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Vonage Extensions helps you make calls from your mobile phone using your home Vonage service.

Vonage lets you to extend your home Vonage service to your mobile (can be a cell phone, a home phone, or an office number) by registering it as an extension. If you have Vonage unlimited international calling plan at home, then you can make use of that service from your mobile phone. Once you register your mobile phone as an extension, any call you place from your extensions phone number is free.

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It means you shouldn’t wait until you’re home to call your family and friends in India, you are able to make international calls from your mobile for FREE if you have Vonage World Plan. This service works like a virtual calling card. The call is connected over the Vonage network.

It’s the best value for calling India. All Vonage plans include a Vonage extension.

How to Register an Extensions Number

  1.  Log into your Vonage Account
  2.  Click the Features tab and go to the Extensions section.
  3.  Go to Extension section and Configure.
  4.  Enter your cell phone number (non-Vonage U.S. phone number).
  5.  Set 4 digit PIN
  6.  Click Save
  7.  Your 10-digit special access number is displayed in next screen.

After registering your extension, calling is easy:

  1. Dial the 10-digit special access number from your mobile phone( you can also use the any of the common access numbers listed here).
  2. Enter the PIN
  3. Dial the phone number that you want to call (use 011 + country code for international calls).

Vonage is scheduled to offer Vonage extension app for iPhone and Android devices, which will enable one-touch dialing directly from your contact list.

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Discover Money messenger is a Discover Card service powered by PayPal that allows you to send money for free to just anyone.

  • All you need is the recipient’s e-mail address or cell phone number(recipient can open a new PayPal account if he dosen’t have one)
  • There are no fee for you to send money
  • Person receiving the money doesn’t need to be a Discover Cardmember

for more features of visit Discover/PayPal – Money Messenger or http://www.discovercard.com/SendMoney/

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Do you know you can send money to India via your NRI account ?

Citi Bank Preferred Rupee checking account (savings Account) and Citi NRI Remittance Account (current account) are for NRIs, held in India in rupees allowing fast and secure remittances to India.

Preferred Rupee Checking Account (Savings account)

Citi Bank Rupee Checking Account is premium savings bank account for Non Resident Indians (NRI), money is held in Indian Rupees. Since the Rupee Checking Account is a savings account, you will earn an interest on the balance.

NRI’s can easily remit money from their foreign country to this account from anywhere in the world, online, which can then be operated by family in India, as a Mandatee (the person you authorize to operate the account in India). Your family member can withdraw money, shop or pay bills.

Interest Bearing Preferred Rupee Checking Account can be opened by NRI’s and Indians travelling abroad on work with a valid passport and a valid H1/L1/J1/H1-B visa . Preferred Rupee Checking Account can either be an NRO or NRE Account.

Account Features:

  • Competitive foreign exchange rates on inward remittances
  • Fast and easy money transfer
  • ATM/debit card for the holder’s family in India
  • Open with an initial deposit of an amount equivalent to 5,000 USD.

Citi NRI Remittance Account (Current account)

Citi NRI Remittance Account is a non-interest bearing current account, held in Indian rupees allowing fast and secure remittances to India.

NRI’s can easily remit money from their foreign country to this account from anywhere in the world, online, which can then be operated by family in India, as a Mandatee (the person you authorize to operate the account in India). Your family member can withdraw money, shop or pay bills.

Citi NRI Remittance Account can be opened by NRI’s and Indians travelling abroad on work with a valid passport and a valid H1/L1/J1/H1-B visa . Citi NRI Remittance Account can either be an NRO or NRE Account.

Account Features:

  • Competitive foreign exchange rates on inward remittances
  • Fast and easy money transfer
  • ATM/debit card for the holder’s family in India
  • Open with an initial deposit of an amount equivalent to Rs. 10,000

Here’s more info on Citi NRI Accounts.

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Here is the link to Currency Exchange Rate Calculator provided by Western Union Business Solutions.

Western Union Business Solutions allows you to manage and execute foreign currency transactions from your office.

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Interest on the NRE and FNCR account is non-taxable (exempted from tax) in India. However, interest earned on the NRO account is taxable as per Indian taxation guidelines.

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Under FEMA guidelines, here are the Investment facilities for NRIs on repatriation and non-repatriation basis. Also checkout the available banking Tax Benefits available to an NRI.

NRI Investments on repatriation basis

  • Government dated securities / Treasury bills
  • Units of domestic mutual funds;
  • Bonds issued by a public sector undertaking (PSU) in India.
  • Non-convertible debentures of a company incorporated in India.
  • Perpetual debt instruments and debt capital instruments issued by banks in India.
  • Shares in Public Sector Enterprises being dis-invested by the Government of India, provided the purchase is in accordance with the terms and conditions stipulated in the notice inviting bids.
  • Shares and convertible debentures of Indian companies under the FDI scheme (including automatic route & FIPB), subject to the terms and conditions specified.
  • Shares and convertible debentures of Indian companies through stock exchange under Portfolio Investment Scheme, subject to the terms and conditions specified.

Other NRI Investments on non-repatriation basis

  • Government dated securities / Treasury bills
  • Units of domestic mutual funds
  • Units of Money Market Mutual Funds
  • National Plan/Savings Certificates
  • Non-convertible debentures of a company incorporated in India
  • Shares and convertible debentures of Indian companies through stock exchange under Portfolio Investment Scheme, subject to the terms and conditions specified.
  • Exchange traded derivative contracts approved by the SEBI, from time to time, out of INR funds held in India on non-repatriable basis, subject to the limits prescribed by the SEBI.

[Source : Reserve Bank of India – Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) guidelines]

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