Free calls to UK from abroad for VirginMedia home phone customers - SmartCall App Releases for Android & iOS
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Free calls to UK from abroad for VirginMedia home phone customers - SmartCall App Releases for Android & iOS

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Found 19th Oct 2013
Smart Call App Releases for Android & iOS.

iOS should be available on App Store by 24th October
Android should be available on Play Store by 28th October

#### Update to the date of availability, its now changed to 29/10 for both platforms. ####

SmartCall is our new and awesome free app that we'll be launching to all our home phone customers in the coming months. It unleashes your Virgin Phone talk plan onto your smartphone - all you need is a working WiFi connection!

With SmartCall, you'll be able to call all those numbers included in your home phone talk plan for free on your iPhone and Android smartphones. It opens up more ways to talk, in more places, at no extra cost.

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More info:
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- badzed

64 Comments

is this like viber, instead people can call your land line?

I don't think so - instead it uses wifi to act as though you are calling from your landline (and use all the benefits that come with your landline) when you are actually using your mobile instead and when your mobile is connected to any wifi (at home or abroad).

Sounds pretty good!

That is smart. Hope it works well.

this thing is about 11 months overdue, hope it actually comes out

I hope it's more reliable than their broadband service

Waldolf

I hope it's more reliable than their broadband service



Having trouble with yours?
You can ask me if you want as it's my job (for my sins).

sounds good

Banned

There's an app called Forfone that lets you make free wifi calls to uk landlines (if you don't have Virgin media)!

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Waldolf

I hope it's more reliable than their broadband service

Virgin is not the only service provider out there. If you are so unhappy why don't you change providers, I wonder?

why would you be so interested or is it just spamming

HUKDUSER94

There's an app called Forfone that lets you make free wifi calls to uk … There's an app called Forfone that lets you make free wifi calls to uk landlines (if you don't have Virgin media)!



From their website that only seems to be from Forfone user to Forfone user?

Going on holiday tomorrow and this would have been ideal but doesn't look like it will be up and running in time!

It sounds like its basically the same as BT SMART TALK who have been doing the same for almost a year

Is this like O2 TU GO app? (http://www.o2.co.uk/tugo/want-it)

Preying_Eyes

Is this like O2 TU GO app? (http://www.o2.co.uk/tugo/want-it)



it sure sounds like it!

Cheers OP!

"For Virgin Media customers"

Misleading. Requires a phone contract and many VM customers use broadband only. For phone, I use T-Mobile. Cold. I know it's a good deal for many, but the deal is misleading and that's a problem for a lot of customers.

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Mantis

"For Virgin Media customers"Misleading. Requires a phone contract and … "For Virgin Media customers"Misleading. Requires a phone contract and many VM customers use broadband only. For phone, I use T-Mobile. Cold. I know it's a good deal for many, but the deal is misleading and that's a problem for a lot of customers.

You can be on any mobile network Mantis, as far as you have a Virgin Landline you can get the app on your smart phone & use your home phone package.
Here's one better. Virgin will allow you to use this on 2 smart phones at the same time. The app is built in such a way that it should not incur any financial cost as it will give you the message stating the call you're trying to make is not a smart call then you have the option to make an informed decision if you want to use your network minutes. Hope this info helps. To keep it simple imagine your house phone on your mobile with you when you are on a WiFi connection. if you have the basic Line rental only even then you can be in USA having coffee in Starbucks on a Saturday or Sunday making land line calls to UK local numbers using the free to use WiFi and also dialing 0800 numbers anytime of the day or night all days using this app as most mobile operators charge for 0800 calls this is your way of saving on those charges.
Edited by: "Ravsterocks" 20th Oct 2013

Ravsterocks

You can be on any mobile network Mantis, as far as you have a Virgin … You can be on any mobile network Mantis, as far as you have a Virgin Landline you can get the app on your smart phone & use your home phone package. Here's one better. Virgin will allow you to use this on 2 smart phones at the same time. The app is built in such a way that it should not incur any financial cost as it will give you the message stating the call you're trying to make is not a smart call then you have the option to make an informed decision if you want to use your network minutes. Hope this info helps.



