Cheapest International calls From Singapore

There are many foreigners living and working in Singapore. Making international calling will be another daily activity, just like eating and drinking. Therefore, international calling bill will be another main part of cost of living in Singapore. Cost of oversea calling can affect the monthly spending significantly.

As my phone bill in 2012 February is $51.50 SGD, it increased by 2 times in 2012 March just because I made more international phone calls. Last week, I got the phone bill for 2012 April. It is a big surprise to me because the cost of oversea calling hit the $200.00 threshold. The totally cost is $260, increasing by 2 times from cost in 2012 March.

Monthly Cost of Oversea Calling (SGD $)
2012 Feb $51.50
2012 March $102.05
2012 April $262.43

Reduce Phone Bill Overseas in Singapore

There are three ways to make economical international calling, international direct dial from telecom, international calling card (callback cards), internet calling. In Singapore, there are three main telephone service providers, Singtel, StarHub, and M1. All these three telephone companies provide their own international direct dial service. For each telephone company, it will provide several international direct dial services for different needs. Usually there are two types dial services, premium service and value service. Premium service will provide high call quality and fast dialing with a high rates. The value service will provide a reasonable quality and keep the rate as low as possible. Here are three tables to show you the main international dial services provided by these three telephone companies.

International Calling Services From Singtel
IDD 001 (Premium Service) S$ / min
United States of America $0.41
China $1.46
Malaysia $0.33 – $0.12
India $1.54
v019 (Value-for-Money international voice service) S$ / min
United States of America $0.15
China $0.23
Malaysia $0.16
India $0.84
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International Calling Services From StarHub
IDD 008 (Premium Service) S$ / min
United States of America $0.37
China $1.32
Malaysia $0.33 – $0.08
India $1.38
IDD 018 (economical outgoing voice) S$ / min
United States of America $0.15
China $0.22
Malaysia $0.16 – $0.13
India $0.81
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International Calling Services From M1
IDD 002 (Premium Service) S$ / min
United States of America $0.39
China $1.39
Malaysia $0.70 – $0.20
India $1.55
IDD 021 (Value-for-Money international voice service) S$ / min
United States of America $0.30
China $0.60
Malaysia $0.25 – $0.09
India $0.98
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Contrast between all the international calling services which are provided by Singtel, Starhub and M1 provides an important perspective. We can find that the cheapest international calls service is IDD 018 from Starhub. For most tourists or short-term visitors, this is the best choice between cheap international calling services. If you want to stay in Singapore more than one year and you have a lots of phone calls to make, there will be another alternative way to help you save money on oversea calling, it is callback cards or international calling cards. Currently, I am using the callback cards. For my half month usage experience, the callback cards are much cheaper for long term visitors or resident. But some of the callback cards are not that good. In next post, I will talk about the callback cards in details.

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