How to make cheap International Calls to and from Nigeria

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We all know making calls to places outside Nigeria can be very expensive. Our mobile network operators have introduced many plans. Using one migration code or the other, these plans are supposed to enable us make cheaper international calls. But hey! Have you thought outside of the box?


Here are steps you can take to make even cheaper international calls:

  • You (the caller) and the recipient should own smartphones. (Hey! everyone abroad should own a smartphone).
  • Invite the person to WhatsApp or IMO.
  • Call each other through voice call feature in any of these two apps.
  • That’s all.

Sounds to easy right? Trust me, it’s far cheaper calling people abroad through VOIP calls, than placing calls the normal way. If your concern is call clarity, IMO got you covered. Better still, set WhatsApp to consume less data. See screenshot below:


Try this and thank me later.


  1. I once received an international call on whatsapp for about 10 mins and it was crispy clear. More surprising was that the call took just about 1mb. This was on glo normal data plan and I didn’t know about the “use less data” thing then.

  2. I’ve tried Viber, WeChar, FB Messenger, Skype….trust me, calls done the traditional way always win.

    If you’re in a bad reception area like I am, most of your call (and data) will be spent reconnecting or saying “can you hear me?” Unless you’re using real 4G or have a good wifi connection, forget it.

  3. From my own experience IMO calls are actually cheaper than WhatsApp though the new option to reduce data usage on WhatsApp calls might have improved the data consumption and also IMO has better connectivity even on 2G network than WhatsApp too..

  4. There is a mobile company that allows you to keep your existing number and call to 90 countries. It’s called With their international calling card you can make cheap calls from abroad and don’t worry about roaming.

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