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hotkiwi

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#31565 22-Mar-2009 16:43
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This programme looks quite amazing and many Europeans use it for oversease calls (www.voipstunt.com). After setting up an account with 10 Euro's you can simply key in the overseas number you want to call and the VOIPstung programme makes your regular homephoen and the overseas phone run at the same time and connection (good quality) is established. the rate seems to be only 5 eurocents starting fee, with 300 minutes per week free.
Anybody experience with this or would Skype be a better option. how does it go with international mobile traffic?
thanks
Johan

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mruane
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  #202858 23-Mar-2009 18:52
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I think this outfit are another reseller for gmbh betamax like www.voiparound.com and others. The 300 minutes lasts for 90 days I think then you have to make a deposit to your account to get another 300 minutes. Once you are out of free minutes you pay by the minute and at today's exchange rates those calls are not cheap.

To be frank, one of the better NZ deals around (to my mind) is the 2Talk option. For $15/month you get 500 minutes of calling every month to most (mainstream) places and NZ mobiles for 25c/minute plus an incoming local number! if you don't need an incoming number you can get a free 028 number.  You can always suppliment that with a remote number in another overseas city for $US35/year using GIZMO5. 

Prior to the currency exchange madness these overseas SIP providers where good value, today you need to reassess it and do your numbers.

Cheers Mike 


kiwiscoota
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  #202864 23-Mar-2009 19:07
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mruane:

To be frank, one of the better NZ deals around (to my mind) is the 2Talk option. For $15/month you get 500 minutes of calling every month to most (mainstream) places and NZ mobiles for 25c/minute plus an incoming local number! if you don't need an incoming number you can get a free 028 number.  You can always suppliment that with a remote number in another overseas city for $US35/year using GIZMO5. 

Prior to the currency exchange madness these overseas SIP providers where good value, today you need to reassess it and do your numbers.

Cheers Mike 



I did a lot of rate comparisons before selecting 2Talk,  they have a great list of countries you can call using the "free minutes" and in some countries that includes mobiles, for example Hong Kong & Germany includes both landlines & mobiles.


In my case I opted for a basic business service which provides me with 2 NZ numbers and 2000 minutes of included call time to large list of countries for a $35.00 per month.


alig
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  #203338 25-Mar-2009 21:39
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I've been using Betamax services (voipbuster, freecall, etc) from Auckland for over 3 years. The cheapest Voip provider for our destinations (Russia, Australia, Europe). Quality is good either. Supports SIP hardware (I'm using Dynalink RTA1046WV). Though I have to use Voxalot as well (technical limitations of Betamax' SIP) Anyway we are quite satisfied so far.



kobiak
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  #203343 25-Mar-2009 21:48
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alig: I've been using Betamax services (voipbuster, freecall, etc) from Auckland for over 3 years. The cheapest Voip provider for our destinations (Russia, Australia, Europe). Quality is good either. Supports SIP hardware (I'm using Dynalink RTA1046WV). Though I have to use Voxalot as well (technical limitations of Betamax' SIP) Anyway we are quite satisfied so far.


 


+1 using it for 3 years now with different resellers. cheap and great quality. I'm using direct calling and PC to Land Line.





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d3Xt3r
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  #204248 30-Mar-2009 17:25
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VoipStunt is no longer the cheapest around. It is reliable, and the quality is good like most BetaMax services, but there are cheaper and better ones out there. I've personally used and liked

Nonoh - Possibly the most popular phone-2-phone provider. Has freedays too. Get this if you need to call any of the free countries (like Australia). Decent support.

Localphone - Generates a local NZ number for each of your overseas contacts! Once set up, you don't need a computer anymore. Just dial your contact as if they were a local resident. Also has a local access number for calling-card like facility. Great support.

Nymgo - Has the best bulk packages. For instance, for just $14.50/month, you can talk for a total of up to 10,000 minutes/month. (America, Europe. Check the website for other packages)

ActionVOIP - Currently, *the* cheapest rates you can get for pay-as-you-go. Unfortunately, doesn't have any freedays, but it's a good choice if you call non-free countries. Support isn't good.

Most providers these days anyways have good voice clarity and stability. Personally, I use Nonoh for the freedays, Localphone for the convenience of calling from anywhere, and ActionVOIP when I have access to a computer for the cheapest rates to non-free-countries.

I suggest you take a look at all the above options and work out which would be more cheaper and convenient for you. Once you choose a service, start by going for the cheapest package to see if it works out okay for you. After your credit expires, before you rush to top it up, do a Google on any new VoIP providers. These days there's atleast one new provider coming out every month with better/different packages, which is why I never buy too much credit!

alig
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#204292 30-Mar-2009 20:13
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Thanks for the tips.
Actionvoip is betamax as well but it's definitely cheaper that their freecall. Will use it when my credit with freecall expires. Nonoh is betamax too. What a tricky marketing.

mruane
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  #204313 30-Mar-2009 21:43
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d3Xt3r: VoipStunt is no longer the cheapest around. It is reliable, and the quality is good like most BetaMax services, but there are cheaper and better ones out there. I've personally used and liked

ActionVOIP - Currently, *the* cheapest rates you can get for pay-as-you-go. Unfortunately, doesn't have any freedays, but it's a good choice if you call non-free countries. Support isn't good.



The ActionVOIP rates are very competitive at .005euro per minute to the US and UK. Have you used them much and if so what is the voice quality like.

Cheers Mike



d3Xt3r
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  #204317 30-Mar-2009 22:07
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^
I've only recently created an account with them, but so far it seems to be pretty decent. Called up a couple landphones and mobiles overseas and it connected really fast and voice clarity was good on both ends. I'm also using it for making local calls from my mobile (while on the move) - its nearly 3 times cheaper than what Vodafone charges!

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