If you're heading to the Embassy in Baghdad, here's a tip from a colleague about calling family in the US: "The phone service to the US works great, so you can just use a 1 cent a minute domestic calling card, and just stick to the regular phones, which can be more convenient and comfortable. But either option (Skype, Vonage, calling card) you prefer should work fine."
Here's another comment about phones: "I have my own Vonage phone I take with me to every post. I use it in my room here and it works great. I find it a lot easier to have family and friends call me for free anytime."
And another: "I use Skype mainly for the video to accompany the audio. It's nice to see my family when we're talking. At post, we have plenty of bandwidth most of the time. The evening tend to be slower when everyone is online making calls or downloading music or movies. When this happens I just turn off the video part and just talk."
What do you think about calling cards, phone plans, etc.?
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