We now have Skype Telephone Service. Using our PC, we will be able to make international telephone calls AT NO CHARGE! And we even have a United States telephone number our family and friends can direct dial, but it will ring in Switzerland.
How cool is that?
There are several companies to choose from. But we went with Skype because it seems to work well with both PC and Macs.
Check Skype out. Download the software and you too can make international PC to PC calls for free! You can also upgrade for an assigned telephone number for 30 Euros per year. And there are many add ons for those who are gadgety-inclined.
Could have used this when I was a student living in Ireland back in 1990. Standing in the drizzling rain waiting for my turn to use the payphone on the corner was no fun. And my parents would have been relieved not to pay the weekly international collect call charges...