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Filed: V-1 Visa Country: Honduras
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Sorry in advance, this may not be where to post this but I don't know where else.

What cell phoneservice do you guys use to talk to your fiances? Mine is in honduras and I have sprint pcs and its expensive! They charge for incoming international LD and I don't know if I can keep paying it, its getting ridiculous! someone please help if you have a cheaper way. Thanks in advance!

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Sorry in advance, this may not be where to post this but I don't know where else.

What cell phoneservice do you guys use to talk to your fiances? Mine is in honduras and I have sprint pcs and its expensive! They charge for incoming international LD and I don't know if I can keep paying it, its getting ridiculous! someone please help if you have a cheaper way. Thanks in advance!

Sorry again.

Skype is a great way to communicate with your fiancee ! And you get to see each other whenever !

All you have to do is to pay for flat internet , if you have a laptop great, if not, buy a cheap headset and web cam and you're good to go !

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Personally, I prefer to use my home phone. I get unlimited international calling for $35.00 ontop of my local calls of $19.00 with AT&T. If I AM using my cell phone to say a "Hey, I'll be home late tonight- I'll call you at such and such time", I use SPRINT and have their International Plan that is an additional $5.00 a month and charges $10 a minute instead of the $45 a minute I'd get without it.

Other options is this little device called the magic jack! You buy it for $19 and it allows you to use your phone through the internet FOR FREE. Basically, it's a free land line phone you can use to call ppl international. My Step-Mother uses it to call her daughters in Brazil.

http://www.magicjack.com/6/index.asp

Another option is Skype! At the time I used it, it was FREE for international calls. It worked okay.

My Husband and I are both video game nerds, so we use the internet to communicate and spend time together A LOT by playing multi-player games online and use our web cams every so often with Skype.


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Skype! And Skype mobile :)

Also, GMAIL calls are free to any number in the US, so I use that to call Tim alot :)


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We met through a study-abroad program in Shanghai, China in August of 2009

We got engaged March of 2010

I received my K1 VISA in 6 months (June-December 2010)

We were married 04/02/2011
I received my conditional 2-year greencard (AOS) in 2.5 months with no interview (April-June 2011)

Our son was born 02/03/2013

I received my masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology 04/17/2013

I received my 10-year greencard (ROC) in 3 months with no interview (March-June 2013)

My husband returned from deployment 06/20/2013

My naturalization journey took 4 months (April-August 2014)

I became a US citizen on 08/01/2014

Received passport in 3 weeks (regular processing)

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Just to clarify the use of the magic jack. You purchase it and set it up here in the USA before sending it to her. This is when the phone number is assigned to the phone. You can have an area code used in your state if you like.

She connects the magic jack to her USB port on her computer or any internet cafe computer and then she connects a phone to the magic jack. She can call any land line of cell phone in the USA for Zero cost to you. The magic jack includes one year of service when you purchase it. It cost less than $20 per year to use. It is cheaper to pay for the 5 year plan after the first year.

I like it because she can call my cell phone and talk to me while on the way to/from work. She can call my work number, etc. She also uses it to call her sister that lives in the USA. Her whole family loves having magic jack. It is really great.

Also, if she has the magic jack plugged in and the computer on, you can then call her from any phone here in the USA.

Lastly, you can go to the magic jack logon ID on the iternet and enter the email and password used for the setup of the magic jack and print out the telephone log and contact list periodically for record purposes that can be later used for her interview.

I hope this helps.

Edited by bestofboston

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I uses Stanacard for cell phone calls. You buy it on-line and it will assign a local number to your fiance. You call the local number and it connects through to your fiance's cell phone. The rates are MUCH cheaper than the phone company rates. http://stanacard.com/en/home.aspx

And I use Skype and texts.


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10/25/2010 NOA 1

04/14/2011 NOA 2

04/19/2011 NVC Received

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07/06/2011 Interview at Embassy, Approved

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07/22/2011 POE Miami

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12/05/2011 I 485, I-131 and EAD application recevied

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Just to clarify the use of the magic jack. You purchase it and set it up here in the USA before sending it to her. This is when the phone number is assigned to the phone. You can have an area code used in your state if you like.

