Indian Americans spend seven minutes a day calling home

July 31st, 2008 - 10:53 am ICT by IANS  


New York, July 31 (IANS) Indian Americans make calls to their families and friends back home for an average of three and a half hours in a month, more often on their mobile phones, the first ever study on their international communication habits has found. The top five US cities from where calls to India originate are Princeton in New Jersey, San Francisco, Chicago, New York City and Dallas, says a statement from Rebtel, a global calling service for individuals and business based in Stockholm, which carried out the study.

The top five most-called Indian cities are Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Bangalore. Kolkata and New Delhi come lower down the order.

The study is based on Rebtel’s calling volume from January to July this year.

The firm found more callers use cell phones than landlines for the 210 minutes a month they spend talking to India on an average, which works out to seven minutes a day.

Sunday, when the call rates are lower, is the most popular day for the Indian Americans call home.

The study concludes that more Indian Americans are calling India more often due to lower costs, call quality improvements and cell phone access.

“Low rates combined with the most reliable and clear connections are driving the increase in international calling to India,” Rebtel chief executive Hjalmar Winbladh said in the statement.

Rebtel was recently ranked No 1 in international calling by Technology Appraisals, an independent market research and publishing company based in London.

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