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Options for long duration calls to US number

Postby wannamove » Tue, 11 Oct 2011 6:41 pm

During the 3 weeks I will be transitioning to Singapore, I will be working from home and will be on my employer's North America payroll. I usually get on calls which run 3-4 hours at a time. They are to US numbers or US toll free numbers. What are the best options to call from Singapore to these numbers?

I am considering attempting Skype and Vonage. But is there any cell phone plan that provides unlimited US minutes? All these calls will usually be after 9pm Singapore time.

Any help is appreciated

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Postby nakatago » Tue, 11 Oct 2011 7:33 pm

Not sure about phone plans but you may want to look into Google Voice.

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Postby wannamove » Tue, 11 Oct 2011 8:35 pm

nakatago wrote:Not sure about phone plans but you may want to look into Google Voice.


Thanks for the suggestion. I totally forgot about Google voice. Will look into that also.

But I still hoping I can get a good mobile phone plan - anyone has any ideas?

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Postby ecureilx » Tue, 11 Oct 2011 9:32 pm

wannamove wrote:
nakatago wrote:Not sure about phone plans but you may want to look into Google Voice.


Thanks for the suggestion. I totally forgot about Google voice. Will look into that also.

But I still hoping I can get a good mobile phone plan - anyone has any ideas?


the three telcos here are, in one way or other, connected to the govt, or connected to companies owned by the GIC and so .. and are 'competing' with each other .. and their rates are competitive .. if you get a plan ..

You can compare yourself, but .. from my experience, each have their pluses and minuses

One claims best coverage, and another gives free calls to Malaysia, and another, well, gives cheaper phones and what not ...

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Postby x9200 » Tue, 11 Oct 2011 9:39 pm

What is acceptable price for you? I may be wrong but roughly recall a number of IDD services rating the calls in the range of cents per minutes or even better. Just check out what the 3 main providers have to offer, ie.:
http://www.starhub.com/promotions/voice ... tions.html

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Postby seventy9 » Wed, 12 Oct 2011 12:53 am

nakatago wrote:Not sure about phone plans but you may want to look into Google Voice.


I second google voice. I work with a lot of overseas collaborators (time differences are killing me). Google voice is much better than skype in that you can get a US number which your US counter parts can call. The number then forwards to your gchat/gmail. You can make and receive US calls for free.

I've also set up the OBI 110 (check amazon) for my parents which is a device that uses google voice and you can hook up a traditional phone to talk like a landline.

of course, both require internet connection.

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Postby x9200 » Wed, 12 Oct 2011 8:09 am

seventy9 wrote:Google voice is much better than skype in that you can get a US number which your US counter parts can call. The number then forwards to your gchat/gmail. You can make and receive US calls for free.

This is exactly what also Skype does for a few good years already so Google just copied the idea.

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Postby nakatago » Wed, 12 Oct 2011 8:30 am

x9200 wrote:
seventy9 wrote:Google voice is much better than skype in that you can get a US number which your US counter parts can call. The number then forwards to your gchat/gmail. You can make and receive US calls for free.

This is exactly what also Skype does for a few good years already so Google just copied the idea.


I wasn't aware that Skype did that during the early years. Aren't they a UK company?

Anyway, having options is good.


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