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How can I avoid making an expensive phone call from my smartphone?

I have a cellphone (iPhone on AT&T) that will cost $0.20 per minute (perhaps more) to make a call from the United States to Canada. I'm a cheap bastard and would like to avoid this charge whilst still using my cellphone to place the call. What options are available for me to do this more cheaply? Would I buy and use a calling card (and are there issues I need to worry about with this option), or are there apps that I can run on iOS through which I can call another country more cheaply than through AT&T?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Mar 20, 2013 - 20 answers

 

Automated Phone Calls For Good. Honest!

I need a service that will allow me to generate an automated call to a small group of telephone numbers in the event of a software failure. [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands on Jul 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Redirect landline telephone to foreign number.

How can I redirect my US number to non-US number? [more inside]
posted by lapsang on May 14, 2012 - 3 answers

USA-based phone solutions for non-residents?

Non-American who occasionally travels to America wants a Southern California phone number (Los Angeles area) that has data and that my friends can text to. My phone works on all USA carriers. What's the cheapest permanent solution? A web-based (or other non-cell) solution is also welcome as long as people can text to the number. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on May 11, 2012 - 11 answers

What's a good yet affordable conference call system, which can hold a conference in which anyone can join by either phone or the internet, as desired?

What is a good conference calling service for use in Canada (Ottawa specifically), which allows people to connect by computer or by phone in a single conference? I'm on a budget too. [more inside]
posted by Nish ton on Apr 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Long Distance Rates For the Late Seventies and Early Eighties?

How much did long distance telephone calls cost in the late 1970s and early 1980s? I'm mainly interested in hearing about rates for the USA but data from other countries would be welcome as well. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Mar 31, 2012 - 21 answers

How to have speakers ring when a headset is plugged in.

How do I set up Google Voice to ring my computer speakers when I have a headset attached? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram on Feb 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me Pimp my international business phone network... OF DOOM!

Help me prepare and organize my business phone network utilizing a Landline/Fax (copper-USA), Iphone (AT&T), Skype, Google Voice, etc (other services?) as optimally as possible. I want viable international business line(s) I can easily express on a Business Card. PS, I have to connect with Fiji as cheaply as possible. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Aug 8, 2011 - 1 answer

Best VOIP options?

I've got a VOIP service that's really inexpensive, a first year, new client deal. That's about to expire and my rate will bump. While it's still inexpensive, I'm wondering how I can get control of this and not be at the affect of a external company, specifically how can I control my public phone number, keep my calling rates low, and avoid having an external company call the shots. [more inside]
posted by diode on Apr 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Call-recording tech that meets my narrow needs?

I have a grandfather in western Oklahoma with great stories, and I'd like to record phone calls with him for later transcription. It seems like there should be a simple, cheap technology solution to this, but I'm having trouble. [more inside]
posted by blueshammer on Mar 10, 2011 - 9 answers

Do SMS' ever get lost?

Where does my SMS go on it's way to where I've sent it? Does it hang out at the phone company at all or does it go out like a phone call? [more inside]
posted by From Bklyn on Jan 26, 2011 - 10 answers

Using a Droid Phone as a WiFi Hotspot?

Should I replace my MiFi with a hotspot-enabled Droid? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Nov 8, 2010 - 9 answers

Yes my refrigerator is running, and you need to get a lawyer

Legal status of inadvertently sent (supposed to be internal) automated test calls which could be viewed as "prank calls" that go accidentally to 7-13 unsuspecting recipients. And more. YANML i know, please read details. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2009 - 10 answers

Please hold, someone will be with you shortly.

I want to run it in a radio show type of format... a conference call that is. [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic on Sep 30, 2009 - 4 answers

A few questions upon the eve of an imminent move to Toronto.

TorontoFilter: We're moving next week from the US and have a few questions. Can you help us hit the ground running? [more inside]
posted by setanor on Aug 24, 2009 - 45 answers

Please help us improve our office phone system on the cheap.

I work in a small office with a small budget where the only full-time employees are my assistant and I, and we have separate offices. Our office has two phone lines. When one is busy, the other rings. Line one is our published office number. We each have our own voice mailbox. The problem is that you only get the "Press 1 to speak to [her], press 2 to speak to [me]" when both lines are busy or no one answers. I want to set up things so that people can select who they would like to speak to before the phone rings on our end. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Aug 4, 2009 - 4 answers

Help me get my VOIP on!

Is VOIP (Voice over IP) really mature enough to get rid of the landline, and what would you do with my personal phone/business phone(s) situation?...story to follow. [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Mar 27, 2009 - 16 answers

Quality source for number of United States iPhone subscribers?

