June 10, 2023

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Modern Technology Allows For Economical Call Options

There were times when we could not even think of talking to friends and relatives who were settled abroad. I.S.D. calls or international calling facilities were either not available or were astronomically high-priced. In the twentieth and the twenty-first century, we have witnessed a wireless and technological revolution of sorts, especially in the field of mobiles. Call rates have become much cheaper and easier to make. However, the problem of making international long distance calls yet remains. Calls to places like Nigeria come with very high per minute rates and roaming charges if they are made from wireless networks like mobiles. Thus, in the world of global communication and business, it has become a great disadvantage and a costly option for people who have to make frequent international calls.

Are there other options?

Our good old landline is the answer to all our international calling problems. In the twentieth century, billions of dollars had been invested into planning and improving the technology which enabled long distance calls to be made from landlines. Investment in technology and equipment used to fine-tune this service was unfortunately reflected in the calling rates of the landlines. However, the twenty-first century saw the improvement and higher demand for wireless networks which replaced the necessity of landlines and simultaneously lessening the demand for investment in upgrading the landline services. This led to drastic cuts in the expenses of calling from landlines or fixed networks. Thus, a cheap option for making calls to Nigeria is from the landlines and it is a noted fact that most people with mobiles still retain their landlines for making cheap international calls.

Why are mobiles ultimately costlier?

When mobiles were introduced, it was such a revolutionary and futuristic technology that the mass public went crazy behind it. Nowadays, it has become inconceivable to leave the house without a cellular phone. However, people are constantly demanding new and updated technologies, improved services and networks, accessibility to the Internet and mp3. All these services are costly and are consuming a lot of money to develop and operate. These costs translate into higher access fees, national and international roaming charges which are ultimately costlier for the masses.

Solutions for long-distance calls

International call rates are lower on a landline than a mobile phone. This is simply due to the circles of demand and supply. Once a new product comes into the retail market, there is a subsequent fall in the prices of the other products available in the market. Thus when mobiles have raised their call charges, then the landlines have cut down international call rates. The same thing had happened when the pricing of dial-up Internet had fallen versus the speed Internet. Thus, the easiest way to enable cheap calls to keep in touch with friends and relatives in places like Nigeria is via a landline telephone. It is thanks to them that long distance calls have become affordable and are not considered an impossible thing these days.