[LINK] Naked ADSL and dumping the voiceline

Jan Whitaker jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Tue Nov 2 07:27:26 AEDT 2010

At 06:59 AM 2/11/2010, Richard Chirgwin wrote:
>No: PSTN calls still cost money. Only VoIP-to-VoIP is free (plus, of
>course, what's in your bundle)

Is anyone else using Skype paid services for this and done the cost 
comparison (naked ADSL and Skype as your voice service vs an ISP VOIP 
subscription)? I've been using Skype for US calls at a flat monthly 
rate (less than what is available now, fortunately) instead of the 
per call approach. They have a worldwide program as well. I don't use 
it for incoming PSTN calls, though, just out-going and skype to 
skype. I do have Skype credit for SMS and a few Australia calls, but 
the Aussie calls are per minute, as I found out once paying $6 for a 
toll-free number! I was a dill on that one.

One benefit to this Skype US subscription was I could use from 
anywhere during my travels, on my netbook on friends' networks or 
public wifi. When in the US in Sept, I did a few video conferences 
back to Australia on it, too, since it has built in webcam, mic and 
speakers (didn't I Brenda). On a 4 hour layover at LAX, I bought some 
time on an airport net connection and called friends on Skype on my 
netbook to pass the time. Even rang a friend in Australia to sort out 
my pick up upon arrival in Melbourne. And when in Australia, I can 
ring the US with no consideration of cost to deal with business matters.

Roger, you are so mobile, this may be something you'd find useful in 
your mix of options.


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