07-02-2004, 10:39 AM
$34.95 Unlimited Calls to USA and Canada
$24.95 Unlimited Local Calls and 500 Long Distance Minutes
$14.99 500 Minutes worth of Call to USA and Canada
FREE Caller ID with Name
FREE Call Waiting
FREE Call Forwarding
FREE Call Transfer
FREE Three Way Calling
Free Calling to Vonage Users
Any area code of your choice
Keep your current number
Virtual Phone Numbers
Toll Free Plus
Great International Rates
Int'l Fees to Canada Waived!
Hong Kong 5¢ /min
London 5¢ /min
Mexico City 6¢ /min
Moscow 5¢ /min
New Delhi 19¢ /min
Paris 5¢ /min
Sydney 6¢ /min
Tel Aviv 6¢ /min
Tokyo 6¢ /min
Anyone want to guess if Telkom is ever going to offer this[?][?][?]
Eish that's wicked, and the average American salary is $3000/month..
Glad 2 see we aren't the most expensive country to call - Somalia is $1.07/minute and we're just $0.09...
Just imagine where SA would be now if it weren't for Telkom
07-02-2004, 10:16 PM
Vonage is a GREAT service. The gadget they send you plugs into your cable modem, and you plug your computer/router into the Vonage modem. All your phones also plug into the Vonage modem. That way it can manage the QoS and prioritize phone calls. (Although I don't think it will affect me on a 10 Mb line.)
You can then pick a primary telephone number. No longer are you restricted to your local area code (i.e. 905 for Greater Toronto Area), but you can pick a number from ANYWHERE in the North American Number Plan (as long as the country code is 1). Why? Because it allows others to call you locally (which means it is free). In addition, you can have additional numbers in other area codes and they will all forward to your main line(s).
So here is what you can do, as an example:
- Main number is a 416 number (Toronto) because I live here. Anyone can call the number, and it will be sent with VoIP and my telephone will ring.
- I also go to university in Waterloo (area code 519). So, for an extra $5 a month, I get a 519 number. That way I can call my parents when I'm in the Waterloo region for free, and not pay long distance.
- Suppose my grandma lives in Florida. I get a local number in Florida for another $5 extra a month. That way, she can call us for free because she is dailling a local number and it will cost her nothing.
- Or, imagine this: you travel to five major cities (New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Miama) regularly. Instead of calling long distance from a hotel, just register five numbers (one in each city), and you can then call locally (for free) to call home.
It is a killer system. It isn't yet available in Canada, but they promised it in February or March. I've already signed up, trying to get rid of Bell Canada.
(My family's toll free number gets carried over too. Toll free calls are charged against your account at 5c a minute [not free] though, but I can then call my family from anywhere in North America, anytime [in case of an emergency] from a payphone free of charge.)