In case you didn't already know, Skype offers Unlimited calls to landlines or cell phones with no long-term contract to various locations, depending on which plan you sign up for:

  • Unlimited US & Canada for $2.95/month
  • Unlimited Country for $5.95/month
  • Unlimited World for $12.95/month

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      juan213 Ben's cred: 11
      Posted 12:57 am PDT 08/6/09

      But I don't have number to receive calls from worldwide

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      bbarker Ben's cred: 31
      Posted 1:43 am PDT 08/6/09

      Isn't this just for outgoing calls? Looks like they charge $18 for 3 months or $60 for a full year if you want an incoming regular number.

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      makays Ben's cred: 1
      Posted 5:34 am PDT 08/6/09

      All your long distance calls, US & Canada for $2.95 per month. Not a substitute for a land line, but great money saver for long distance calls.

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      Justanod Ben's cred: 182
      Posted 5:54 am PDT 08/6/09

      I actually bought the magicJack. Suprisingly it seems to be controlled by microchips and circuit boards, not magic. Sound quality is sometimes excellent, sometimes there's a rhythmic clicking like a call waiting sound. It comes with its own phone number and call waiting. You select your area code, and you can plug a regular phone into it. The device plugs into a USB port. It emits a soothing, cerulean blue light. ahh. Computer must be "on" for service.
      With skype, what's the best option for using a regular phone (rj-11)? Do those d-link adapters work? What's the deal with video phoning like Oprah uses?

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      Crazyapple Ben's cred: 7
      Posted 6:23 am PDT 08/6/09

      #2 - yes, though they have 50% off from time to time. I use Skype very heavily and love it, both for work and non-work.

      I've literally saved thousands when I travel. Some areas of the world (British Virgin Islands) use it as much as landlines for business.

      I heart skype.

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      DEguy Ben's cred: 93
      Posted 6:34 am PDT 08/6/09

      Like millions of others, I use Skype for free PC-to-PC calls and it works well. For a while I used EarthCaller for free land line to land line calls initiated from the PC. Unfortunately they are gone now. But I wanted a VoIP land line replacement and, since I make very few calls from my home, after a lot of reading, I decided to try Call Centric's pay-per-minute plan with E911 service. After a few month's trial, I ported my number and made the switch complete. Have been happy with them and my monthly bill is about $6 with far more features than I had from the land line provider.

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      todane Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 7:36 am PDT 08/6/09

      what's the best option for calling mobile in other country?

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      topspin61 Ben's cred: 5
      Posted 7:46 am PDT 08/6/09

      #4: The DLink adaptors work fine, but again require your computer to be on and running the Skype client. (It plugs into your computer via USB on one end, and is RJ-11 on the other.)

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      dd Ben's cred: 90
      Posted 8:02 am PDT 08/6/09

      Calling mobiles in other countries is not cheap because in every other industrialized country in the world (except here and Canada), it's the CALLER who pays to call a mobile.

      Imagine that. A system where the person placing the call actually has to pay for it, instead of eating up the mobile users' minutes.

      There are NO telemarketing calls to mobiles in those countries.

      Skype still seems to be one of the least expensive ways to do it. I pay .27/min to call my son's mobile in London.

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      fallsmatt Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 8:04 am PDT 08/6/09

      I've had great luck with Skype for 5 years now. The best thing I ever got for it was the Ipevo Wifi Skype (Ipevo S0-20). I have had all sorts of Skype phones, and this is by far the best and most useful. I highly recommend it. The voice quality is the best I have ever received from a Skype phone, and its ability to automatically log on to any open WiFi network, as well as any secure one which you have provided a password for, is extremely handy. It is a bit like a WiFi cell phone... as long as you are in steady range of a WiFi signal, you can get on the network, makes calls, and check your voicemails.

      If you are a big traveller, this could save you a small fortune.

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      underdog Ben's cred: 1
      Posted 8:36 am PDT 08/6/09

      Look's like Skype's in trouble. See this Business Week article:

      http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/aug2009/gb2009083_071546.htm


      Quote - "On 28 July, a new SEC filing from eBay stated that "Skype has begun to develop alternative software to that licensed through Joltid".

      The filing contained warnings, however, that the new software development would be expensive, possibly unsuccessful, and "may result in loss of functionality or customers, even if successful". "

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      bboyflashy Ben's cred: 141
      Posted 10:15 am PDT 08/6/09

      i always though skype was free. why are they still charging you

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      Blinkdog Ben's cred: 19
      Posted 12:04 pm PDT 08/6/09

      I use Ventrilo?

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      Toby Ben's cred: 74
      Posted 12:31 pm PDT 08/6/09

      I also use Magicjack and if the connection is fuzzy I just redial. Relatives in the UK and Latin America have them and call us free of charge. Very pleased with it. When I travel I just plug it into my notebook.

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      davidturetsky Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 8:47 am PDT 09/24/09

      Skype is still a good, reliable system. The offer is still good as far as I know.

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