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AP Phone Home - Cheaper. -- Calling anywhere from my cell in Germany, using my home VOIP rates

By Andrew Pollack on 03/02/2009 at 05:28 AM EST

My cost to call home to the US from my German cell phone is now essentially the same as it is for anyone in Germany calling to anyone else in Germany from a cell phone.

Call costs in Europe are very different from the pricing structure in the US. Calls TO cell phones cost more than calls to land lines. Call from cell phones have various rates depending on your carrier, plan, and who you're calling. I'm using an O2 Loop account with an unlocked Nokia phone I bought for 40 Euro last time I was here. With this plan, like most plans here, incoming calls are free while I'm in Germany. SMS messages sent are very inexpensive, but calling out to the US is very expensive.

Here's what I've done:

From my cell phone, I send an SMS message. It routes quickly though a gateway and into my Domino server where it lands in a mail in database.

A pre-delivery agents instantly picks it up, and drops an entry into a queue for Asterisk.

Asterisk (my VOIP server) dials my cell phone in Germany. The rate for that is 22 cents per minute billed in 6 second intervals. That's because its a cell phone. Calling a land line in Germany is only 1.6 cents per minute. The difference is the carrier cost..

When I answer the cell phone -- now a "free" incoming call on that phone -- my Asterisk server prompts me for a number. I enter whatever number I want to call and Asterisk connects the call as it would if I were dialing from my home office. Total call cost is now radically less than making a call to the US from the cell phone would otherwise be.


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re: AP Phone Home - Cheaper. -- Calling anywhere from my cell in Germany, using my home VOIP ratesBy Andre H on 03/02/2009 at 08:17 AM EST
Hi Andrew, that's pretty impressive thanks for sharing!!

What I like to do when calling abroad from a mobile is to use
http://www.Rebtel.com which as far as I know is the only provider to offer free
international calls from moible to mobile. The way it works is you convert the
phone numbers of your friends to loal ones (in your example German ones) then
you call your friend and either speak to him and pay Rebtels low rates or ask
him to call the local number (a town near the person you called) he got on his
display. You do not hang up but stay on the line and Rebtel connects you once
he calls back. Total cost of call / you pay the german call (local) and your
friend pays his local call. The international part is free. Rebtel has saved my
international relationship as I like to call on the go and not be tied to a
computer (aka skype).
re: AP Phone Home - Cheaper. -- Calling anywhere from my cell in Germany, using my home VOIP ratesBy Bob Balaban on 03/02/2009 at 03:06 PM EST
I've been using Skype to "phone" home when on the road. Skype-to-skype
connections are free (but you have to have a good Internet connection or it
doesn't work well) Even if I use "skype-out" to call a US phone number, it's
only $0.02/minute.

Now, if I could get Skype on my Blackberry, I'd really be all set....
re: AP Phone Home - Cheaper. -- Calling anywhere from my cell in Germany, using my home VOIP ratesBy ray on 03/13/2009 at 05:13 PM EDT
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Ciaocellular.com is offering 5$ free credit when you signup, that is up to free
300 minutes of talk time. This can be used to make about 100 minutes to
landline or 125 minutes to cell phones in India, or 263 minutes to Germany,
Italy & most of Europe, or 50 minutes to Philippines.
To avail the free offers, just create an account by entering your email address
and password here. You will be able to register up to 5 phone numbers which
wonu2019t require any pin to enter while calling. Confirm your email and for
calling purpose you need to enter your Credit Card information to verify and
avoid fake registrations. Your credit card will not be charged for your Free
Trial and it uses secure http(s) protocol for registrations.
Just dial one of their access numbers, and then enter your destination number.
It has access numbers in about 17 countries. After finishing the free minutes,
you have an option to buy some credit and the call rates are very competitive
(India at 4cents/minute). www.Ciaocellular.com seems to be a very good deal. I
hope this helps.


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