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July 8, 2009 6:13 PM Subscribe
Four iPhone users: USA, Canada, England, Mexico. All with different carriers. What free/cheap voice options are there?
posted by rokusan to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
All right, we've got a little group of four friends. One in USA (AT&T, that's me), one in Canada (Rogers), one in England (O2), and one in Mexico (TelCel). All legit unbroken iPhones registered in their own countries and using the usual App Store(s).
Long distance is killing us all, and conference calls are worse.
With all the IP telephony out there, there must be a better way, so what are our best choices for at least one-to-one voice conversations (is iPhone Skype available in all these countries? Something else?) and ideally ad-hoc three- and fourway voice calls?
Lower priority: text messaging is also stupidly expensive, ranging from the 20¢/msg I seem to be paying for "international texting" (AT&T = whores) to about fifty cents, which is what the UK person is being charged. So a cheaper way to do that would be nice too.
Free is best, but anything cheaper than traditional long-distance is worth considering. Onetime costs or subscriptions... something to stop us from spending an extra $100+ per month each on phone calls to the same three people every time.
Most of us are on the move too much for land-line options, unless they're very portable in an ad-hoc way that forwards.