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Thread: Home phone packages

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    Hi,

    When we first got here we set up a phone package which is rental and 'talk it up' ( I believe) basically its about $90.00 a month for the phone..which I think is a bit expensive...we get 6000 minutes a month...which when I first arrived seemed quite appealing, but realistically when I start work next week, we are going to be making weekend calls to the UK and possibly the odd evening weekday.

    I have since been on the providers website ( not sure if I am allowed to post the name??)....and am bamboozled with all the packages...I can't seem to find one that is cheaper and offers a package where you pay a set fee, and get weekend calls in with it. I don't see the point in paying all this money when there is no chance we are going to be on the phone for what equates to 5 hours a day!!

    Anyone care to share what deals you are on? and what you get for your money?

    I don't think the package we are on is really expensive...if we we're going to use it...

    Thanks in advance

    j x

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    Is that cost just for the phone line or does it include broadband?

    If it's just for the phone line then I would say that it is expensive.

    Do you use Skype to phone the UK, it works out cheaper than using the normal phone lines.

    Ian

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    Hi Ian,

    Broadband on top of that!!!!! help!

    No we haven't got a skype phone how does that work??

    J x

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    You can skype from your pc to any phone or other pc in the world.

    www.skype.com

    You need a webcam/microphone or you can get a little actual USB telephone that does this too.

    We have got a basic line rental with Telecom, think its the anytime plan and use the 0161 prefix to make international calls.

    Our internet is now via World Exchange basic cost of $40, then you pay per GB you use. http://www.wxc.co.nz/ there are cheaper packages, but we download things ALOT... so this was the best one for us.

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    Thanks Sal...we have a webcam and a speaker 'thingy' microphone coming over on our container should get it in a couple of weeks hopefully. Are the calls free through skype or have I heard this wrong somewhere??

    on the 0161...do you pay per minute??

    Sorry for all the questions ....

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    we pay $40 for broadband as well

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    0161 then 44etc gets you a reduced rate per minute, a 20-30 min call has cost us no more than $2.

    Skype is free if its pc to pc as no actual telephone lines are involved. If you call house phone, it does cost, but is pretty cheap.

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    thanks sal

    J x

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    we use Skype sometimes, but most often call UK via WebCall Direct http://www.webcalldirect.com/en/index.php
    It's about 10 Euro cents for up to an hour's call and you use your landline phone which connects via the internet. Try the free trial...

    Gil

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    Skype all the way for us

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