Editorial Note: Vonage provided me with iTunes credit for test calls, and is also providing the Apple Gift Card valid for an iPad 2 (or other Apple products) to give away to our readers.

Did that headline get your attention? Good, but you’ll have to read through the rest of this post to get to the contest details.

At many schools, more than 50% of students spend at least a semester abroad. If you’ve been on campus long enough, you’ve undoubtedly tried it yourself, or had a good friend who did. Now a new app from Vonage promises to make it easy to catch up with your friends.

Time to Call, a free app available for all iOS devices (and Android in the future), allows you to make a one-click purchase (Either $.99 or $1.99 in the US, depending on the country you’re calling) for a 15 minute call to pretty much anywhere. There’s no account to sign up for, and no credit card information to enter. The entire process is handled by Apple’s In-App Purchase system, so all of your billing information is already filled out. As an added bonus, your first call is free.

While you can use your Apple device to call out to any phone number (including landlines), the app doesn’t accept incoming calls, which is a bummer. Also, while unused minutes roll over to future calls (for now), those minutes can only be used for the same country or region that they were purchased for.

No, Vonage Time to Call is not a perfect app, nor is it the cheapest way to stay in touch, but it makes the process of calling phones in other countries about as simple as it can ever be, and that may justify the price for many students abroad.

The Contest

Vonage is giving us (and many other blogs) a $700 Apple gift card which will cover the price and taxes of an iPad 2 32GB Wi-Fi, but you can spend it on a MacBook Air, or lots and lots of Magic Trackpads if you wish. They’re even tossing in a $15 iTunes card to let you test out the Time to Call app on your new toy. Here’s how to enter.

  • Like HackCollege on Facebook (Don’t worry, we can’t spy on you)
  • Upload a photo of yourself to hacking college to our wall. Take this to mean whatever you wish. (NOTE – this is a change. Apparently you can’t tag us in your own photos, that only works for certain pages, so just put it on our page instead)
  • Tag HackCollege in the photo

Contest runs through August 22, so get us your most creative collegiate life hack soon!