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    • lukewd
    • By lukewd 6th Aug 18, 5:42 PM
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    Three: International calls on PAYG are 97% cheaper than on Pay Monthly, why?
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    • 6th Aug 18, 5:42 PM
    Three: International calls on PAYG are 97% cheaper than on Pay Monthly, why? 6th Aug 18 at 5:42 PM
    Can anyone please explain why international calls on Three are way cheaper on PAYG plans than they are on Pay Monthly.

    Have a look here: [link removed by forum]

    For example, calling Spain:
    On PAYG: £0.03 per minute
    On Pay Monthly: £1.25 per minute

    That is a reduction of 97.6% on PAYG versus the cost on Pay Monthly.

    This seems crazy? How can I access those prices without the hassle of switching to PAYG and having to top up?
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    • JJ Egan
    • By JJ Egan 6th Aug 18, 6:33 PM
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    Three will have the answer .
    Two different products they are entitled to have different charges .
    • Frozen_up_north
    • By Frozen_up_north 6th Aug 18, 7:18 PM
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    • 6th Aug 18, 7:18 PM
    I'm on Three and have just installed the Ringo app. Currently it's free to call Spanish landlines and many places are a fraction of a penny per minute.

    The cheapest calls (and least likely to drop out) are via the app and its "Call out" which auto dials via an 0330 number, which is free if you have lots of free mins on a contract SIM
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 7th Aug 18, 2:51 PM
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    This seems crazy? How can I access those prices without the hassle of switching to PAYG and having to top up?
    Originally posted by lukewd
    Three pay monthly Advanced Plans have cheap international calls.
    “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” - Mark Twain
    • Ian011
    • By Ian011 7th Aug 18, 4:39 PM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 4:39 PM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 4:39 PM
    It's the same with most providers, non-inclusive and non-standard calls and texts are priced much higher for pay monthly customers than for pay-as-you-go customers.

    The oft-repeated line that "contracts are cheaper then pay-as-you-go" is being exploited. The true answer is, "it depends".
    • boatman
    • By boatman 7th Aug 18, 7:55 PM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 7:55 PM
    Three pay monthly Advanced Plans have cheap international calls.
    Originally posted by Gloomendoom
    I wasn't aware of any cheap calls abroad on the advanced plan unless you were actually abroad.
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 8th Aug 18, 12:09 AM
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    I wasn't aware of any cheap calls abroad on the advanced plan unless you were actually abroad.
    Originally posted by boatman
    You are absolutely correct. I misread the info on the 3 website.
    “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” - Mark Twain
    • redux
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    Some of the moderation policy here is becoming hard to understand.
    • Ian011
    • By Ian011 8th Aug 18, 9:00 AM
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    Link removed from OP

    Some of the moderation policy here is becoming hard to understand.
    Originally posted by redux
    I assume the OP, with just three previous posts, was automatically prevented from posting a link.
    • Heng Leng
    • By Heng Leng 8th Aug 18, 7:34 PM
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    Can anyone please explain why international calls on Three are way cheaper on PAYG plans than they are on Pay Monthly.

    Have a look here: [link removed by forum]

    For example, calling Spain:
    On PAYG: £0.03 per minute
    On Pay Monthly: £1.25 per minute

    That is a reduction of 97.6% on PAYG versus the cost on Pay Monthly.

    This seems crazy? How can I access those prices without the hassle of switching to PAYG and having to top up?
    Originally posted by lukewd
    18185.co.uk has freephone and london access numbers.
    It just bills via Direct debit or credit/debit card.
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