before they commute, but there are always the little particulars that will ease the transition. These can include such differences in regard to dialect, pronunciation, and even local slang that is appropriate. Basically, you will want to learn how to communicate, not just learn a language.

Contact for comfort

Of course, hearing the familiarities of home is always a comfort. Staying in contact with your homeland can help ease stress and provide a familiar comfort that you can always depend on. You may even speak with friends, family, familiars, and even work associates back home so that you can maintain a quality relationship both at home and in your homeland. You might simply call and ask your family for comfort, or you just may want to stay in touch with your homeland. Though distances create a barrier, they don’t have to remain a blockade for communication. Through international calling services, you can stay in contact with a comforting voice that is thousands of miles away. Call for comfort or call to stay in contact with school, work, or just checking in on some friends.

The best thing about having family in your new environment is that you can always ask them for advice. What should you do? What can you do? How can you make the most out of your new home? There are limitless questions to ask and every answer will bring you closer to adapting to your new home and community. As long as you keep an open mind and are willing to expand your horizons, you can quickly find yourself becoming a part of your community.

Immigrating to a new place is often eased when you can live with familiar family. And although a familiar family can make adjustments to a new land easier, becoming familiar with new cultures and new traditions by interacting with your new world will help make way for a newer and more proactive person within you.

* We hope you enjoyed this article on immigration and families living abroad however we advice you to only use this as an intro guide and seek professional help whenever possible to assist with this journey live abroad with your family.

**Photograph “Call Home” by Jonwa60 under Creative Commons Attribution

Teaching Children About Culture For Parents

When people immigrate, they often leave more than just the familiar environment of their homeland. They may travel to new continents, new states, and new places with very different cultures, languages, accents, and traditions of every kind.

Though this is a chance to find what you seek, it also presents the challenge of maintaining the very culture and traditions your family holds dear. So, it’s up to you as a parent and keeper of your family’s history to pass on what you know and your heritage to the children as they move on into the future.

The first thing to do is consider maintaining specific religious practices, habits, and values. These will vary with environment, and many times access or the available opportunity to practice these will change. It is always best to find an area or location where you’ll be able to access these opportunities. We hope you enjoy this article about teaching children about culture for parents to keep there heritage.

Decide what you want to teach

When you first immigrate, you will want to decide what cultural aspects to pass on to your children. What is it that you want your children to not only remember of their heritage but to want to pass on to their own children?

Cultural and family traditions- what is it that you want to pass on to your children? What can you pass on? Are there differences in a new location that would inhibit these practices or traditions? Are there certain adaptations you want to make in your beliefs and practices to merge with a community?

Share with your community. The trick to maintaining cultural practices is to share it with others. New environments will introduce you to new people and traditions. Of course, it will also introduce other people to your new traditions. Because curiosity is a powerful learning device, it is always advantageous to share with anyone eager to learn. Involve neighbors and others within your community to share in some of your traditions and share your culture with everyone.

Culture through family

While culture is composed of many daily practices and rituals, it is also extremely important to pass on the history of the family and the specific traditions that a family has. Culture can cover a large spectrum, from adapting to a certain environment, manners, and language to the specific nature within a family group.

Family heirlooms: It is important to know the history of things which are passed down within the family. But, this history incorporates more than a short story, but also validates the meaning and what it represents. Don’t just pass it on as a gift, but place it in the perspective as something that has depth in your culture and must continue on down the family line.

Tell it like it ought to be: When it comes to folklore, sayings, stories, humor, study how they’re told and incorporate the native language spoken. Though it is valuable to learn new languages in new locations, practicing that which is familiar in a familiar essence maintains the feel of heritage instead of being copied down in mere words. This embeds the cultural values and history by preserving them in the very soil that gives them value.

Maintaining contact with your culture: One of the most intervening cultural hindrances is distance. The distance from place to place builds barriers which can be difficult to overcome, which is where amenities such as international calling services can overcome any distance across the world. Whether you’re talking with grandparents, relatives, or just staying in touch with some old friends, you can reach a friendly voice at the touch of a button to continue teaching children about culture learning.

Building a bridge between generations

There will always be differences between parents and the children they raise in a new cultural environment. Bridging the difference is an ongoing process which must be practiced every day and can never be ignored, lest it be forgotten.
Through our children, we are able to truly live forever. Our traditions, culture, and memories carry on into the future, maintaining all the very depths of knowledge that we all accumulate and passing it on to the next generation. From there, it will be up to our children to do the same. And that is the most important thing we can teach them, not that they must just learn habits and traditions, but that they too must one day teach their children and others about where they came from and who they are.

* Use this article on teaching children about culture only as an informational only guide. Please seek professional authority resources to help find relevant training guides about your specific cultural background.

**Photograph “Teach Your Children” by Oobwoodman under Creative Commons Attribution

International Calling Service Made Better by Technological Developments in Communications

Communication used to be difficult and expensive just a few decades ago. People used to spend lot of time and money just to place international calls. It was considered luxury. But with the advent of technology in the field of communications, international calling service has become simpler and more affordable.

With increased growth of economies, people have started moving to distant places for better job prospects which kept them away from their family, friends and relatives. This raised the need to make more international calls. Today, because of inexpensive and simple international calling services, the world has gotten smaller.

