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IDD Callings

Postby joleei » Thu, 03 Jan 2013 5:21 pm

Overseas Calling can be so expensive. Any way to make IDD calls cheaper?

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Postby curiousgeorge » Thu, 03 Jan 2013 8:36 pm

Depends where you want to call.

I use 018 service from Starhub, overseas calls are free to certain landline and mobile numbers, just pay for local minutes (free local minutes if you have them on your plan too!)

I think Singtel has a similar offering.

Or use Skype or Facetime over wifi, both 'free' if you have internet available.

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Postby the lynx » Fri, 04 Jan 2013 9:04 am

curiousgeorge wrote:Depends where you want to call.

I use 018 service from Starhub, overseas calls are free to certain landline and mobile numbers, just pay for local minutes (free local minutes if you have them on your plan too!)

I think Singtel has a similar offering.

Or use Skype or Facetime over wifi, both 'free' if you have internet available.


I agree. Starhub's 018 Free IDD feature is really good! :) Been using it to call home and other countries, and it never failed me.

But oh, the free local minutes will be separated. One would still need to pay the local minutes for those free IDD calls, regardless if s/he has used up the given free local minutes or not.

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Re: IDD Callings

Postby zzm9980 » Fri, 04 Jan 2013 9:12 am

joleei wrote:Overseas Calling can be so expensive. Any way to make IDD calls cheaper?


Where are you calling? That makes all of the difference.

Skype, Viber, Facetime are your best options if both ends have good data connections. Then depending on where you call, the IDD mentioned above. Also look at the calling cards marketed to specific ethnic groups in your local markets. "ChatChat" is cheapest to call Vietnam for example. There are at least a dozen different cards each with different rates to different countries. If the country is a source of maids, buy the card at whatever mall is their ethnic 'ghetto'. Lucky Plaza for Philippines, Golden Mile for Thailand, Peninsula for Myanmar, City Plaza for Indonesia, etc.

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Re: IDD Callings

Postby Brah » Fri, 04 Jan 2013 5:35 pm

I'm still wondering why some people use Viber when Skype has been around forever and is pretty good, and probably better.

My better half has a friend in Malaysia who insists on using it and refuses to use Skype.

She can never complete a conversation on Viber without it cutting out, and the signal quality is terrible.

zzm9980 wrote:Skype, Viber, Facetime are your best options if both ends have good data connections.

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Postby zzm9980 » Fri, 04 Jan 2013 7:36 pm

Brah wrote:I'm still wondering why some people use Viber when Skype has been around forever and is pretty good, and probably better.

My better half has a friend in Malaysia who insists on using it and refuses to use Skype.

She can never complete a conversation on Viber without it cutting out, and the signal quality is terrible.

zzm9980 wrote:Skype, Viber, Facetime are your best options if both ends have good data connections.


Same reason people like WhatsApp instead of any of the more wide-spread IM networks. It just uses your phone number as a login. You install it and it works. No need for a username and password. No idea on the quality, since I rarely use it myself, but i do have it installed. I prefer Facetime for my free calls myself.

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Postby joleei » Thu, 10 Jan 2013 3:15 pm

Even with technology like whatsapp and skype calls, I prefer conversing over the phone but IDD callings are expensive. Ya I heard Starhub is not bad. Any insights on IDD 1516 Phoenix Communication phone cards?

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Re: IDD Callings

Postby joleei » Thu, 10 Jan 2013 3:17 pm

zzm9980 wrote:
joleei wrote:Overseas Calling can be so expensive. Any way to make IDD calls cheaper?


Where are you calling? That makes all of the difference.

Skype, Viber, Facetime are your best options if both ends have good data connections. Then depending on where you call, the IDD mentioned above. Also look at the calling cards marketed to specific ethnic groups in your local markets. "ChatChat" is cheapest to call Vietnam for example. There are at least a dozen different cards each with different rates to different countries. If the country is a source of maids, buy the card at whatever mall is their ethnic 'ghetto'. Lucky Plaza for Philippines, Golden Mile for Thailand, Peninsula for Myanmar, City Plaza for Indonesia, etc.


I often call to Hong Kong, Austraila and China. Any suggestions? I

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Postby Mi Amigo » Thu, 10 Jan 2013 3:23 pm

joleei wrote:IDD Callings

I don't know why, but the extraneous 's' at the end of the topic header made me think of this:

The Fonejacker - Internet Service Providings
Be careful what you wish for

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Postby rajagainstthemachine » Thu, 10 Jan 2013 3:26 pm

joleei wrote:Overseas Calling can be so expensive. Any way to make IDD calls cheaper?


troll account?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 10 Jan 2013 4:55 pm

probably. considering she's posted elsewhere about the same phoenix cards.

Like, tic...toc...tic...toc.... ya'know?


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