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Alternatives for International Long Distance?

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Alternatives for International Long Distance?

Spending roughly 10$ to 15$ a month on international calls to Sri Lanka with free phone line.

Got an obi200 so I think it supposed multiple lines.

No clue what rate I'm paying since freephoneline doesn't track it, but it's as low at 14 cents apparently.

What are some alternatives I could try?
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Are you calling a land line? If the recipient has reliable internet, would something like FaceTime / Duo / Signal / Skype / WhatsApp etc. work?
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PerformingAzura wrote: Spending roughly 10$ to 15$ a month on international calls to Sri Lanka with free phone line.

Got an obi200 so I think it supposed multiple lines.

No clue what rate I'm paying since freephoneline doesn't track it, but it's as low at 14 cents apparently.

What are some alternatives I could try?
how many minutes per months last three months to Sri Lanka
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ddot98 wrote: Are you calling a land line? If the recipient has reliable internet, would something like FaceTime / Duo / Signal / Skype / WhatsApp etc. work?
The person on the Canadian doesn't want to learn how to use a smart phone. So landline is the only option.

gogoblender wrote: how many minutes per months last three months to Sri Lanka
I got 8 charges of 5.65 in the last 90 days.
So working backwards that should be 320 mins
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PerformingAzura wrote: Spending roughly 10$ to 15$ a month on international calls to Sri Lanka with free phone line.

Got an obi200 so I think it supposed multiple lines.

No clue what rate I'm paying since freephoneline doesn't track it, but it's as low at 14 cents apparently.

What are some alternatives I could try?
I have been using Betamax/Dellmont/FinArea clones for over a decade to make calls to the UK, US, the Middle East, and India. I keep switching based on price and "Super Deals", and I have found them very reliable, affordable and of high quality. Super Deals include free calls or discounted call rates to select destinations (fixed number of days, varies with brand).

These brands offer a variety of calling options too:
  • Via browser
  • Via callback
  • Downloadable software (PC/Mac)
  • Mobile app - their own, and third-party soft-phones
  • Local access
  • SIP device

On Android devices, I was using easy-to-tweak configurations within CSipSimple (not sure if its still around). And there's also the MobileVOIP application for both Android and iOS, besides a few other VoIP/SIP apps.

I tried Google's offering too, last year (via Hangouts dialler), but I found it quite choppy and it wouldn't display my number at the other end; haven't faced this issue with the services I mentioned earlier.

Hope something like this helps you. Do note billing will be in EUR (or USD, depending on the clone/offering). For CAD, I think you could try a service like Raza?

Good luck.
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PerformingAzura wrote: What are some alternatives I could try?
Send your OBi200 with the FreePhoneLine account to Sri Lanka. Then use your cell phone here to call your FreePhoneLine Number

If you don't want to do that, then find a pair of Sipura or Cisco 3000 ATAs (Analogue Telephone Adapter). This unit allows you to have direct connections to each other. You pick up the phone, dial a single digit and it rings the other side.
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Used to use “Keep Calling”, to call Phillipines and found it cheap and reliable. Generally use Skype now.
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PerformingAzura wrote: Spending roughly 10$ to 15$ a month on international calls to Sri Lanka with free phone line.

Got an obi200 so I think it supposed multiple lines.

No clue what rate I'm paying since freephoneline doesn't track it, but it's as low at 14 cents apparently.

What are some alternatives I could try?
A cheap simple alternative are those international calling cards from convenience stores, etc. Card denominations in $5, $10, $20, etc. Might be hard to find these days since people now use WhatsApp, Skype, Viber.

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The going rate is around $0.14-$0.15/min among most VOIP providers.

The "CHEAPEST" solution is calling cards. Some cards are as cheap as $2.50 for 1 hour. But they're only "cheap" if you use the entire card on a single call.

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