How to make cheap international calls to Ghana and Nigeria from the UK

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How to make cheap international calls to Ghana and Nigeria from the UK

Cheap international calls have been made possible by a number of technological advances in recent years. Gone are the days when people had just one telecommunications provider to choose from – the choice of services on offer nowadays is great news for the consumer. When people want to make international calls to Nigeria and Ghana, they are now able to choose from a range of options to suit their own needs, whether they need to make a one-off cheap call or if they require a service which offers them a package of cheap international calls.

A service such as Planet Talk Instant can be an excellent option for certain consumers, because it is so easy to use with no pre-payment or account needed. The individual is able to use their landline phone in the UK to make international calls to Nigeria or Ghana without needing to buy any additional equipment in advance – meaning set-up costs are non-existent. However, everyone has different needs, and for some a service such as Planet Talk Account may be an ideal way to make cheap international calls every single day. Having an account means that the customer has even greater control over their finances and more flexibility. With Planet Talk Account, the customer can choose whether to use a landline or mobile phone to make cheap calls from and can enjoy superior line quality. Planet Talk Card is another enticing option for those wanting to make cheap calls to Ghana or Nigeria, with users able to make international calls from their mobile phones. Consumers are able to sign up for Planet Talk Card via a premium SMS service, which they will also use to conveniently top-up their account.

Ghana - recent developments
According to the latest figures from the CIA World Factbook, there were 376,500 telephone lines and just over 7.6 million mobile phones in use across Ghana in 2007. It states that competition among different mobile providers helped to drive growth in that sector. This may mean that for many Ghanaians who spend significant amounts of time in the UK, Planet Talk Card could be an excellent choice, as it enables them to use their mobile phone to make cheap calls to Ghana.

It has also been shown that a number of people in Ghana are now using their mobile phone to surf the internet. In a new study from Opera Software, Ghana appeared for the first time in a list of the top 12 African countries using the mobile web browser Opera Mini. It would seem that as well as making cheap calls to Ghana, an increasing number of people with links to the west African country are also using their mobiles to go online.

Nigeria - recent developments
In terms of the situation in Nigeria, the CIA World Factbook's 2007 data shows that there were 1.58 million telephone lines in use across the country. In addition, it reveals that there were 40.395 million mobile phones being used, reflecting the popularity of the cell phone in Nigeria. Again, Nigerian visitors to the UK may benefit from a service such as Planet Talk Card or even Planet Talk Account, both of which enable users to make cheap calls to Nigeria through their mobile phones. Interestingly, in the Opera Software study, Nigeria jumped from fourth to second place in the list of mobile internet users.

Conclusion
It is clear that people now have lots of options if they want to make cheap international calls to Ghana and Nigeria. They can use their fixed-line telephone service to make cheap calls, with the benefit of clear prices and few, if any, reception problems. Or they can make cheap calls to Ghana and Nigeria through their mobile phone, which will be a good choice if they do not have a fixed-line connection and enjoy all the other benefits of a mobile phone such as internet access - which as we have seen is increasingly popular in Nigeria and Ghana. Some consumers are also using internet-based call services, which can be convenient yet not without disadvantages – not least the fact that the recipient of the call also needs to own a personal computer with a fast internet connection.

Given the huge popularity of mobile phones among Nigerian and Ghanaian nationals, it would appear that Planet Talk Card and Planet Talk Account may be very good options for them. They enable the user to make cheap calls to Ghana and cheap calls to Nigeria from the UK with little fuss and at little cost.

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