International calls are usually made using computers wherein different methods are used to place calls. But at times, it does happen that people who you need to call either do not have computers at their disposal or are still not familiar with using computers to communicate. But technology has been successful in bringing solutions to this issue and mentioned below are few ways wherein international calls can be made to people who do not have computers:

Landline: The conventional way of making internationals calls to people abroad when they don’t have computers at their disposal, is to use a landline phone. Landline phones are operated via the standard Public Switched Telephone Network. Making international calls using landlines is quite an expensive affair and the cost for it depends on the country where you are calling and your long distance calling plan. People who need to make frequent international calls to other countries can opt for special calling plans that are cheaper as compared to conventional landline phone charges.

Mobile phones and calling cards: Cell phones have captured the market globally and today every other person owns a mobile phone. With the advent of technology in the field of mobile communication, it has become common to make international calls using mobile phones. Today, several International call service providers offer a variety of different plans to match your budget. One such way to call overseas is by using cheap international calling cards. These phone cards are easily available at mobile outlets and one can choose from different cards assigned for different locations. Cheap international cards to call friends and relatives are very simple to use. An 11 digit code is imprinted on the card; one simply has to scratch the card to reveal the code number. The destination number is prefixed by this 11 digit code to place an international call. However virtual phone services have added new features to avoid having to use a pin code and now make quick speedy calls abroad with out even entering that long code or remembering the country code numbers abroad.

Access numbers: Another popular international calling service is the access number. Access numbers are made available through some online websites. Users simply have to register with the portal. Access numbers are designated on the basis of the country you are willing to call. To make the first call, users have to dial the local access number followed by a PIN and the destination landline or mobile number. Calls can be made depending on how much balance is left in the number. One can add to the balance through online payment portals or phone prompt authorization.  There is also auto recharge to ensure that you always have funds available to never end a great call early.

VOIP: VOIP – Voice over Internet Protocol is a widely used cheap mode of making international calls. Various portals offer different software that allow you to make calls using VOIP. VOIP technology helps people call overseas using traditional phones; all you need is an internet connection. A variety of different plans are available to make international calls using VOIP to match your budget. The only drawback of VOIP is that the quality of sound can sometimes break because of insufficient internet speed.

Pingo offers a 100% call quality service that has advanced features for pin-less speed dialing.

**Photograph “Random Landline @ Whole Foods” by Vic[tori]a Lesikar under Creative Commons Attribution

Best Practices For International Job Interview Questions

When applying for an international job, how should you go about it? The best practices for an international job interview questions actually require the same detailed research and planning as you would do when applying for a normal interview for a job back home. Anyone from India or the world expecting to take part in an interview of this type needs to thoroughly consider a number of things before the Int. job interview actually happens.

The first thing that any interviewee needs to understand is that the interviewer has already looked at their resumes and their technical skills and has been impressed to a certain extent. Being chosen for the International phone interview means that the interviewer is already considering the interviewee for the position and the outcome will be determined by how well this person does in the Int. job interview process, and how adeptly they apply the best international job interview practices.

Preparation is vital

Preparing for the interview is essential and extremely important. The first of the international job interview best practices is to take time to research the company that is doing the hiring. Conducting proper research will allow you to understand the employer better and also build a strategy about how you are going to answer the questions. As you find out what the company stands for and what working for them would involve, think of possible International job interview questions they might ask, and be sure to gather all the information necessary beforehand that you will need to answer any questions they might ask. This way you will already have the answers at your fingertips when you are actually on the phone for the interview. Also remember to keep your answers as short and straight to the point as possible.

Background noise can make a big difference

In any international call, both parties should be able to understand each other. A second one of the important international job interview best practices is to make sure that your surroundings are quiet at the time that you are expecting the call. Receiving the call at a place that is quiet will allow the interviewer to hear all your answers and make it easier for them to understand you even if you have an accent.

Be sure to have a reliable phone service like Pingo that backs every call with 100% call quality guarantee to ensure you have a clear line to call your interviewer with VS attempting to be cheap with a free but really low quality VoIP service.  So that you avoid dropped phone calls or lousy call quality to not hear your great job interview answers.

Focus is another very important part of the international job interview best practices. It requires that one be attentive and listen to every question that is being asked. After listening carefully to the question, then focus on answering as clearly and concisely as possible.

In any interview, one hopes to portray characteristics that he believes sets him apart from the rest of the applicants. It is no different when it comes to international job interview best practices. When participating in an international interview, answer in such a way as to state clearly what you will be bringing to the company and how the company is going to benefit by hiring you over another individual. This is where the person from India being interviewed gets to state their strong points.

Make a first impression that’s worth a second look

Since the interviewer is not able to look at your facial expression during a phone interview as they would in a normal interview, international job interview best practices state that one should always be enthusiastic as he speaks. Speaking enthusiastically about the company that you are being interviewed by, about the industry that they work in, as well as about the position that you have applied for, leaves one at a better position as the interviewer is also motivated to listen.

Lastly, international job interview best practices require that one be able to create a lasting impression. How one answers the questions will show whether they are professional and well prepared for the interview or not and this is what can make one stand out from the rest.

* Use this only as an informational guide and please seek professional advice from a certified International job placement recruiting coach.

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