Exactly. Virgin landline, but not all Virgin Media customers have a landline. Since this uses Wi-Fi, it's not really related to a landline anyway in the first place. You could be paying the same amount of cash for broadband as somebody else paying for the landline. They're still getting the same money. I have no need for a landline because I have a mobile contract. I'm only voting this cold because it's misleading. If it was made specifically clear it's for landline customers only I wouldn't have voted.

Thank you for the suggestions though. They may help somebody else.

Original Poster

Mantis

Exactly. Virgin landline, but not all Virgin Media customers have a … Exactly. Virgin landline, but not all Virgin Media customers have a landline. Since this uses Wi-Fi, it's not really related to a landline anyway in the first place. You could be paying the same amount of cash for broadband as somebody else paying for the landline. They're still getting the same money. I have no need for a landline because I have a mobile contract. I'm only voting this cold because it's misleading. If it was made specifically clear it's for landline customers only I wouldn't have voted.Thank you for the suggestions though. They may help somebody else.

Appreciate pointing out the detail Mantis, Header altered to be more specific. This is Virgins way to revive the dying telephone industry. Calling your elderly family who don't use smart phones & prefer the landline, its a great way to be calling the UK and updating your family back home for free. Mobile operators will charge you an arm and a leg for the same call.

Edited by: "Ravsterocks" 20th Oct 2013

if it can be used on two smart phones could i give one of those to my dad so he can call me on my virgin landline while he is abroad?

Thanks OP as I didn't know about this. Typical VM who keep promoting their packages particularly the junk mail bombs and forget about rewarding us for our loyalty.

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katya1971

if it can be used on two smart phones could i give one of those to my dad … if it can be used on two smart phones could i give one of those to my dad so he can call me on my virgin landline while he is abroad?

That's absolutely right katya1971 as far as he is connected to WiFi & his mobile is a UK mobile number (with any Uk Mobile Network)

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Excalibur

Thanks OP as I didn't know about this. Typical VM who keep promoting … Thanks OP as I didn't know about this. Typical VM who keep promoting their packages particularly the junk mail bombs and forget about rewarding us for our loyalty.

Sure this can be classed as a form of loyalty for us Virgin Media home phone users, Excalibur.

Cold for misguiding title

Banned

stphnstevey

From their website that only seems to be from Forfone user to Forfone … From their website that only seems to be from Forfone user to Forfone user?

Yeah, it's Forfone to Forfone as well as Forfone to UK landline (unless they've changed anything).

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thegame999

Cold for misguiding title

"You can please some of the people some of the time all of the people some of the time some of the people all of the time but you can never please all of the people all of the time.”

― Abraham Lincoln

Ravsterocks

"You can please some of the people some of the time all of the people … "You can please some of the people some of the time all of the people some of the time some of the people all of the time but you can never please all of the people all of the time.”― Abraham Lincoln



And one more. You forgot punctuation marks. Seriously???
You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time but you can never please all of the people all of the time.

English, ain't it?

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thegame999

And one more. You forgot punctuation marks. Seriously???You can please … And one more. You forgot punctuation marks. Seriously???You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time but you can never please all of the people all of the time.English, ain't it?

youtube.com/wat…VBY


Edited by: "Ravsterocks" 21st Oct 2013

Cheers for the heads up on this, hopefully won't be as echo-y (hopefully a real word) as Buber

Sounds good to me
Will download on 28th.

Many thanks for the heads up op. Will take a look.

Any update on the app, as it is not available on the app store as yet??

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cypher1055

Any update on the app, as it is not available on the app store as yet??


Update posted on initial post matey. Its now the 29th of Oct. Hope that helps.

Thanks looking forward to it

Available Now, ive just downloaded from the App store

agrant

Available Now, ive just downloaded from the App store



Thanks for sharing that it is available now. I've just downloaded it.

Thanks Op for sharing - heat added

App says you need to visit virginmedia.com/sma…all to get a four digit code to link the aso to your account, but that address doesn't have any way of doing that. Any one managed to use the app yet?

solid

App says you need to visit virginmedia.com/smartcall to get a four digit … App says you need to visit virginmedia.com/smartcall to get a four digit code to link the aso to your account, but that address doesn't have any way of doing that. Any one managed to use the app yet?



Even though the app is available for download - we may not be s le to register & get codes until tomorrow as apparently 29th is when it comes live.
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