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Cheap mobile calls

Post by fanavolty » Mon, 05 Jan 2009 10:25 pm

Hello everyone, my daughter is going to live in singapore for a few months with her dad.She will use skype to phone the U.K sometimes but she also wants to use a mobile to make and receive calls and texts.At the moment she is with O 2 and if she uses this sim it will cost a fortune.What is the best thing to do to enable her to keep in touch with friends in the U.K cheaply?

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Post by durain » Mon, 05 Jan 2009 10:57 pm

1. ask her friends not to fone her o2 mobile but text instead. receiving text is free when roaming. if they want to fone her, fone the landline.

2. get a local pre-paid sim so that people can fone her. it is cheaper to fone her local pre-paid from the UK (but dont use BT! use 3rd party telco or VoIP) than her o2 with the roaming rates.

3. also with some pre-paid (starhub and singtel), her friends can text her for free using the internet.

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Post by * Eva * » Mon, 09 Feb 2009 11:42 pm

I don't know about sms', but we use the 1511 service for international voice calls on our mobile and home phones. Just sign up then dial it before the number you're calling and you get a lower rate. I'm sure there are competitors to this so you could search around for the best rate.

Doesn't skype offer a mobile phone service? I seem to recall a friend purchasing a "skype phone" in the US...

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Post by shockcake » Tue, 10 Feb 2009 11:35 am

durain wrote:3. also with some pre-paid (starhub and singtel), her friends can text her for free using the internet.
SingTel's web sms is a pain as it requires registration. StarHub's web sms is the easiest for her friends to text her for free using the following url:

If you want to read more about Starhub's prepaid mobile service (GREEN Prepaid) and its charges, you can refer to the following page: ... 425a0aRCRD

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