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AO Gold Member
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: The Beautiful UK
Avoiding phone charges
So over the years I've tried endless Apps that claim to have made calling overseas free by using IP tunnelling/VOIP or some other bit of faff that uses the internet for calls/video calls for free (or at least no more than the cost of the ISP you are already paying).
Looking at my phone now I can see:
WhatsApp voice calling
And if I look in the Appstore I can find another handful (Viber, HiTalk etc)
And yet to date, after several years of trying them all, none of them are my choice of service to use when I need to speak to someone overseas.
I don't usually tend to have casual chats for long periods over the phone - I tend to use the phone when I need to speak to someone. Now. And usually with a definite reason to need to do so.
With all these services I am endlessly frustrated by either not having contact details/account names right, not having good enough coverage to get a connection, not having enough coverage to actually hold a proper conversation that doesn't cut out/hang up or just deteriorate over the course of a 2 minute chat to need to call back.
And when I do call back - I just use the normal phone service and pay the money. And 99 times out 100 that normal phone service is reliable and usable.
I guess it's a case of you get what you pay for - but in all honesty I don't know why they are so poor. The internet service that I use seems to keep everything else working quickly and accurately and seems able to stream video and other content quite happily from servers that are usually overseas - but reliable transmission of basic speech (I'm not interested really in video calls) seems beyond their capability most of the time.
Is it just me? Do other people make use of Skype, WhatsApp Voice Calls etc with no apparent issues?
(This is ****ing me off at the moment as MrsDibnah is in New York seeing her dad for valentines day and we've tried Skype and Botim twice this weekend to catch up and both times we've failed miserably to connect/speak for more than 20 seconds at a time - if at all!)