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    • Paddy Landau
    • By Paddy Landau 22nd Apr 19, 11:06 AM
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    Is Skype the cheapest international VoIP-to-landline for casual use?
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    • 22nd Apr 19, 11:06 AM
    Is Skype the cheapest international VoIP-to-landline for casual use? 22nd Apr 19 at 11:06 AM
    I've been looking for cheap VoIP providers to call landlines internationally, from anywhere in the world via the internet. This is for casual personal use, not for business usually less than two hours per month.

    The only reasonably-priced service that I can find is good old Skype.

    I've found full-featured services such as Vonage. Although their per-minute pricing is great, even free, the monthly fee exceeds what I'd spend using Skype, plus there's a set-up charge. (I don't need their extra features such as a separate phone number or voicemail.)

    So, is Skype really the cheapest for casual personal use? Or do you know a cheaper service?

    Thank you
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    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 22nd Apr 19, 2:35 PM
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    • 22nd Apr 19, 2:35 PM
    I've been looking for cheap VoIP providers to call landlines internationally, from anywhere in the world via the internet.
    Originally posted by Paddy Landau
    Skype PAYG 2.1p/min

    Sipgate 1.18 p/min UK landline, 9.90 p/min UK mobile inc VAT. And you get a UK 'landline' number and voicemail for incoming calls free. No monthly charge.

    Links on the Sipgate website to download Zoiper pre-configured if you need an app.
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    • Paddy Landau
    • By Paddy Landau 22nd Apr 19, 2:57 PM
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    • 22nd Apr 19, 2:57 PM
    Originally posted by Owain Moneysaver
    Thanks for the recommendation. Unfortunately, Sipgate also has a monthly fee, and is more expensive than Vonage for international calls (depending on volume).

    I also found The VOIP Shop, which (from what I can tell) is significantly cheaper than Sipgate or Vonage. But still a touch more than Skype for my casual needs.
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    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 22nd Apr 19, 3:03 PM
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    • 22nd Apr 19, 3:03 PM
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    • 22nd Apr 19, 3:03 PM
    Thanks for the recommendation. Unfortunately, Sipgate also has a monthly fee, and is more expensive than Vonage for international calls (depending on volume).

    I also found The VOIP Shop, which (from what I can tell) is significantly cheaper than Sipgate or Vonage. But still a touch more than Skype for my casual needs.
    Originally posted by Paddy Landau

    Only if you buy a Call Package, Sipgate Basic is PAYG. Been using it for nearly 15 years.


    https://www.sipgatebasic.co.uk/tour
    • Paddy Landau
    • By Paddy Landau 23rd Apr 19, 10:48 AM
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    • 23rd Apr 19, 10:48 AM
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    • 23rd Apr 19, 10:48 AM
    Sipgate Basic is PAYG.
    Originally posted by Inner Zone
    Hmm, somehow I missed that. Thanks for pointing it out!

    I've installed it and set it up. How cool that it has a free UK number!
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    • By A.Penny.Saved 2nd May 19, 8:55 AM
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    • 2nd May 19, 8:55 AM
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    • 2nd May 19, 8:55 AM
    I looked at sipgate myself but found VOIPblazer to be cheaper.

    I use VOIPBlazer which is PAYG. The price to mobiles is 0.009/min and to landlines it's 0.007/min.

    If you had posted which country specifically you wanted to call it would of helped narrow it down.

    To USA landlines it's 0.009 and the same to Australian landlines.

    These are all less than 1p/minute, it is correct.

    The biggest downside for me is that it does not support encryption so theoretically anyone with suitable knownledge could easily listen to the calls.
    • Paddy Landau
    • By Paddy Landau 2nd May 19, 11:40 AM
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    • 2nd May 19, 11:40 AM
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    • 2nd May 19, 11:40 AM
    Thank you for VOIPBlazer. I'll check it out.

    As I'm calling landlines, encryption is irrelevant. But this is for personal use; I'm not discussing any state secrets or company secrets!

    I am interested in several countries, including USA, South Africa, Cyprus, France.
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