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Celebrating New Year’s in Brazil: Using Ooma App for International Calls

By Dennis Peng|Thursday December 27, 2018

When the clock strikes midnight on December 31, 2018, the crowd celebrating the new year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will likely be the largest in its history.

Last year, more than 2.4 million people gathered on Copacabana beach to welcome in the new year with a 17-minute display of fireworks and 10 musical acts playing live. The audience at Brazil’s celebration, called Réveillon, tops New Years at Times Square, which hosts about two million people.

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New Year’s Traditions in Brazil

New Year’s in Rio is a gigantic party, and some long-standing Afro-Brazilian customs are part of the Réveillion celebration.

It’s traditional to wear new clothes to bring good luck in the new year, and wearing all white is customary to represent peace. Many people with add a symbolic splash of color to their outfit, such as green for good health, yellow for wealth, red for romance, or purple for inspiration.

Additionally, beachgoers release offerings into the sea before midnight, such as flowers, candles, or a written wish. Since seven is a lucky number, there’s also the tradition on New Year’s Eve to jump over seven waves while facing the ocean. Continue to face the sea as you return to land.

When traveling internationally to spend New Year’s in Brazil, you won’t be left disconnected from the other people you care about. Today’s technology makes it easy to share the cheer of 2019 with loved ones back home. With Ooma’s free calling app, account holders can make free calls to the United States while they’re travelling in Brazil.

So, call your mom to wish her a “Happy New Year,” and reach out to loved ones to share the celebration of ushering in 2019 in Rio.

Best Way to Call the United States from Brazil

Ooma VoIP phone service is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to make international phone calls.

The low-cost phone service starts with the Ooma Telo hardware for a one-time purchase of $99.99. Then, the monthly rate for Basic Service is only the taxes and fees. That means you’ll get unlimited calling within the United States for about $4 to $7 per month, depending on your location.

There’s also the option to upgrade to Premier Service to access advanced calling tools such as expanded call blocking and free calling to Canada and Mexico.

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All customers have access to Ooma’s free calling app, which provides access to your Ooma home phone service right from your mobile device. With the app, you’ll have the same service whether you’re traveling internationally to Brazil or are down the street from your home. This means that during your international travels, you have unlimited calling to U.S. phone numbers at no additional cost.

Subscribers to Ooma Premier have access to additional app functionality including the ability to receive inbound calls on the app as well as make outbound calls.

Calls made from within the Ooma app won’t count towards your cellular plan’s minutes. Keep in mind that because calls are transmitted over the internet, connecting to Wi-Fi can help you avoid international data charges through your cellular provider.

Using Ooma to Place International Calls to Brazil

Using Ooma to place calls to phone numbers in Brazil gives you access to international calling rates that are significantly cheaper than rates through traditional providers. Plus, Ooma’s low rates are available whether you’re using Ooma phone service at home or you’re using the Ooma mobile app.

When making international calls to Brazil, per-minute rates are just 3.4 to 6.4 cents when calling landlines. Calling mobile phone numbers in Brazil costs 13.9 cents per minute.

With these affordable per-minute rates, you can easily make reservation calls before your trip to Brazil, and while in Rio, you’ll be able to seamlessly coordinate travel details.

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Unlimited Calls to Brazil

With Ooma, it’s easy to streamline your international calling with a flat rate global plan that offers unlimited international calls to select locations.

For just $9.99 per month for the first 12 months, the Ooma World Plan provides unlimited minutes to landlines in over 60 countries and mobile phones is over 10 countries. Included in this plan is unlimited calling to all of Brazil’s landline phone numbers.

The Ooma World Plus Plan provides even wider global access, including unlimited minutes to Brazil’s landlines and mobile phone numbers. For only $25.99 per month, the plan provides unlimited calls to landlines in over 70 countries and to mobile phones in over 40 countries, giving your wide-reaching global access.

Learn more about how international calling and residential VoIP is a smart choice for staying connected to global contacts or when traveling internationally.

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