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International calls. Or, don't use Ooma to do it...
Posted by: rz
Date: February 05, 2022 06:35PM
I've had Ooma for 7 years, and have never had a problem. Well, now I have one. I need to make an international call to Japan. Their rate is 4 cents a minute. I need to make hotel reservations, so it should take less than 5 minutes (~ 20 cents). But in order to do that, I have to put a minimum of $10 into my account. I asked if whatever's left after my call can be applied to my monthly bill. Nope, it just sits there. At the rate I use it (20 cents every 7 years), it'll take 350 years to use up that $10.

My cell plan is just as bad (AT&T). I can add a monthly plan to call internationally (starts at $15), or pay like $3/minute to call.

Can anyone think of another way I can call internationally for free (or a reasonable price)?
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Re: International calls. Or, don't use Ooma to do it...
Posted by: rz
Date: February 05, 2022 06:41PM
Just looked at Google voice... looks like the same issue there. You have to buy credits, minimum of $10.
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Re: International calls. Or, don't use Ooma to do it...
Posted by: freeradical
Date: February 05, 2022 06:44PM
When I was stationed at Aviano in the late 80's, I had to pay something like $2-3 per minute to call the United States.

That's like $5 per minute in today's dollars.
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Re: International calls. Or, don't use Ooma to do it...
Posted by: Robert M
Date: February 05, 2022 06:44PM
rz,

$0.04 per minute isn't a bad rate at all. Even Google Voice, which is dirt cheap, charges $0.02 to $0.04 per minute.

Personally, I'm inclined to say the amount of time you've spent on this between thinking about it and posting on the forum about it has cost you more than the $10.00 min you'd need to pay Ooma to just make the call. At this point, just drop the bucks, make the call and be done with it.

FWIW, I'm surprised you have to call the hotel to make the reservations. No means for you to do it via the hotel's web site or via something like Orbitz?

Robert
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Re: International calls. Or, don't use Ooma to do it...
Posted by: gadje
Date: February 05, 2022 07:00PM
how much did you save with OOMA over the past 7 years?



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Re: International calls. Or, don't use Ooma to do it...
Posted by: raz
Date: February 05, 2022 07:00PM
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Robert M

FWIW, I'm surprised you have to call the hotel to make the reservations. No means for you to do it via the hotel's web site or via something like Orbitz?

Robert

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Re: International calls. Or, don't use Ooma to do it...
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: February 05, 2022 07:04PM
$10 is the minimum, since they have to process the credit card transaction.
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Re: International calls. Or, don't use Ooma to do it...
Posted by: Robert M
Date: February 05, 2022 07:10PM
rz,

Yup. I had to call Italy and threw about $15 to $20 on my Google Voice account. Still have over $10.00 and it's been there since mid-year 2015. In my case, it was a business call. Didn't even think twice. Just put the money into the account, made the call and got it done. Like I said... You've already spent way too much time thinking about this.

Robert
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Re: International calls. Or, don't use Ooma to do it...
Posted by: Dennis R
Date: February 05, 2022 07:44PM
Do you have a VPN? Can you choose a server in Japan and use wifi calling? Just thinking out loud here.



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Re: International calls. Or, don't use Ooma to do it...
Posted by: Racer X
Date: February 05, 2022 08:48PM
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Do you have a VPN? Can you choose a server in Japan and use wifi calling? Just thinking out loud here.

crafty.

Even a free VPN service should have the bandwidth for a phone call.



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Re: International calls. Or, don't use Ooma to do it...
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: February 06, 2022 07:01AM
Pay Robert a dollar to use his Google voice account credit



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Re: International calls. Or, don't use Ooma to do it...
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: February 06, 2022 07:56AM
I dropped $10 in my Oooma account when we had to talk to a lawyer in Germany. 10 years ago.

I've got about $7 left.

It is nice not to have to worry. I can recall the bad old days when my wife's calls to me in Pakistan ran about $25 for a 10 minute conversation. Or when I used MCI's system to make long distance calls (with a touch tone generator) to my girlfriend (now wife). Still cost around $200 a month. In 1980.

"Operator, I would like to place a collect long distance call to 201-555-1212. "Momitsagirl""
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Re: International calls. Or, don't use Ooma to do it...
Posted by: rz
Date: February 06, 2022 04:24PM
I did finally end up using the hotel's website to make the reservations. Problem was that they only take reservations in 10 day increments, and I am staying for 24 nights. So I had to make 3 reservations. I will try to straighten it out when I get there.
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Re: International calls. Or, don't use Ooma to do it...
Posted by: dk62
Date: February 07, 2022 01:05PM
Skype, Viber, LINE - do they all have minimums? I used Skype for Taiwan the last time, don't remember if I had to put down much more than the call cost.

Ok, so SKYPE and Viber minimum credit is $5.00. Viber is also $5.99/month for unlimited international calls.

LINE has free calls to Japan, US, and some other countries for up to 5 min duration.

WhatsApp does not have the capability of calling land line numbers.



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