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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 20 Sep 2008 5:55 pm

My Skype suscription allows me unlimited phone calls from/to the use for $5.67/mo. (Unlimited in this case according to "fair usage" rules is capped at 10,000 minutes per month. That's almost 167 hours/month or almost 6 hours a day!

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Postby Cissiboy » Mon, 22 Sep 2008 10:54 am

ok will try to clear things..I'm not doubtful because I'm using regularly voipstunt and all the betamax clients

Download voipstunt and register. It's free.
Now you can call for free landline phones in USA & Canada but limited to 1 min per call.

If you top up with 10$ u will have 120 days in which u can call USA & Canada both landline and mobile phones FOR FREE ! FREE OF CHARGE ! 0$ !!! Zero !

Limitations: 300 minutes x week x IP (but if u change IP every time...)

After 120 days normal rates (very low though) will be applied

I'm using it to call parents in Italy (unfortunately only landline foc) and all the phones here in Singapore..

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Postby Zeenit » Mon, 22 Sep 2008 5:33 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:My Skype suscription allows me unlimited phone calls from/to the use for $5.67/mo. (Unlimited in this case according to "fair usage" rules is capped at 10,000 minutes per month. That's almost 167 hours/month or almost 6 hours a day!


I must be doing something wrong as I tried to buy the unlimited phones call but it asks for English Pounds etc but I cant find an drop down for Sing Dollars. I do not want to use my British credit cards while we here. Please help!!!!

SMS, I will owe you a beer....Saint bailed so he is not allowed to count anymore :roll:
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Postby sierra2469alpha » Mon, 22 Sep 2008 5:43 pm

Zeenit - can't pay Skype in SGD. You can link it to your PayPal and get the $ out of your $SGD account/card, I *THINK*.

Not sure if that helps....P

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 22 Sep 2008 6:05 pm

I just paid the subscription for a year up front a while back when they were having a special which basically gave you 4 free months for an annual subscription. I didn't use a Sgd CC but used my US CC to pay for it (I have both US & SGD accounts linked to PayPal so pay through them (I do a lot of trading on the US eBay site).

So the best thing to do is open a PayPal account and then you can use whichever you want. as PayPal becomes the middleman and you don't have to use your UK cards at all.

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Postby sierra2469alpha » Mon, 22 Sep 2008 9:14 pm

Yeh I think I kind of eluded to that, didn't I? ffs Sorry if I need to spell everything out for grumps these days.

Zeenit - Bear in mind PayPal will charge you a percentage on each transaction, and you won't get the best inter-bank rates on your forex, and you get the usual charges on your credit cards - but when you're talking such low amounts of money, it doesn't matter that much - until it starts to add up!

Suggest you look at how much calling you'll be doing and also, just a suggestion, how many friends might be calling you - sometimes a cost-sharing arrangement might work?? Skype have a business panel where you can add colleagues, friends, etc, and share a bit of the money - although it does all come out of one account.

Just some more food for the mayhem!

HTH, Mr. P

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 22 Sep 2008 11:45 pm

If I'm the "grump" you're referring to, I noticed that Zeenit hadn't indicated that she had a PayPal account. Therefore, I thought it would need a bit more fleshing out for someone without knowledge of PayPal, as I did, and you are so fond of doing yourself. Something about Petard? Hoist by?

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Postby sierra2469alpha » Thu, 25 Sep 2008 7:23 pm

Ahh - free solution. I'll be jumping on the phone right now for that...NOT.

I think Cisco told me that years ago...

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Postby directhit » Mon, 29 Sep 2008 1:34 pm

am using rebtel for some time now - good rates to US (esp if they have free minutes both can talk to each other free) - for India its 8 cents per minute. u get free 10 minutes on registration and if u use this link u get 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for me LOL
https://www.rebtel.com/en/Utility-Pages ... 0248452640 this aint any ad :oops: feel free to remove that link if perceived so

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Postby technobatta » Fri, 03 Oct 2008 7:18 am

I use a product called Hoiio. Go google for it. rates are pretty much in line with Skype too but you can use it on your mobile and can send SMS too

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Postby fling » Thu, 09 Oct 2008 5:19 pm

I was a Skype user but found Onesuite as an alternative for making my long distance/overseas calls. It beats Skype rates on most overseas destinations.

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Postby gif » Thu, 09 Oct 2008 11:14 pm

I'm regularly using Voipcheap, free download and free land calls (at least to Europe) for 90 days after you top up your account 10 euros (+gst makes 12 euros)
It's working fine, and fares to handphones are much cheaper than skype.
In practice I use voipcheap balance for calling hps and exploit the 90 days free for all my landline calls.
Usually my balance lasts something less than 90 days, but I call quite a lot..

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hi

Postby arunice » Fri, 10 Oct 2008 11:05 am

hi

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Postby arunice » Fri, 10 Oct 2008 11:15 am

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