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#204787 17-Oct-2016 20:53
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Been using EasyCall for international calls for ages. Simple, handy, good voice quality.

Sad to see Spark to close all their phone cards next year.

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  #1652601 18-Oct-2016 00:37
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I had no idea calling cards were even still a thing. How bizarre.

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  #1652619 18-Oct-2016 07:09
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Yabba is closing as well, another Spark Calling Card


My wife has been using Easycall to call her relatives in Thailand on mobile phones for a long time.


At 4 cents a minute it was great.


Gradually the relatives are getting smartphones and getting access to wifi (where free) so they are starting to use the LINE app which is free for LINE-LINE calls.


Only one sister to go LOL


She also uses the Vodafone Fantastic Friday deals, the current one is 600 minutes for 7 days at $0.00

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  #1652621 18-Oct-2016 07:23
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You would probably use a VoIP app for your smartphone now days to achieve the same results.


The thing about those cards, is a LOT of people never use up all the credit. So they will buy one for lets say $20 then only use it once or twice and perhaps only make $10 worth of calls. So you are technically better off using a VoIP service, since you only pay for what you use. Rates are similar regardless.

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  #1652622 18-Oct-2016 07:27
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I had no idea calling cards were even still a thing. How bizarre.





They are still a thing because of inertia. The mass movement to voip for cheap rates at home simply never happened, and now it's 'Voip from the core' by spark and voda, the retail plans arent any cheaper. Voda still tries to charge me horrendous sums to call overseas, and I always bypass it with alternatives because I've gone through the process of setting up services etc




FOr many people it's simply not an option, and calling cards remained a dead simple, cheaper way to call.










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  #1653170 18-Oct-2016 21:02
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I use both EasyCall and Skype. EasyCall offers better voice quality. Skype is not quite stable, especially when on cellphone.

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