I've long used Jajah for cheap international calls when traveling. The service works a couple ways- through their website, you can click a number, their system dials you and then dials the number and connects the two. Very handy when calling other countries through my Italian cell phone, since I don't pay for incoming calls. Also, you can get "Jajah Direct" numbers, when you dial a local number (for example, when in Italy I can dial a number in Milan, and connect to someone in the states, or when in the states I can dial a local Chicago number and it connects me to someone in Italy). Rates are very nice. They just sent an announcement that they are closing all these services effective Jan 31, 2014. What is a good alternative? Google voice is great when I'm in the U.S. calling out, but doesn't work when I'm outside the country. I've only done minimal skype tests, found it awkward and not reliable from my laptop, but haven't tried it from cell phones.