Calling Tips.

Calling tips are good for those people, who want to make calls in Sri Lanka, whether it is land line or mobile phone.

  • When you make a phone conversation first tell, who you are and whom you want to talk.
  • If you happened to dial a home line and if one elderly person attend to it, then he will start to ask lot of questions like who you are, where you are calling from, whom you want to talk and why you want to talk to that person?
    Most of these elders are waiting by the phone for it to ring and they want to pass their time, by having their time on the other man's expenses.
  • Make calls early morning as you will get off peak phone bill. Two kinds of tariffs will apply as peak and off peak calls.
  • Peak time communication is expensive specially to a cellular phone is more expensive than the land line.
  • PC calls or VoIP calls will not allow you to make emergency-calls.
  • When you are abroad you can make collect call through the operator and the charges will be added to your home bill or to the person who accepts it. A land phone may give three kinds of tones. A land phone may give three kinds of sounds.
    1. Ringing sound
    2. Engaged tone(someone is talking or the receiver is not placed properly.)
    3. Line disconnected tone.
  • Cell phones will receive message even if they are switched off. Once switched on, they will provide incoming message alert.
  • Before connecting to some one in a foreign country check their local time to make sure that you are not disturbing them.
  • If your country allows the use of VoIP, use it as it is the cheapest method to make and receive calls.
  • When there is thunderstorm don't use mobile or CDMA phones to prevent lightning attacks.
  • In many countries including Sri Lanka the use of cell phones are prohibited by law while driving. Use hands free.
  • Operator assisted phone connections are cheaper than the IDD calls.
  • International roaming is easier way to connect to your home while you are visiting another country, but it will be expensive. So buy a local SIM card and use it for cheaper tariffs.To achieve this you must have at least a Tri band handset. Quad band is the best.
  • Satellite communication is possible from any where to any number through any satelite phones. Their charges are high and may be around US$ 6.50 per minute.
  • Toll free numbers, there will be no charges if you call these numbers. But be warned, if they are forwarded to another line, that may cost you lot of money.
  • Premium numbers, if you contact these numbers your account will be charged US$ 1 - 10 per each minutes your call lasts. Mostly rhese people trick you to call them.
  • Using your Smartphone and dialer Apps through the Wi-Fi connection is the cheapest way to make international calls.

A Note to you

Public holidays, Sundays and Poya days are the best time to make low priced calls to any part of the world from Sri Lanka through out the day and night.

International country code of Sri Lanka is +94 or 0094.