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Best iPhone app for making international calls (VoIP)?

Postby aster » Wed, 08 Feb 2012 10:50 am

I use Skype on my iPhone and am very happy with it.

Is there a better program for calling/texting or is Skype the best one out there? I'm not interesting in saving a penny here or there, so no recommendations just because something is slightly cheaper please. If there's anything out there that's better in terms of functionality/quality/etc. then I'm all ears...

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Postby nakatago » Wed, 08 Feb 2012 11:00 am

You may wanna look into Viber. I have it on Android but I haven't tried having a conversation through it.

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Postby nutnut » Wed, 08 Feb 2012 1:29 pm

I have tried Viber on iphone and it's ok, but I prefer Skype on iphone and ipad because I can use it on that and my PC all seemlessly.

I use Skype as a primary resource for my work.
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Postby zzm9980 » Wed, 08 Feb 2012 3:17 pm

Skype to Skype is the best quality I've found. But most of the quality will depend on the quality of either end's internet connection.

I don't know of anyone who uses a different app except to save money to real phones, and then the recommended app will usually vary by which country they're calling.

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Postby aster » Wed, 08 Feb 2012 8:12 pm

Does Viper just do Viper>>>Viper calls?

I need to call landlines and mobiles around the world, sometimes buy a subscription to a certain country for a month, etc. Being able to call and have it display my mobile number is a great addition too.

Seems like Skype is pretty much in a league of its own here, or do they have any *real* competition out there?

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Postby zzm9980 » Wed, 08 Feb 2012 9:28 pm

aster wrote:Seems like Skype is pretty much in a league of its own here, or do they have any *real* competition out there?


Quality wise, Skype is way up there for what you want. However, their prices to call other phones is very high compared to the competition. Just to use the example of Vietnam, Skype is 4x as much per minute as Google, and 5x as much as LocalPhone,unless you buy some obscene amount of minutes per month in bulk. And even then, the per minute rate is still a few cents higher than the other guys.

If you care at all about per minute rates, maybe a combination of Skype and http://www.localphone.com/ would be your best bet.

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Postby aster » Thu, 09 Feb 2012 11:09 am

Good tip with Localphone, they seem to be very similar to Skype, especially with the possibility of using both you phone or computer to make calls. Also useful is the feature to call using a local access number instead of wifi/3G.

There is also a local company called Hoiio but their rates to some countries are more expensive than Skype, like 4c/min. to Australia.


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