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Post by Thaiclan » Tue, 23 Mar 2010 8:36 am

I have erratic reception on my mobile phones where I live. I have used both Singtel and Starhub but daily I get switched to roaming as it picks up the Indonesian service. Also the reception wavers frequently especially after a duration longer than 15 or 20 minutes.
I was thinking of getting a landline but as I researched further Im wondering if setting up Voip would be cheaper (I make mostly overseas calls).
Does anyone here use Voip and could recommend or dissuade me from a particular provider or hardware used.
I think is fantastic but again that relies on my mobile phone having reception so unless I could use different hardware with that...? Does anyone here know?

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Post by x9200 » Tue, 23 Mar 2010 9:06 am

We simply use Skype with a skype-phone. We got a skype online No in our country of origin so our friends and family can call us simply calling a local number (charged as per local or intercity call). Service quality and reliability is reasonable and all these costs close to peanuts (with 1-2h a week talktime to Europe).

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 23 Mar 2010 9:41 am


I've been doing exactly the same for almost 3 years now. Have a local number in my home county so both of my parents can just call me via a local number. I reckon it's the best thing since sliced cheese considering we rack up a minimum of 3 or more hours a week. (Skype's fair usage for unlimited calls is 10,000 minutes/month or well over 6 hours/day)

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Post by durain » Tue, 23 Mar 2010 6:40 pm

VoIP is the way to go if you are calling international a lot. some VoIP company will even give you a landline number.

also, have a look at a VoIP phone adaptor such as the linksys PAP2T so that you dont have to leave the computer ON all the time to receive calls (doesnt applies to PC to PC call such as msn, icq, etc).

my wireless router has VoIP phone adaptor, so all i need is to pick up the fone and dial the number.

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Post by shalamazoo » Sun, 28 Mar 2010 4:55 pm

i use a call back service "Hoiio"

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Post by Strong Eagle » Sun, 28 Mar 2010 9:40 pm

Skype be gude! And, on an iPhone, load the Skype app, connect to wireless, and talk super cheap.

Costs S$0.03 per minute to talk to US and most other places. Costs me US$ 40 per year for a local phone number in Houston so people can call me.

Occasional glitches with call quality... and many, many hours of business and personal calls that are flawless.

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