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What cheap prepaid phone is good for travel between USA and Canada?

I need a prepaid "burner" phone for work in the USA later this year. However, I will need one that works in Canada as well, which was not an option the last time I was traveled with one. [more inside]
posted by zaelic on May 25, 2014 - 3 answers

How can I safely use my iPhone 5 when I'm driving?

I want to make and receive calls when I'm driving, but I want to do it as safely as possible. I've tried two different Bluetooth devices, and they were both terrible. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on May 24, 2014 - 16 answers

Calling from Asia over android tablet

Currently in Asia and want to call US cheap. What options besides Skype do I have? Not a big fan of sim cards as they are hard to find here. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Mar 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Calling card for rare use to call UK and maybe Kazakhstan from US

I'm thinking my best option for staying in phone contact with my one or two overseas friends (mainly UK) might be a calling card. Can anyone recommend a specific card? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jan 30, 2013 - 12 answers

TV and film background calling services

Recommendations for calling services for background (extra) work is Los Angeles? What services have worked best for you?
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Feb 15, 2012 - 3 answers

Stop calling me names

Is there a way to tell a friend that I don’t want arguments to end in insults or angry lashing out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2011 - 12 answers

Making phone calls in Europe

Traveling to Europe. Any advice for making phone calls within Europe and US? [more inside]
posted by deeman on Jun 1, 2011 - 7 answers

So...how about them Bears?

I need to start calling my mom more often. We are not close. We are both bad at small talk. What the heck do we talk about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2010 - 31 answers

Vonage World plan, 60 countries included, is it good enough?

Anyone here using Vonage World plan? Is it good enough? Any alternatives? [more inside]
posted by zaxour on Sep 30, 2010 - 1 answer

Cheapest way to call mobiles internationally

Hi my girlfriend is in australia for the next year. Skype is fantastic but I've been looking into the cheapest way to call her mobile from mine (UK, Virgin) So far the best I've found are these http://www.rb-mobile.co.uk/pages/home.aspx their 7.5p a min which is pretty cheap but I've had a dropped calls nad connection errors already. Does anyone know of any alternatives? Just to be clear i'm ringing from a UK mobile to an australian mobile. Also if anyone knows of a cheap way of doing the reverse Aussie mob - UK mob i would be very greatful. Thanks
posted by lpoulter on Jul 16, 2010 - 8 answers

How to trigger phone calls via web forms

Web designer helping a friend and trying to advise on setting up a particular type of web-based automated phone call system. [more inside]
posted by jalexei on Jun 25, 2010 - 5 answers

I am terrified of talking on the phone but my job responsibilities will require me to do so.

I have a near-pathological fear of talking to strangers on the phone. My expanded job duties will soon include calling clients. How do I get past this fear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2009 - 27 answers

Is there a word for this situation?

Is there a word that describes a situation where you *technically* have free will, but don't REALLY have the option to choose otherwise? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Nov 18, 2009 - 27 answers

Prepaid iPhone data plan in Mumbai?

Hi, I will be living in Mumbai for 11 weeks next summer. I have an unlocked iPhone 3G. What is my best bet in terms of carrier and plan for the cheapest and most reliable data access? I plan to do local calls over the cell phone voice network and international calls via Skype on the iPhone. Thanks in advance!
posted by jesseendahl on Nov 17, 2009 - 2 answers

Mobile phone with dual SIM, wifi and SIP protocol support

Do you know mobile producers which provide dual SIM mobiles with wifi supporting SIP protocol? [more inside]
posted by fifigyuri on Oct 2, 2009 - 2 answers

Passing off calls with Skype?

Help with some logistics questions for Skype as a home use landline/cell replacement. [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Jul 11, 2009 - 4 answers

Adding virtual guest participants to a physical meetup

Best way to add virtual guests to a physical meetup? [more inside]
posted by jeffmacintyre on Mar 13, 2009 - 4 answers

Skype meet Facebook. Facebook meet Skype

A lot of people in my facebook friends have Skype. Is there a simple way to just do a search for those friends who have it in their profile? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Dec 16, 2008 - 2 answers

One card fits all?

Can my calling card be a business card? Should I even use a business card? Do I even want a calling card? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2008 - 7 answers

How to "stay in touch"?

How do you keep in touch with friends and relatives over long distances? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Oct 19, 2008 - 12 answers

How can friends call me in Switzerland from US affordably?

I live in Switzerland, family/friends live in the US. I have only a cell phone, no land line. Other than Skype and calling cards, how can people call me cheaply? Do I need to get a US-based land line and somehow forward to my cell? There has to be a way? ... I hope ...
posted by worthylakepix on Oct 7, 2008 - 7 answers

Is Skype a viable landline alternative for us?

What's the best Skype package for managing contact with our international friends and family group? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Sep 9, 2008 - 4 answers

I just called to say, WTF? A phone call from a 4-digit number?

I recently have gotten a bunch of cell phone calls from non-phone numbers. WTF is going on? [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Jul 2, 2008 - 13 answers

French phonebooth disaster

We called the USA from a France Télécom phonebooth. Following the instructions on the poster, we dialled *808 and gave our Visa card number. Turns out they charged more than $100 for a call lasting about 10 minutes. Is there anything we can do to contest this?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Jan 5, 2008 - 23 answers

Calling in, to and from the Irish Republic

Any recommendations re: best value in calling cards, prepaid cards or calling plans while we live in Ireland for the next four months. [more inside]
posted by rmhsinc on Dec 1, 2007 - 4 answers

So can I have your number?

[Inane and impossible to answer dating question filter] Why don't boys call? [more inside]
posted by whoaali on Sep 29, 2007 - 71 answers

Give me a voip voip!

What's the best way to make calls from Israel to North America, and to let others from North America call me at little or no expense? [more inside]
posted by prophetsearcher on Aug 23, 2007 - 13 answers

DIY Phone Routing for International Calls?

If it costs me, say, 2 cents a minute to call a landline in Europe and, say, 25 cents a minute to call a cell phone in that same city- why isn't there a service (in Europe) that allows me to call a landline which connects my call to a mobile phone (and charges me 5 cents a minute or a monthly charge or whatever) Or, is there?
posted by vacapinta on Jan 19, 2007 - 12 answers

How can I call Ecuador on the cheap from a cellphone?

I need to call Ecuador. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Aug 20, 2006 - 18 answers

Wehre to get a cheap calling card for Bosnia & Herzegovina?

Where can I find cheap calling cards to make calls from the US to Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia? A friend's mother recently moved here and needs to make calls to her friends at home on a regular basis. She is paying $0.40 per minute now. There must be some cheaper cards with decent quality. Any idea where I can find them? either online or from local stores. His mom is living in Orange County, CA if that helps. Thanks.
posted by dy on Mar 2, 2006 - 11 answers

Calling a French cellphone?

I have a US Verizon Wireless cellphone. I want to call a French Cingular cellphone (somehow it can also work on T-Mobile - maybe its a roaming thing?). Country code + # isn't working. I'm very confused.
posted by devilsbrigade on Feb 19, 2006 - 11 answers

Phone Hack?

If I want to alter what people see on their caller ID when I call, is that possible (without ordering a new line from the phone company)? [more inside]
posted by zephyrbill on Dec 2, 2005 - 6 answers

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