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Topic # 115225 18-Mar-2013 15:28
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Hi All

I am looking at using Skype or Viber for voice only calls on my cellphone. The majority of my calls would be on the cellphone  data network.

Does anybody know what sort of traffic the calls generate, so I can work out roughly how much the calls will cost and which of the 2 services would be the leat expensive?

Cheers Paul.

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  Reply # 783502 18-Mar-2013 15:35
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If this over the 3G network then don't bother to be honest as call quality would be rubbish most of the times due to various reasons. (latency, cell tower, handovers etc)




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  Reply # 783505 18-Mar-2013 15:45
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Yes I realise that. What I want to know is how much data I use to make the calls.

Cheers Paul.

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  Reply # 783507 18-Mar-2013 15:47
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Very hard to answer as both use an adaptive codec, and the amount of data consumed will entirely depend on conditions - eg. a faster connection = more bandwidth used.

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  Reply # 783521 18-Mar-2013 15:58
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  Reply # 784179 20-Mar-2013 03:29
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There’s a great ebook report that details the data usage (and other phone resources) of the Skype and Viber mobile apps from extensive testing. Search on Amazon Kindle for ‘Skype vs Viber: are VOIP mobile apps viable alternatives to cellular calls?’

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  Reply # 784538 20-Mar-2013 15:37
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I would hazard a guess and say that you will find both of them rubbish unless you are on LTE which is currently only in the middle of Auckland.

Latency is just too hit and miss on 3G around the rest of the country to guarantee good call quality.

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  Reply # 786200 24-Mar-2013 09:59
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I just want to mention my experience of using 3G for (voice) Skype calls - I have been extremely impressed. Multiple posts in this thread point to how it shouldn't work well, and I understand the reasons for this. However, I use Skype regularly for international calls (often 1Hr +) on 3G and all have worked well. Across the South Island, mainly Christchurch.
Not sure on data use as I have a big bundle that I don't get close to using, so don't bother checking.

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  Reply # 786214 24-Mar-2013 10:07
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phrozenpenguin: I just want to mention my experience of using 3G for (voice) Skype calls - I have been extremely impressed. Multiple posts in this thread point to how it shouldn't work well, and I understand the reasons for this. However, I use Skype regularly for international calls (often 1Hr +) on 3G and all have worked well. Across the South Island, mainly Christchurch.
Not sure on data use as I have a big bundle that I don't get close to using, so don't bother checking.


Same here. I have also used it for video calling to family in the uk on my iphone whilst driving (my wife was driving, not me) and it has worked fine

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