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Skype introduces new packages - Unlimited Calls starting from £2.24 PM

£2.24 @ Skype
You can make calls any time of day, any day of the week without the need for a long term contract. All subscriptions contain online numbers that let your friends, family or business contacts reach… Read More
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You can make calls any time of day, any day of the week without the need for a long term contract.

All subscriptions contain online numbers that let your friends, family or business contacts reach you directly on Skype.

And with your Skype To Go number you can reach your friends and family abroad at great rates using any landline or mobile phone.

10,000 minutes limit for calls per month. That's one whole week of talking (landline only though)
European Calls : £3.39 per month
Worldwide calls to 34 countries : £7.99 per month

I will try to find out whether you can use it with the 3SkypePhone.

Note that this replaces the SkypePro package
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#1
Wow! About time they realised that with their past pricing they were never going to get any VoIP?phone savvy customers at all!

There's been press speculation recently that eBay wish to dispose of this (horribly overpriced) acquisition. Maybe this is a land grab initiative to get some customers and revenue in a run up to any such disposal.

Personally I still like my Betamax VoIP InternetCalls a/c that has NO subscription and gives me for 120 days 300 FREE mins (per last 7 days) to UK landline & many global countries including those where my family/friends live. Excellent clarity/quality too.

Otherwise if VoIP is too much for you then do checkout the MSE Intl call checker for cheapest way to call each country
http://callchecker.moneysavingexpert.com/intcallchecker/
#2
mk-donald;1937415
Wow! About time they realised that with their past pricing they were never going to get any VoIP?phone savvy customers at all!

There's been press speculation recently that eBay wish to dispose of this (horribly overpriced) acquisition. Maybe this is a land grab initiative to get some customers and revenue in a run up to any such disposal.

Personally I still like my Betamax VoIP InternetCalls a/c that has NO subscription and gives me for 120 days 300 FREE mins (per last 7 days) to UK landline & many global countries including those where my family/friends live. Excellent clarity/quality too.


Do they actually work? I.e. what's the catch?
#3
I thought it was Betamax VoIP InternetCalls that gave you a cheap price and then quickly changed the tarrifs.

Of course they had already got £10 or so out of you.

Betamax own VoIPBuster, VoIPCheap.co.uk, Netappel, SIP Discount, Voipstunt, Sparvoip, Internetcalls, Voipdiscount, Poivy, Voipcheap.com, freecall.com, lowratevoip.com, justvoip.com, voipwise.com, nonoh.net,voipraider.com, voipbusterpro.com and justvoip..com.

Seems they have 40+ company names and growing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Supposedly some of the above take your money and while you have loads of credit they stop working.
And never reply to any emails.

I wonder if some are like franchises and so are both very very bad and ok.
#4
Yes, Betamax actually works and the only catch is that there is no support whatsoever. I am using their service for about year and a half - no problems, just great prices :)

Betamax price comparison is here: http://www.backsla.sh/betamax
#5
Kommunist
Yes, Betamax actually works and the only catch is that there is no support whatsoever. I am using their service for about year and a half - no problems, just great prices :)

Betamax price comparison is here: http://www.backsla.sh/betamax


Exactly right :) Dirt cheap but no support. So you make a small risk and if you don't know what you're doing then obviously that adds to your risk as they wont help you BUT the service is provided very reliably indeed from my experience.

They actually only ever get 10 Euros + VAT from me rather than £10! And have delivered "what it says on the tin" for the last 18months or so.

I think the comments about changing things AFTER you gave them money was applicable 2-3years ago when Betamax were still trying to work out a business model and were varying how credit expired, how free calls were allocated, call rates, free countries etc all quite actively and RIGHTLY customers were upset. However for the last 18m or so their model has been very stable/predictable.

Those puzzled by all the different brands should consider key variations
- the currency it's natively sold in - hence eg 10 Euros topup versus 10 GBP
- the # of days of freecalls varies from 90 upto 120
- the countries covered by freecalls varies
- the cost of calls to specific countries varies
- the ability (or not) to use SIP devices (ie industry standard VoIP hardware rather than just software on a PC)

Justvoip might be the brand you start to consider as 120 days, UK landline free, UK mobile only 8.xp/min and nowadays SIP too.

I now have a SIP device, but previously had a USB box on my PC that integrated my BT landline (DECT phone) and Betamax VoIP service through my PC! Checkout the Trust ST-1200 Internet Phone Box - sold under various brands/names - together with Yealink's VoipBusterMate USB connectivity software (freeware) and whatever Betamax PC software (eg Internetcall.exe etc). I got the box for under £20.
suspended#6
is there a catch?
#7
Get 33% off 3 or 12 month subscriptions - ends June 1st 2008.
#8
I checked the prices against what i pay now - and they are not good.