She connects the magic jack to her USB port on her computer or any internet cafe computer and then she connects a phone to the magic jack. She can call any land line of cell phone in the USA for Zero cost to you. The magic jack includes one year of service when you purchase it. It cost less than $20 per year to use. It is cheaper to pay for the 5 year plan after the first year.

I like it because she can call my cell phone and talk to me while on the way to/from work. She can call my work number, etc. She also uses it to call her sister that lives in the USA. Her whole family loves having magic jack. It is really great.

Also, if she has the magic jack plugged in and the computer on, you can then call her from any phone here in the USA.

Lastly, you can go to the magic jack logon ID on the iternet and enter the email and password used for the setup of the magic jack and print out the telephone log and contact list periodically for record purposes that can be later used for her interview.

I hope this helps.

I forgot to add we use magic jack too.. but I stopped using it once i learned about Gmail calls :) Its free and so convenient!


My Journey:

We met through a study-abroad program in Shanghai, China in August of 2009

We got engaged March of 2010

I received my K1 VISA in 6 months (June-December 2010)

We were married 04/02/2011
I received my conditional 2-year greencard (AOS) in 2.5 months with no interview (April-June 2011)

Our son was born 02/03/2013

I received my masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology 04/17/2013

I received my 10-year greencard (ROC) in 3 months with no interview (March-June 2013)

My husband returned from deployment 06/20/2013

My naturalization journey took 4 months (April-August 2014)

I became a US citizen on 08/01/2014

Received passport in 3 weeks (regular processing)

Thank you, VJ! smile.png

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Sorry in advance, this may not be where to post this but I don't know where else.

What cell phoneservice do you guys use to talk to your fiances? Mine is in honduras and I have sprint pcs and its expensive! They charge for incoming international LD and I don't know if I can keep paying it, its getting ridiculous! someone please help if you have a cheaper way. Thanks in advance!

Sorry again.

If you have a smartphone, you should be able to download some good phone apps on there. I have an iPhone, so I use a combination of Vonage Mobile and Skype. With Vonage, I can talk unlimited for only $25 with my fiancee who lives in India. I am not sure if Android phones currently have Vonage Mobile, but I'm guessing they do have it available by now. But you can get Vonage for your home landline anyway, and you would have to pay a separate, one-time price for the adapter.

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Sorry in advance, this may not be where to post this but I don't know where else.

What cell phoneservice do you guys use to talk to your fiances? Mine is in honduras and I have sprint pcs and its expensive! They charge for incoming international LD and I don't know if I can keep paying it, its getting ridiculous! someone please help if you have a cheaper way. Thanks in advance!

Sorry again.

I use my cell phone (as little as possible) and my international T-Mobile plan. It still is expensive even though it gives me a discounted rate I still pay $0.25 a minute to call my fiance's cell phone. I mostly use Skype to make calls, it is cheaper than my cell at $0.15, but it still adds up. I also use calling cards (those that they sell at Mexican supermarkets) and they are the best deal if I want to talk for half an hour or so (a $2 card lasts 30 minutes). I tried using Rebtel, but it did not work for us. I do not have a landline and neither does my fiance, the only phone we both have is our cell phone and because of this we are not able to use other cheaper options which require a landline. I hope you find cheaper ways to stay in touch!

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August 23, 2010 - I-129 F package sent via USPS priority mail with delivery confirmation.

August 30, 2010 - Per Department of Homeland Security (DHS) e-mail, petition received and routed to California Service Center for processing. Check cashed. I-797C Notice of Action by mail (NOA 1) - Received date 08/25/2010. Notice date 08/27/2010.

After 150 days of imposed anxious patience...

January 24, 2011 - Per USCIS website, petition approved and notice mailed.

January 31, 2011 - Approval receipt notice (NOA 2) received by mail. Called NVC, given Santo Domingo case number, and informed that petition was sent same day to consulate.