Quality source for number of United States iPhone subscribers? [more inside]
posted by yesno on Feb 26, 2009 - 4 answers

Technical skills for managing a telephony network?

Technical skills for managing a telephony network? [more inside]
posted by tkolar on Dec 10, 2008 - 9 answers

Forwarding U.K. calls to U.S.

Can I set up a U.K. land line to forward incoming calls to a U.S.-based number? [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames on Nov 26, 2008 - 10 answers

Open-Source VOIP for personal / educational use

Can anyone recommend an open-source-protocol-based just-for-home-use VOIP provider & software? I'm pretty sure I don't want Skype, pretty sure I don't want Yahoo Messenger - security issues, not knowing what's really going on with these packages once they're installed, plus the license/privacy/etc. agreements are long and pretty bad. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Oct 6, 2008 - 8 answers

Mobile-to-POTS convertor?

How do I hook up a mobile phone to a regular, POTS "hard phone"? Most of the time, I'm at home and it would be easier for me to use a regular, large-size telephone instead of craning my neck to try to use the little mobile phone that I have. If it matters, I'm in the USA and have Sprint.
posted by Electrius on Sep 24, 2008 - 10 answers

What is the technical bible of the cell phone industry?

Asking for a friend: What is a very good technical text for understanding current and future wireless telephony standards, beginning with the basics about CDMA and TDMA and covering through 3G, LTE, LTE-Advanced, WiMax and beyond? [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel on Aug 19, 2008 - 2 answers

Why does Skype not want to take calls?

Important Skype Issue! I primarily use Skype for voicemails, however I am getting lots of complaints that Skype's line is busy. Every time I open Skype the preferences are set to only allow calls from people in my contact list. I keep setting them to allow calls from anyone and they keep going back to only accepting calls from people in my contacts list. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Aug 14, 2008 - 3 answers

Fax Problems

How can I get my office's computer fax machine to receive faxes more reliably? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Jul 28, 2008 - 5 answers

Grand Central alternatives?

I need suggestions for a Google Grand Central alternative. Namely a telephone web app that lets me have use of a local number. No VOIP suggestions, please. [more inside]
posted by mr. creosote on Apr 2, 2008 - 4 answers

Caller id woes: no ones knows it's me

I have terrible cell reception in my house so I have been forwarding my cell calls to my home phone when I'm at home. This has worked great. There's a problem though. [more inside]
posted by jdl on Jan 14, 2008 - 7 answers

Cleaning up imported data in excel using VBA.

Cleaning up imported data in excel using VBA. [more inside]
posted by corpse on Dec 21, 2007 - 1 answer

Best way to sheathe an iPhone?

What's the best lightweight, unobtrusive and form-fitting iPhone case? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Oct 21, 2007 - 20 answers

Help us break out of our RAZR jail!

My wife and I both loathe our Motorola RAZRs, and fortunately, we're able to replace them at subsidized, new-customer pricing at the end of this month (October 28th, to be specific). We're Verizon Wireless customers for a slew of reasons, and are going to stick with VZW; does anyone have recommendations for phones we should consider? [more inside]
posted by delfuego on Oct 15, 2007 - 24 answers

Finally making the jump to cellphone. Some questions...

Finally getting a cell phone. The only "feature" I care about is reception. I don't need any doodads, email, mp3s, video etc. etc--the only exception is I need to store 75 numbers or more. Price doesn't matter. What phone should I get? I'm in Toronto (east end/beaches) but am willing to buy thru eBay or whatever if necessary. Should I go with Rogers? Fido? Telus? (Refuse to go with Bell so that one's out). Lastly, I'm okay with doodads and whatnot as long as they don't affect reception so if you've got opinions on those, please share. I'm on a Mac.
posted by dobbs on Mar 27, 2007 - 17 answers

E.T wanna call home (over the internet)

Internet Telephony Query: What combination of hardware and software runs JaJah.com? [more inside]
posted by markovich on Mar 10, 2007 - 8 answers

Does Skype turn you/him/her on?

Does Skype "smooth" your voice to make it sound mellower, more seductive etc.? That's my impression; but is there any evidence to support it? I suppose an analogous means of customer retention might be the use in shops of "slimming mirrors".
posted by londongeezer on Feb 20, 2007 - 15 answers

What's Wrong with a BUSY Signal!?!

TelephonyFilter: Is there any Internet telephony provider that will allow you to receive incoming calls, but does NOT require that you have voicemail service? When I spoke with representatives at Skype, they said that the voicemail feature can not be disabled. I would be more than happy to use Vonage, however, due to the way my Internet is set up, it doesn't work (a known issue with this particular ISP). All I want is some way to set up a phone number and receive incoming calls ONLY--with NO voicemail, NO forwarding, NO call waiting. Is there any such service out there?
posted by polexxia on Dec 12, 2006 - 7 answers

Is it possible to use Skype as a modem?

