A survey by www.rebtel.com has indicated Vanuatu is 7th in the list of most expensive places to call. The Island Paradise has been listed 7th on the list.
When making an international phone call, rates per-minute can vary widely depending on the country you are trying to reach. Some nations may be isolated from Europe or the United States both in a geographical or political sense. As a general rule of thumb, this kind of situation usually results in those countries being more expensive to call.
The map below indicates 10 of the most expensive destinations to reach with an international phone call. We’ve further compiled some example pricing below, based on an average of the leading telecommunications companies in the US. This can give you a good base for comparison when comparing rates with online VoIP services like Skype, Tango and Rebtel etc.
1. North Korea ($2.49 Verizon/$2.49 Sprint)
The North Korean telecommunication market is indeed a unique one. Expats in the country are given access to a completely different network than locals and the two networks do not interchange. Sanctions imposed on North Korea, and high tariffs in the country, contribute to extremely high rates.
2. Madagascar ($2.38 Verizon/ $2.29 Sprint)
Madagascar imposes heavy costs of doing business on telecommunications providers, which are passed on to callers into that country.
3. Comoros ($2.07 Verizon/$2.07 Sprint)
Comoros imposes heavy tax burdens that affect calls into the country.
4. Chad ($1.99 Verizon/ $2.11 Sprint)
Chad imposes high taxes on calls ending in this country.
5. Guinea-Bissau ($1.85 Verizon/ $1.82 Sprint)
Guinea-Bissau also imposes heavy cost structures on telecommunications providers, including high taxes on calls terminating in that country.
6. Laos ($1.52 Verizon/ $1.49 Sprint)
Laos imposes a high tax burden on calls terminating in that country.
7. Vanuatu ($1.49 Verizon/$1.49 Sprint)
Vanuatu imposes high taxes on calls terminating in that country.
8. Tuvalu ($1.49 Verizon/$1.49 Sprint)
Tuvalu imposes heavy cost structures on telecommunications providers, including high taxes on calls terminating in that country.
9. Nauru ($1.49 Verizon/$1.38 Sprint)
Nauru imposes heavy costs of doing business on telecommunications providers, which are passed on to callers into that country.
10. Cuba (Verizon $1.19/ $1.19 Sprint)