COLD
#9
Hot !! thanks a lot bud :) i use skype all the time to talk to my girlfriend when i work abroad and spend about £40 a month usually.. this will save me a bundle !
#10
I had tried VOIP discount before and the sound quality was not as good as skype. Now with free calls within Europe (up to 10000 per month) along with the ability to have your own number at no extra cost, just over £6 for 3 month this is crazy good
#11
Any changes to the quidco percentages? Or can we still expect 25% back
#12
For the past 6 months ive been ringing my mum up in Australia for an hour or so each day. In total ive spent 165 pounds in top ups since November 07. Good thing is shes returning to the UK this week. The bad thing is this package had it been on since november could have saved me at least 132 pounds.

Anyway, since my whole house is skype enabled (wireless skype voip phone in each room), subscribing to this new (international) package is brilliant, it will definately save me alot of money as I wont need to use BT for anything other than line rental.
#13
chris_karu
For the past 6 months ive been ringing my mum up in Australia for an hour or so each day. In total ive spent 165 pounds in top ups since November 07. Good thing is shes returning to the UK this week. The bad thing is this package had it been on since november could have saved me at least 132 pounds.

Anyway, since my whole house is skype enabled (wireless skype voip phone in each room), subscribing to this new (international) package is brilliant, it will definately save me alot of money as I wont need to use BT for anything other than line rental.


Well do checkout if your phones are compatible with the Betamax services - as you could have spoken to Australia on InternetCalls for 42 minutes every day at ZERO cost (though you'd have had to top up about 25 Euros for 2 x 120 days worth of free calls) or 1.2cents/minute if/when free minutes to Oz ran out. And despite the one comment about VoipDiscount call quality disappointing, I/Family/Friends have used JustVoip/VoipBuster/InternetCalls with headsets, with USB phone, with the Trust gizmo, with SIP boxes (by Grandstream and o2) over the last 18 months and all have provided excellent quality voice nearly all the time - indeed at least as good as the BT line itself!
#14
Same thing here - using Zoom VoIP ATA together with Siemens DECT phones connected to Voipcheap.com. Excellent quality, no need for PC to be switched on and very simple to use.
#15
Kommunist
Same thing here - using Zoom VoIP ATA together with Siemens DECT phones connected to Voipcheap.com. Excellent quality, no need for PC to be switched on and very simple to use.


Interesting post comrade.

You seem very switched on about these things - I however am not quite up to speed.

If I get this right you need a dect voip compatible phone and a internet telephone company like voipcheap - but where does zoom come into the equation?

Any help or pointers would be appreciated
1 Like #16
I decided against buying special VoIP DECT phones because I like to keep it simple.
So I bought Zoom ATA 5801. The ATA needs to be plugged into broadband router and (if you wish) landline. The DECT phone is then connected to ATA. In such configuration I can make/receive calls to/from VoIP and landline on the same handset. And the process of dialling is not different from landline use - no prefixes or special codes needed (though I need to dial #8 to get landline but that is due to my lazyness - I could just change dial plan for it).

If you are after ATAs, there are several models available - Grandstream, Linksys, Zoom, DLink, etc.
#17
Kommunist
I decided against buying special VoIP DECT phones because I like to keep it simple.
So I bought Zoom ATA 5801. The ATA needs to be plugged into broadband router and (if you wish) landline. The DECT phone is then connected to ATA. In such configuration I can make/receive calls to/from VoIP and landline on the same handset. And the process of dialling is not different from landline use - no prefixes or special codes needed (though I need to dial #8 to get landline but that is due to my lazyness - I could just change dial plan for it).

If you are after ATAs, there are several models available - Grandstream, Linksys, Zoom, DLink, etc.


Right - I get it - but an ATA box and plug in a normal phone - sounds great - now if someone could point me ion the direction of a cheap ATA box???
#18
Try this: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/141160/show_product_reviews

If it is locked, use admin/metamorph login.

This one should be unlocked already:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/142497
#19
Ok went away and looked up zoom ata locked

FFS now I find out some are locked to certain service providers. Why is nothing ever simple??

I also noted one is cheaper than the other what is the catch.

Thanks in advance for any help.
#20
Some Zooms are locked to Global Village (their own VoIP provider) but to unlock it all you need to do is to login using username: administrator and password: metamorph.

As to other ATAs, I think PAP2 is usually locked but there is some procedure on how to unlock it. Sorry I am nor familiar with it.

Take a look here: http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/default_ShopGroup.asp?ShopGroupID=96

BTW, don't be put off by claims that someone can't get it (I mean Zoom) working with voipcheap. I posted here (on HUKD) a guide some time ago on how to enable all the features and configure it for Betamax.

As to nothing simle... welcome to computer world! :)

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