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Sat 17 Jun 2006

Calling Down Under

Category : mac and the internet

Recently, a group of my friends had to call Australia regularly. They brought along a prepaid card to our initial sessions. It cost $10 for 60 - 80 minutes of conversation depending on the provider, which worked out to about 12-17 cents per minute.

Thinking to save us the need to buy a prepaid card each week, I looked up the budget rates of Singapore's three providers' and was shocked when I realised they cost about 40 cents/minute.

Then one day I saw a bus ad for Phoenix Comms and signed up shortly after. Their off-peak rate to Australia is 5 cents/min. I could chose to have to charged to a credit card which was nice but it meant we'd be restricted to the landline at home. But that happened to fit our needs.

Since our friend down under doesn't have access to a computer, I never considered Skype. But her low audibility made me think about using an external speaker. The audio feedback when I tried that was to loud, so VOIP beckoned.

I tried it out yesterday evening, loved the audio quality (vastly superior to iChat AV), and realised Skype has a computer to landline function that costs 3.4 cents/minute. With the mobility of my mac if I needed it.

I'll try it next week and see.

For mac-pc video conferencing, SiteSpeed was suggested by the latest issue of MacWorld. Skype Video for Mac is still not available else it seems it'll be king. iVisit is just not straightforward enough and best forgotten for the moment.

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