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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 24th Apr 06, 5:27 PM
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    MSE Martin
    Free International Calls From Your Mobile
    • #1
    • 24th Apr 06, 5:27 PM
    Free International Calls From Your Mobile 24th Apr 06 at 5:27 PM
    What's the deal?

    Story Telecom a telecommunications provider are giving away 50p worth of credit that can be used to call international numbers from your mobile.

    How to get the credit

    All you need to do is send a text (charged at your standard network rate) with STORY in the message to 80556 and they will credit your line with 50p worth of calling credit, and once you receive the confirmation text you can start using the credit to call internationally at their cheap rates.

    Its great that this is totally free, though it should be remembered by doing this you will be added to its database and it will probably send you (free) texts to try and get you to join its service later.

    How does it work?

    When you send the text they will credit your line in a similar way to providers such as Teletop, CheapestChat and Topupnow. You then dial their override number; either 0208 497 1007 or 0800 619 1007 which allows you access to the cheap international call rates. While their call rates aren't hugely competitive (you can find cheaper by using the International CallChecker) the credit is free with no strings attached so it's well worth it. For example if you were calling Canada, France or Germany they charge 1p/min so you would get 50 minutes of call time to these destinations.

    If you don't have free minutes on your mobile or want to call from a landline you can dial the freephone 0800 number and use the pin code they text you with the credit.

    Click here for a full list of rates.

    IMPORTANT UPDATE CLARIFICATION NOTE: You won't be charged at all

    A few people in the discussion below have questionned this deal, understandly as in the terms and conditions it states there will be a £1.50 automatic renewal charge for people who subscribe.

    However, the above is not a subscription, its a trial offer and it doesn't trigger the £1.50 charge, you can simply try it then ditch it with no worries.

    Last edited by MSE Archna; 25-04-2006 at 3:31 PM.
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  • pricefighter
    • #2
    • 24th Apr 06, 5:36 PM
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    • 24th Apr 06, 5:36 PM
    Martin.MSE

    Have you read the additional T&C

    Terms & Conditions:

    You must have a UK mobile and have the bill payer’s permission. One text per Mobile for free credit. This text will be charged at your standard network rates and you will receive up to 50 minutes of FREE talk time.

    Additional T&C for subscribers to the automatic recharge service:

    Once you join us as a subscriber you agree to be automatically charged a further £1.50 BEFORE your credit is about to expire. We will then top-up your mobile with £1.50 of extra talk credit. To unsubscribe simply text STOP to 80876

    Subject to individual mobile phone provider. Some providers may charge for these calls.

    So it looks like you will get lumbered with a £1.50p charge before your free credit runs out.Not so good.

    Also unless you have inclusive 01/02 minutes eg contract users. You would be charged to call the 020/0800 access numbers eg payg users.

    This offer is also a clever way of indirectly promoting their 07744 number.
    Last edited by pricefighter; 24-04-2006 at 5:47 PM.
    PF.
  • jamal
    • #3
    • 24th Apr 06, 6:16 PM
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    • 24th Apr 06, 6:16 PM
    must be mad to allow them to take an automatic £1.50 charge....

    also... [after the 'free' 50p] their rates are not as good as the other companies martin mentioned..

    so where's the big deal?
  • joey3
    • #4
    • 24th Apr 06, 6:42 PM
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    • 24th Apr 06, 6:42 PM
    1. when i try & get onto the storey website to see rates [link on Martin post above] it always fails???
    2. like prev post this sounds bit strange... coz unless u remember to immediately send STOP to the number to cancel the £1.50 charges... it works out dearer than their direct competition www.cheapestchat.com & www.teletop.com etc...

