If you have an Android Phone you may want to consider the "WiCall" app. The application uses Wifi instead of your service provider to make the phone call. Most International rates range from 1-4 cents per minute but you prepay in advance. Here is a link to the Play Store for more info: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wicall
ksolsberg, I would recommend adding the app VIBER as it is free long distance calls or texts to any other VIBER user. This is a great tool and it is available for either IPhones or Androids. It saved me bundles when in Japan in May. You never have to worry about where you are or what the hotels charge. Just fyi
Vaboywndr, actually once you install the app and sign up your device will show you who else has the app. Instead of pushing your phone, you push the viber symbol and call through it. It will automatically call them or text them through viber so there is no charge on either end. The only catch is that you can only call people that have viber account. It is absolutely free and I have had no issues with it. Now all my family that have smart phones are on it so I can call or text them while overseas. Hope this is helpful.