Making overseas phone calls
When calling the US from Europe, remember that European rates for overseas telephone calls are considerably higher than US rates - especially since the cost of overseas calls from the US was cut by 35 percent about a year ago. To circumvent this expense, experienced travelers quickly give the number where they are staying to the person they're calling, and ask to be called back.Skip to next paragraph
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If you call from your hotel, be sure to ask in advance what surcharge will be placed on your call, as these can be quite high. AT&T claims that surcharges ranging from 100 percent to 300 percent of the cost of the call are not uncommon. To combat this problem, the company is promoting a program it calls Teleplan, an agreement with hotel groups to limit their surcharges. Rates vary from hotel to hotel, but the range is $1 to $10 per call. Hotel chains participating in the plan include Comfort Hotels International in the UK, France , and the Netherlands; Inter-Hotels, Switzerland; Novotel Hotels in Germany and Austria; Mandarin International; the Panama National Hotel Association; the hotel associations of Ireland, Israel, and Portugal; Hilton International Hotels; Marriott Hotels; the Golden Tulip Hotels in Holland; the Lygon Arms Hotel in Broadway, England; and the Ledra Hotel in Cyprus.
If you can not conveniently call from your hotel, most post offices in Europe will place a call for you. By the way, placing an overseas collect call is very time-consuming; and some hotels won't do it at all.