    Also, their number looks VERY similar to www.cheapestchat.com!?!
    Are they the same or agents of them or....???
    • redux
    • By redux 25th Apr 06, 12:53 AM
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    redux
    • #5
    • 25th Apr 06, 12:53 AM
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    • 25th Apr 06, 12:53 AM
    Also, their number looks VERY similar to www.cheapestchat.com!?!
    Are they the same or agents of them or....???
    by joey3
    quite likely - their 07744 numbers have a Story announcement, then the same as the Simply-Fone one, so yes, they may be resellers (and in turn have their own)

    Should we list all calls providers that give away a small incentive starting credit? On another thread maybe?
    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 25th Apr 06, 12:58 PM
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    • 25th Apr 06, 12:58 PM
    • #6
    • 25th Apr 06, 12:58 PM
    See my edit to the post above
    Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert.
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  • joey3
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    • 25th Apr 06, 2:33 PM
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    • 25th Apr 06, 2:33 PM
    & for that 50p worth of credit they have your mobile number to add to a database to sell on to advertisers, use as they wish... etc................
    nope! not for me--sorry

    [a cynical Joey!]
    • redux
    • By redux 25th Apr 06, 8:54 PM
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    redux
    • #8
    • 25th Apr 06, 8:54 PM
    • #8
    • 25th Apr 06, 8:54 PM
    Joey, all cheap calls providers have their customers' phone numbers, and there don't seem to be complaints that any of them do this.
  • Bee112
    • #9
    • 2nd Feb 10, 12:02 PM
    My post with regards to Sotrytelecom
    • #9
    • 2nd Feb 10, 12:02 PM
    I wonder if Martin Lewis, the founder of Moneysavingexpert has a vested interest in Storytelecom as my forum contribution was removed twice without any explanation.
  • Bee112
    Not quite the consumer champion it seems.
    • sumeet
    • By sumeet 2nd Feb 10, 3:17 PM
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    sumeet
    This thread seems to be over 3 years old?

    Is there any current way to call international forwarding call numbers out of your free x minutes mobile allowance?
    • redux
    • By redux 2nd Feb 10, 3:43 PM
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    redux
    I wonder if Martin Lewis, the founder of Moneysavingexpert has a vested interest in Storytelecom as my forum contribution was removed twice without any explanation.
    Originally posted by Bee112
    Dear Ms C

    Don't lie to us

    Your post was not really about this Story product at all, but made a series of dishonest or misleading remarks about several other products not mentioned on the thread either, all in order to then blatantly post spam about your own affiliate arrangement with another service

    And this doesn't seem to be your first series of visits either, as you've posted this crap before

    Get 3 things into your head

    - advertising your own service on here isn't allowed

    - posting knocking remarks about other services all over the internet may run the risk of getting you a series of legal actions for defamation - advertising isn't meant to be done that way here, even if you might get away with it at home

    [edit - I see some of your spam elsewhere slagging this place off as well]

    - and your claim to have negotiated directly with 3 main mobile networks is your biggest lie of the lot

    Not quite the consumer champion it seems.
    Originally posted by Bee112
    I really don't think you're entitled to criticise anyone for not being quite what they seem
    Last edited by redux; 07-02-2010 at 2:24 AM.
    • redux
    • By redux 2nd Feb 10, 3:57 PM
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    redux
    This thread seems to be over 3 years old?

    Is there any current way to call international forwarding call numbers out of your free x minutes mobile allowance?
    Originally posted by sumeet
    One or two new services appear from time to time, but the networks don't seem to put up with them for very long, and soon either bar or charge anyway

    see the MSE Callchecker and its explanatory comments for ideas
    Last edited by redux; 02-02-2010 at 4:11 PM.
    • OldGreyFox
    • By OldGreyFox 4th Feb 12, 4:16 AM
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    OldGreyFox
    hi have anyone tried them jd-card.com/unlimited.html
    Originally posted by kajfasz21
    Hardly unlimited

    "Calls made as part of the Just Dial Unlimited will have a maximum duration of sixty (60) minutes. Following expiry of sixty (60) minutes your call will be terminated. To continue your call - simply redial. No more than three (3) hours of calls per day is permitted. Calls attempted beyond three (3) hours in a single day will be barred until the next day. We reserve the right to cancel the service for users who exceed calls that are not consistent with regular domestic use."


    http://jd-card.com/unlimited.html


    Only covers 50 countries.

    You have to pay to call access number if you have not got inclusive minutes.
    Last edited by OldGreyFox; 04-02-2012 at 4:19 AM.
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