Iakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3310 posts, RR: 36 Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1109 times:
Truly impossible since the link is partly on an phone operator's network and this one charges for "terminating" the call, i.e. for completing the loop. Callanyware works quite well and is very inexpensive.
Iakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3310 posts, RR: 36 Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1104 times:
Free calling is only possible as long as the loop (sender to receiver and vice-versa) remains on the internet.
Skype, Yahoo, MSN messenger and many other programs allow this, sometimes with first-class quality (eg. Skype).
As soon as the loop includes telephone operators' lines (fixed or wireless), a $ counter starts clicking.
In public telephony, when a call is placed from a party in network A towards a party in network B, the calling party is charged by both A and B.
B is the originating network, B the terminating network.
In your phone bill you see only the cumulated charges, but you are charged by both.
Iakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3310 posts, RR: 36 Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1063 times:
Sorry, I saw your reply but did not figure out at first that it was a question.
You have Skype installed on your PC and your correspondent as well: you can talk (and exchange text messages) as long as you want, free of charge, YES.
I assume that you have no internet connection time charges.
Requirements for Skype:W2000 or XP, a 64kbps connection.
Note: apparently Skype will not remain free of charge for a long time. I believe they are in the last stages of beta-testing and will thereafter charge a fixed.
Still the quality is usually (much) superior to regular phone, so if you use it regularly for international connections, it should very well remain a perfect alternative.
Many people are using it for professional purposes...