I remember the days before the internet when real-time video conferencing was something only seen in movies like Back to the Future and Star Trek. How things have changed.
When you move abroad, it’s always nice to be able to call those back in your home country. Skype and Google Talk allow you to do this for free as long as you have your computer and an internet connection. You can be even more independent if you have a smart phone with a 3G subscription.
But what do you do when you want to call home on your 800 Baht mobile?
There are three major mobile service providers in Thailand: Happy/DTAC, 1-2-call/AIS and True. When you decide to call your friends back home, you can simply dial the country code and the telephone number. The call will go through, but charges can be rather expensive. You can drastically lower the cost by remembering to dial a special prefix and talk those you love for as little as 3 Baht per minute. Not bad!
Happy/DTAC: dial prefix “004” – rates start from 3 Baht per minute
click here for a full list of Happy/DTAC international rates
1-2-call/AIS: dial prefix “00500” – rates start from 3 Baht per minute
click here for a full list of 1-2-call/AIS international rates
True: dial prefix “006” – rates start from 3 Baht per minute
click here for a full list of True international rates
All three of these work the same way.
prefix + country code + city/area code + telephone number
Add these prefixes to the telephone numbers in your address book and you too can enjoy lower long distance rates when you call home.