Free/cheap phone calls from around the world

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  1. briangraves

    briangraves Read Only Funster

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    I have just come across this page from BT (see below) and it seems if you are with BT and have an Iphone you can use it to call from anywhere in the world and get charged the normal cost as if you are phoning from you landline. If you have an inclusive bundles package the calls are included which means they could be free. All you have to do is download the BT SmartTalk app from the itunes store. The calls are best made over WIFI otherwise you pay data charges to your mobile company.
    This is the link to the BT page explaining it in full.

    PS. It seems it is also available for Android phones from the Google Play website.
     
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    No link showing :Doh:
     
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    Is this any different from VOIP services such as Skyp, Vonage, Facetime etc ?

    Wyn
     
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    Is this any different from VOIP services such as Skyp

    Re: Is this any different from VOIP services such as Skype ........

    I don't suppose so but as I am a BT customer and have free access to their WIFI network through BTfon and hotspots around the world it just seems too good a service not to have with me. It also means I can now use my mobile from home if the home phone is busy but the call will still be treated as a call from my landline.
     
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    It is pretty much the same as other VoIP systems and also jajah ..

    Will take a closer gander to see exactly whats what..

    BT have a very nasty obnoxious habit of selling other people's products ( that they get for free the same as everyone else ) as something special.
     
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    Yup... They are pretty much at it again with this so called great offer.

    Apart from the bt hot spots ( which has been around for years now ) it is what anyone can do and at either the same cost or maybe even more as Skype and several other VoIP systems...

    Jeez.. I really hate BT and their constant promotions of stuff they say THEY are doing for THEIR customers, when it is absolutely nothing special and often more expensive ( by a long chalk ! ) than many other options.. BT bring petty theft to a new level ( purely my personal opinion based on personal experiences you understand ) .....
     
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    Never mind Brian. Nice try, but everything gets put under the microscope in here, especially in the winter when FUN is in short supply.

    You could post "What a grand day" and you'll soon get back "Not here it isn't".

    All part of FUN.
     
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    Never mind Brian. Nice try

    Not sure what you mean by nice try. If you think I have anything to do with BT other than being a customer then that is wrong.
    If there are better ways to phone for nothing when I am on my travels then I am all ears.

    I have looked at Skype and others but to talk to people on their telephone all seems to cost money.

    Sorry if I have offended anyone.
     
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    You didn't offend anyone Brian, thanks for sharing the link. Very useful for BT customers :thumb:
     
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    This looks pretty good to me.

    It's different to Skype which needs both parties to be in a wifi zone. This allows you to call uk numbers not Skype addresses.

    is there a catch?
     
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    BT Smartalk

    Hi Brian

    Thank you for the link.

    I am not aware that you can with Skype, Vonage or any other system, if connected to wifi use your mobile to phone any UK landline say from Spain or Australia free. The only restriction is it has to be when your BT home deal is free calls.

    BT Smartalk does not allow International or premium rate but does allow you to have up to 5 phones associated with your account so our family can call us free whilst abroad.

    Seems good and very convenient to me.

    Thanks again as every bit of information that makes life more convenient and cheaper is welcome. Maybe some that are less than enthusiastic about your suggestion are not with BT.

    Doug
     
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    Hi Brian & :welcome: to the "Fun".
    Thanks for the heads-up with the link, I have registered the app on my phone and will do Joyce's today and look forward to giving it a try. :thumb:

    One of the best points of the app is that you can call 0800, 0845 numbers for free from your mobile, as being charged by network operators for this service has always annoyed me.

    Brian
     
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    BT SmartTalk

    I am pleased some of you have found the link helpful. I thought "JAWS" knew of a better option or could see some nasty catch BT had hidden in the app.

    Finally I am no fan of BT. I am with them because as a frequent traveller I use their free wifi hotspots network . Asked for my MAC number in December as I decided to go with O2 and their "The All Rounder" package. BT matched the offer and i went for the Option 2 package down to £10.65 a month plus line rental. Just shows you that BT like most other companies will try and squeeze as much as they can from you unless you haggle.

    Better get over to the introductions section and introduce myself properly before more of you think I am BT salesman :Smile:
     
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    Wish there was an app for android phones! :Sad:
     
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    Hi Brian,
    I think you should take a gander at the terms and conditions :Wink:
    It says you are charged ( on your home fone bill ) for calls made...
    So not quite as free as it looks to start with with :Sad:

    I Have highlighted the bit that makes reference to it:

     
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    Nice find, Brian. Thanks for that, it's going to come in very handy.

    :Cool:
     
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    There is! I got it on my Android.

    Just go to Play store and look for BT SmartTalk
     
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    But free if you are already on a BT inclusive package.

    I agree that you would be charged if you are not an inclusive package with BT.

    As I have free calls evenings and weekends I felt that anyone else with this type of package should not miss this app. Others have pointed out further benefits to me that I had not picked up on. For me a good forum is about sharing what you find and letting others investigate to see if it fits their needs.
    Remember folks that the free evenings are 7.00pm to 7.00am UK time and not european so you will need to wait until 8.00pm when over the water.

    Happy travels
    Brian
     
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    I was apologising for the reception you got to a decent idea. Almost your first post and you got jumped on.

    But as I said, badly it seems, any ideas can have a hard time on here, don't be put off, which I see from FUNSTER status ( wear it with pride ) you haven't been put off.
     
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