Called Visa Specialist at the Department of State every day for a case update. Informed of interview date on February, 16 2011. Informed that packet was mailed to fiance on February, 15 2011.

February 21, 2011 - Fiance has not yet received packet. Called 1-877-804-5402 (Visa Information Center of the United States Embassy) to request a duplicate packet in person pick-up at the US consulate in Santo Domingo. Packet can be picked-up by fiance on 02/28.

March 1, 2011 - Medical exam completed at Consultorios de Visa in Santo Domingo.

March 9, 2011 at 6 AM - Interview, approved!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Russia
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skype in the morning and skype at night...

in between I use a calling card for a few minutes here and there. This site has some great deals on calling cards:

http://www.getcallingcard.com/

You shouldn't use regular cell phone service to call internationally.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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Sorry in advance, this may not be where to post this but I don't know where else.

What cell phoneservice do you guys use to talk to your fiances? Mine is in honduras and I have sprint pcs and its expensive! They charge for incoming international LD and I don't know if I can keep paying it, its getting ridiculous! someone please help if you have a cheaper way. Thanks in advance!

Sorry again.

Hi! If you have high speed internet service at home. You can get a magic jack and register it to someone in the US. I have one I use at home, and I bought my fiance' one in the Philippines. I simply registered it to my address and shipped it to her. Now we talk all the time, either through yahoo messenger or the magic jack. Magic Jack is like making a local call. Good luck!

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We used Magic Jack and had no problems. When my wife moved to the states she wanted to keep in touch with everyone. Now I six of them all over the Philippines. Local call to all from my cell phone or land line.

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Filed: Country: Bolivia
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We use MagicJack! It's no longer $20 a year... it's $40 now I think. But so worth it.

Try hooking up with a great calling card at UnionTelecard.com. Please enter my email as your referrer.

All this stuff together with an Unlimited National plan for T-Mobile, seals the deal. We talk a lot!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Peru
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My fiance doesn't have internet in his apartment so it makes things like magic jack and skype more difficult. We use skype about once a week when he can get to an internet cafe and we video chat. Other than that, I buy phone cards (PeruTel) and it's pretty cheap. It's $.03 a minute to call his land line (I made him get one so it would be cheaper), and about $.12 to call a cell phone. You call a US number, then enter your pin number then call the number you want to dial. It's nice cuz i can use a cell phone or landline and pay the same amount (only the amount to call the US number). It works well, but I still do end up paying about $20 a month in phone cards.


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9/27 NOA1 received in mail

9/28- Check Cashed

10/1- touched

2/23- RFE email

2/28- RFE hardcopy

3/7- NOA2!!!!!

3/28- Interview! APPROVED!

4/7 - Jimmy arrives in the USA!

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Kyrgyzstan
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I was going to offer http://www.voipcheap.com, but when I looked at the rates in your country (Honduras), it doesn't look that cheap. It's about 14 eurocents/min to a landline phone.

What I like about this calling company is that they offer 2 iPhone apps: one for sending text messages and the other - for calling. Some destinations are even free to call, i think. (unfortunately, Kyrgyzstan does not fall under that "free" category")

I would do what others are suggesting here. Although, if your fiance does not have an internet at home, those options are not the best ones..


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K-1 Process

09/03/2010 - NOA1

02/02/2011 - NOA2 text message and an email (~5 months later)

04/26/2011 - Interview! Visa APPROVED and issued! yAAAy

05/20/2011 - POE: LAX

06/03/2011 - Wedding!!

07/07/2011 - Adilet got his SSN!

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AOS Process

07/11/2011 - Sent our AOS package (AOS & EAD)

07/13/2011 - NOA1 text message and an email

08/09/2011 - Biometrics taken

09/01/2011 - Email notification that our interview is set for October 14.

09/23/2011 - Email notification that Adilet's EAD is in production.

10/04/2011 - EAD in hands.

10/14/2011 - Interview. GC APPROVED on the spot! Yeah!

11/01/2011 - GC in hands

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04/03/2012 - Our beautiful baby girl is born!

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