August 19, 2012 8:50 AM Subscribe
I use call forwarding
, and Skype online numbers
extensively. Recently they changed their cost scheme. What can I use to replace it?
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike to computers & internet (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I live in the Netherlands. My parents live in the US. My brother lives in Australia. Using Skype has allowed me to set up a Skype online numbers in all three countries so that anyone can call me at no cost to them, and I use Skype forwarding to forward the calls to where ever I am. I travel quite a bit. I pay for an unlimited subscription for 19-ish Euros a month, and use the included Skype credit to pay for the online numbers. I also use Skype-to-go numbers when I'm travelling internationally so that I can make free calls from where I am.
Recently, they changed something so that I can no longer buy my Dutch online number with Skype credit. This changes the cost significantly, because 1) I have a bunch of Skype credit that will go unused, and 2) I have to pay EXTRA, on top of my subscription, to buy the Dutch online number. On top of that, Skype's recent buyout by MS and their security record has me down on Skype.
So, what can I use to replace it? Are there any services like Skype that offer all the features? Can I do things piecemeal, from different providers? I can pay for/install hardware, if needed.