Finding out for my boss: Can Skype be used as a modem? [more inside]
posted by contessa on Dec 7, 2006 - 20 answers

VoIP in Toronto?

Experience with Vonage or any VOIP in Toronto? I know it's been asked before but figure the technology may have improved. Also, what about some of their other products?
posted by Manhasset on Aug 18, 2006 - 9 answers

Just like 1-800-I-FEEL-OK

Scriptable multiline voice menu system for a one-day event. Does anyone offer this service? [more inside]
posted by aubilenon on Jul 26, 2006 - 4 answers

How does VoIP connect to POTS lines?

How exactly do VoIP services place calls to POTS lines? [more inside]
posted by Brian James on Jul 11, 2006 - 6 answers

Tell me about the Gizmo user experience.

I'm strongly leaning toward dumping Verizon and switching to Gizmo. What I'm curious about is the actual user experience of making and receiving VOIP calls. Is it be a hassle to be tethered to the computer via a headset? Do I need to leave my computer on all the time? How do I check voicemail (it's got something to do with e-mail, apparently -- does Gizmo e-mail me WAV files or something)? How do I dial out? If I'm making a call to an automated system that requires touch-tone data entry, how would I do this? How expensive and complicated would it be to route my calls to a conventional handset?
posted by Artifice_Eternity on May 11, 2006 - 8 answers

My Little Telephony

We've decided to get rid of our landline and go with a softphone. The question is: which to choose? We have cable internet. We'd need call in (our own phone number) and call out (ability to call landlines from our PC). For the most part, we'd be talking to people with landlines. I know we can't dial 911 with these-- we have an old cell phone (no more minutes left, but kept charged up) for this purpose. What's better? Skype? Gizmo? Yahoo? Or something else? We know that USB handsets are available with Skype-- what about the others? Also, how would this work with a home network? Are we restricted to calling from one PC or can we do it from any PC in the house?
posted by Shoeburyness on Apr 17, 2006 - 8 answers

E-mail to Telephone Service or Program?

E-mail to Telephone Service or Program? [more inside]
posted by richardhay on Apr 13, 2006 - 3 answers

800 sex-chat line percentage?

What percentage of 800 numbers are sex-chat lines? [more inside]
posted by tkolar on Feb 2, 2006 - 7 answers

How do I consolidate communication devices for use the UK and US

For the next 18 months I will be regularly traveling in the UK, Ireland and US (pleasure and business). What is the best strategy to optimize international compatibility and consolidate telephony, email and internet access into one (or the fewest) devices. [more inside]
posted by rmhsinc on Oct 20, 2005 - 3 answers

Good inexpensive home telephone headset?

Can anyone recommend a decent inexpensive telephone headset for home use? [more inside]
posted by phrits on Sep 1, 2005 - 5 answers

Do these phone features coexist?

Wanted: a relatively simple wired-to-the-wall phone with headset jack, message-waiting blinking light (phone company voicemail), speaker phone, and maybe a few speed-dial buttons (caller ID optional but preferred). Only need one line, no answering machine, no wireless. Does this phone exist? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Aug 21, 2005 - 6 answers

ERC Blocks

Is there any free, public resource that will tell me who owns a particular block of 800, 866, etc. phone numbers in North America?
posted by gimonca on Apr 26, 2005 - 2 answers

Telephone message software

Telephone message software. What are some good voicemodem-telephony programs for Windows? I need a program where callers who enter a certain PIN (via touch tone) can hear a recorded announcement that I provide. I've seen some telephony software but I don't recall any support for touch tone entry. Seems something that theater movie lines use would be perfect.
posted by rolypolyman on Apr 9, 2005 - 4 answers

Recording outgoing phone calls in Linux?

Can I record outgoing phone calls with an external modem in Linux? [more inside]
posted by codger on Apr 5, 2005 - 1 answer

PC Headset for many uses

I would like to buy a voice chat headset for my Windows-2000 based computer to use in UT2004/other games and also with Skype. I would like a quality piece but I don't want to pay a lot of money. Suggestions?
posted by selfnoise on Feb 22, 2005 - 4 answers

Internet Telephony

Internet Telephony - What is the best way - quality and price - to do PC to PC or PC to phone communication with Windows? Headset recommendations (wireless??) ? USB versus soundcard plugs?
posted by srboisvert on Jul 13, 2004 - 1 answer

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