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Apps for calling overseas?

Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 3:37 pm
by Wd40
I was a Singtel prepaid user for a long time and I always used Hot 128 recharge which comes with overseas talktime.

Now that I am a postpaid user I am wondering what cheap options are available to call overseas(in my case specifically India)

I know apps like skype allow calling from Internet to mobile phones/landlines.

I just downloaded an app called Voxofon that gave some free credit for 1st time and the call quality was pretty good.I looked at their pricing and it was like 2.5c per min, that pretty cheap. I am considering using apps like these for my overseas calling needs. Any thoughts?

Re: Apps for calling overseas?

Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 3:48 pm
by midlet2013
Make your family call you instead of you calling them :)

Altho, u can try MobileVoip . Works on smartphone as well as computer. Though, the quality nowadays is not as good as I would like it to be.
Wd40 wrote:I was a Singtel prepaid user for a long time and I always used Hot 128 recharge which comes with overseas talktime.

Now that I am a postpaid user I am wondering what cheap options are available to call overseas(in my case specifically India)

I know apps like skype allow calling from Internet to mobile phones/landlines.

I just downloaded an app called Voxofon that gave some free credit for 1st time and the call quality was pretty good.I looked at their pricing and it was like 2.5c per min, that pretty cheap. I am considering using apps like these for my overseas calling needs. Any thoughts?

Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 4:19 pm
by rajagainstthemachine
whats wrong with buying a 10$ singtel calling card or buying skype credits? :-|

Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 4:26 pm
by Wd40
Didn't know about Singtel calling card. What are the call rates?

I am considering skype, just wanted to know other options.

Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 4:38 pm
by rajagainstthemachine
Wd40 wrote:Didn't know about Singtel calling card. What are the call rates?

I am considering skype, just wanted to know other options.
10$ on singtel calling card gives roughly 10 hrs hours of talk time to India

https://icclink.singtel.com/ratescheck/ ... e_type=con

Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 6:26 pm
by bgd
You could do app to app calls for free, e.g. Viber, Skype, etc. but the other party will also need a smart phone or computer with the app.

Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 7:14 pm
by ecureilx
Wd40 wrote:Didn't know about Singtel calling card. What are the call rates?

I am considering skype, just wanted to know other options.
singtel calling card is called Singtel World card I believe

if you buy In little India area all card sell below cost, so to say, so a 10$ card will sell for 9$ or so

try also Phoenix calling card

Skype free works fine even with lower bandwidth, if call isn't clear call at a different time ;)

PS, edited, Singtel card is Called hello card, as per RATM's link ;)

Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 7:27 pm
by Aragorn2000
Starhub home connect, option 3? Good quality and pretty cheap.

Posted: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 6:23 am
by Max Headroom
My experience with the Singtel card is pretty miserable. Mind you that's to Europe and years ago; perhaps it's better now.

I used to use Skype, but found it too inconsistent and it also slowed up my pc. So I chucked it. Again though, that was 7 years ago ish.

I now use the BIP card. Good quality and lots of bang for your buck. You get the occasional dickie card, but by and large, this is a great overseas option, albeit it untested to India. Worth a try I reckon, especially since it's priced at $10, but they'll give it to you at $8.50 if you press a bit. That's for 10 hours of phone time. Actually 11, because you get 1 bonus hour.












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Posted: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 9:52 am
by Wd40
Thanks guys, lots of options to try. But from what all the comments it appears the good old calling card way is still preferred compared to apps like Skype, Viber Out, Vonage etc

Posted: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 11:07 am
by Strong Eagle
Wd40 wrote:Thanks guys, lots of options to try. But from what all the comments it appears the good old calling card way is still preferred compared to apps like Skype, Viber Out, Vonage etc
Wrong... much better calling prices with Skype than any calling card.

Posted: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 11:41 am
by ecureilx
Wd40 wrote:Thanks guys, lots of options to try. But from what all the comments it appears the good old calling card way is still preferred compared to apps like Skype, Viber Out, Vonage etc
the trick is, since almost all use VOIP, try at different times

avoid regular peak like weekends

the 100,000 people heading to Little India, Orchard, Golden Mile and Peninsula make a lot of calls on their off day = congestion ..

the 150x post paid I used had rates not attractive at times but worked fine during weekends as i understood their counterparts had dedicated E1/bandwidth

Posted: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 12:00 pm
by zzm9980
Strong Eagle wrote:
Wd40 wrote:Thanks guys, lots of options to try. But from what all the comments it appears the good old calling card way is still preferred compared to apps like Skype, Viber Out, Vonage etc
Wrong... much better calling prices with Skype than any calling card.
And better than Skype, Google Voice. It's generally much lower than the competitors.

To use the example of India, as we know that is the only country that exists in WD40's universe outside of Tampines:
1cent per minute on GV (pay as you go)
1.5cent per minute on Skype (pay as you go)

Skype isn't cheaper unless you buy your time in blocks of 2500 minutes which expire monthly. And even then, it's only .8 cents per minute.

All USD, not SGD.

Posted: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 12:03 pm
by zzm9980
And one more, since we all know WD40 has a cousin in Australia:

GV pay as you go to Australian mobiles: 7 cents per minute to mobiles.
Skype is 8.9 cent "connection fee", then 10 cents per minute to mobiles.

Posted: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 9:50 pm
by aster
Might be worth checking if Skype is still ripping people off depending on their IP address. I still recall getting much lower call rates by simply connecting to a UK VPN...