The Great 'cheap Numbers To Dial Home' Hunt.

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  • rtubb
    rtubb Posts: 16 Forumite
    Hi,

    Am making a trip to the Czech Republic shortly, would like to be able to dial-home to the UK for less - any suggestions?

    I have an Orange contract mobile phone - they allow calls to 0800 numbers for free. Am confused as to whether this will apply when I am roaming though. For instance, if I call a 80800 (or whatever the 0800 equivalent would be in the country I'm in) would Orange charge me for this as I'm "roaming" abroad?

    Regards,

    Richard.
  • rtubb wrote:
    Hi,

    Am making a trip to the Czech Republic shortly, would like to be able to dial-home to the UK for less - any suggestions?

    I have an Orange contract mobile phone - they allow calls to 0800 numbers for free. Am confused as to whether this will apply when I am roaming though. For instance, if I call a 80800 (or whatever the 0800 equivalent would be in the country I'm in) would Orange charge me for this as I'm "roaming" abroad?

    Regards,

    Richard.

    Hi there,

    You would need to ask Orange if they would charge! It depends on the country you are going to (so in your case Czech Rep) and the tariff you are on i believe!!

    Hope that helps.

    Graham
  • andy88_2
    andy88_2 Posts: 3,676 Forumite
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    That isn't really an answer Graham.

    Orange's roaming tariff for Czech Republic is 55p incoming calls, £1.10 for outgoing ones - they doubled charges for Eastern Europe a while back to welcome them to the EU.

    If you ask Orange the question, they will tell you that such calls will be charged. This is probably true nowadays, though there are cases mentioned where the calls seemed to have been free in the past. But now, it is more common that the call is routed back to the home network before going to the destination, rather than handled locally. Maybe a little experimentation is warranted, but I foresee disappointment.

    If you get a local Czech SIM card, then some do have free calls to such numbers, but I do not know the exact details. Perhaps you can go into detail on their websites or ask friends.

    In some countries payg SIMs charge but contract ones do not (ie e-plus in Germany, Orange here). Where the access number is known by the network to be associated with calling cards, then access may be blocked, or a surcharge by the calling card company is forwarded.

    Many UK-based calling cards, including RadioactiveFrog's Buzzcard product, do not have access numbers for Czech Republic anyway.

    A callback service in conjunction with a local SIM would mean calls to UK landlines for about 15p.
  • andy88_2
    andy88_2 Posts: 3,676 Forumite
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    bob76 wrote:
    https://www.hongkongcall.com

    i received a text from this company sometime back. website doesn't state contact details so cannot guarantee authenticity.
    The IDD 1966 service of 3 might also be interesting. The 3 SIM card costs $98, about £7.

    Calls to UK via a 'Hong Kong Call' local rate, as above...

    The IDD 1968 service has unlimited calls to these destinations for $38 = £2.50 per month, until October
    Fixed & Mobile Terminated Calls :
    China, USA*, Canada and Singapore

    Fixed Terminated Calls Only:
    UK, Australia, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
    http://dualband.three.com.hk/website/template?pageid=d25300&lang=eng
  • My daughter has just gone to Thailand for six months and are looking for the cheapest way for us to telephone her from Kingston Communications landline and for her to phone us? Have just registered with 18866 system.
    Many thanks
  • BexTech
    BexTech Posts: 4,772 Forumite
    1899:

    thailand [FIX] 5
    thailand [MOB] 9

    18866:

    thailand [FIX] 4
    thailand [MOB] 15

    18185:

    thailand (fixed & mobile) 1

    (Pence per minute).
    It's PAC not PAC Code, it's MAC not MAC Code, it's PIN not PIN Number, it's ATM not ATM Machine, it's LCD not LCD Display, it's DVD not DVD disc... It's no one not noone, It's a lot not alot, It's got not gotten... Panini is the plural of panino - there is no S!!
    (OK my English isn't great, the sciences, maths & IT are my strong points!)
  • bennyvdb
    bennyvdb Posts: 65 Forumite
    BexTech wrote:
    1899:

    thailand [FIX] 5
    thailand [MOB] 9

    18866:

    thailand [FIX] 4
    thailand [MOB] 15

    18185:

    thailand (fixed & mobile) 1

    (Pence per minute).
    Where do you sign up for 18185?
    Bennys from sunny Manchester
  • Donnie
    Donnie Posts: 9,862 Forumite
    BIGGER wrote:
    My daughter has just gone to Thailand for six months and are looking for the cheapest way for us to telephone her from Kingston Communications landline and for her to phone us? Have just registered with 18866 system.
    Many thanks

    Calling direct from a Thai mobile telephone will cost around 10p per min. Using the prefix 00744, 00844 or 00944 for UK calls.

    The cost of a SIM card is less than £3. She can use her UK mobile telephone and place the Thai SIM card inside or buy a secondhand model from the MBK centre in Bkk for £10 - £15.

    http://www.happydprompt.com/en/
    http://www.happydprompt.com/en/services/international/idd.html

    http://www.orange.co.th/english/join/jt_fair.htm

    http://www.one-2-call.com/One2Call/otc/e/index.jsp
  • BexTech
    BexTech Posts: 4,772 Forumite
    bennyvdb wrote:
    Where do you sign up for 18185?


    http://www.18185.co.uk
    It's PAC not PAC Code, it's MAC not MAC Code, it's PIN not PIN Number, it's ATM not ATM Machine, it's LCD not LCD Display, it's DVD not DVD disc... It's no one not noone, It's a lot not alot, It's got not gotten... Panini is the plural of panino - there is no S!!
    (OK my English isn't great, the sciences, maths & IT are my strong points!)
  • Hi there.
    This site:

    http://www.cheapcard.com.au let's you search the cheapest card available from your city.

    I thought it might benefit you.
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