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Friday, January 27, 2006

VoipStunt – Free call is just a click away

Sometime ago I tried a service called VoIP Buster, which offered free (first minute only)PC-to-landline calls to most of the developed world. Since one free minute is not much of an attraction, I gave up on VoIP Buster after trying it out once.

Recently I heard about VoIPStunt and the good thing is that this service offers unlimited free calls to landlines in US, UK, Singapore, Europe, ANZ and a host of other countries. I tried out VoIP Stunt and the call clarity is quite good. I obtained this info from the DesiPundit styled Tamil blog called Gilli.

Where does India stand?

All the free services have historically neglected the developing world (including India). Call rates from a foreign country to India have always been priced ridiculously high (when compared to rates to most other countries). All the long distance carriers seem to be making lot of money from homesick desis. After seeing the rates you get a feeling that you are being taken for a ride. Even the so-called new age services like Skype charge as much 0.12 Euros to Indian destinations. At this price, Skype will be much more expensive than the costliest calling card / service in the market. This is probably once reason why Skype calls to India have not really taken off.

It’s the same situation when you talk about airfares to India. Although airfares have come down a bit, the fares to comparable distances are much much cheaper. I sincerely hope that these anomalies vanish in the coming years. That will be the day when we can really say, “Now everyone can fly”.

Update: I stand corrected; VoIPStunt is not an unlimited free service. There is a cap on the number of free calls. You need to pay 10 Euros to enjoy free unlimited calls.

5 Comments:

  • Actually, the rates are high because any VoIP provider would still have to pay interconnect and carriage charges to the local loop provider. These are artificially high in India.

    By Anonymous Aadisht Khanna, at 11:18 PM  

  • thanks a lot for the link.

    By Blogger crsathish, at 12:14 AM  

  • Thanks much.. This is a very useful information for me. I was actually on the lookout for a freebie VoIP service to landlines.

    By Blogger Siva, at 2:46 AM  

  • Thank you very much...it is very useful information for long distance call card...

    By Blogger king, at 12:47 PM  

  • India: I looked it up but 5 eurocents per minute is not that much now is it?

    By Anonymous fybro, at 4:50 PM  

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