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LarryInNYC
(@larryinnyc)

I have a new Galaxy Nexus. I'm looking for the best solution that will allow me, while overseas, to initiate calls to the US (or other countries). Research indicates that Skype is limited on mobile devices. But what works better? Fring? Google Talk?

For some of the calls (to family) I can pre-load the desktop version of the software so that I'll be making calls with product specific clients at both ends. But for other calls I'll want to be able to call a phone number in the receiving country.

I'll be using the service from Italy this spring and from SE Asia in the summer.

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Posted : February 20, 2012 4:48 pm
 Anonymous

Viber, for mobile-to-mobile VOIP

L.E. - direct link to Android Market:
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.viber.voip

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Posted : February 20, 2012 5:12 pm
sobore
(@sobore)

I have been using GrooveIP with my Google voice account.
Nimbuzz lets you makes free calls to other Nimbuzz users, also is an IM tool and cheap international calls.

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Posted : February 20, 2012 5:33 pm
LarryInNYC
(@larryinnyc)

Alexandru Bilan, post: 1222719, member: 58947 wrote: Viber, for mobile-to-mobile VOIP

Does not appear to allow calling out to regular phone numbers, only to other Viber clients.

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Posted : February 20, 2012 5:37 pm
emajy
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While in Germany I used a combination of Skype and Google. Bought an unlimited data plan from O2. Worked extremely well. Paid $10 for Skype out so I could call any where in the US and used Google to text message.

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Posted : February 20, 2012 6:53 pm
Espan
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LarryInNYC, post: 1222681, member: 44255 wrote: I have a new Galaxy Nexus. I'm looking for the best solution that will allow me, while overseas, to initiate calls to the US (or other countries). Research indicates that Skype is limited on mobile devices. But what works better? Fring? Google Talk?

Thanks for heads up. I've been thinking about jumping into Android, and had only assumed Skype would be fully functional. Must research this more. Windows Phone?

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Posted : February 20, 2012 10:08 pm
HaveMilesWillTravel
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LarryInNYC, post: 1222681, member: 44255 wrote: I have a new Galaxy Nexus. I'm looking for the best solution that will allow me, while overseas, to initiate calls to the US (or other countries). Research indicates that Skype is limited on mobile devices.

Could you elaborate what limitations you found? Thanks!

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Posted : February 21, 2012 1:41 am
TAHKUCT
(@tahkuct)

Have been using Fring with my SIP account from a localphone (see my signature for my referral link) Frings international rates are not cheap. Using SIP account from localphone.co, you can call US and Canada for under a penny and very cheap calls to European numbers. Check their website for rates

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Posted : February 21, 2012 3:18 am
LarryInNYC
(@larryinnyc)

HaveMilesWillTravel, post: 1223817, member: 648 wrote: Could you elaborate what limitations you found? Thanks!

Skype has a partnership with Verizon and their service offers limited or no usage over WIFI depending on where you are. For instance, I believe that within the US you can't use the product across WIFI at all.

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Posted : February 21, 2012 3:51 am
HaveMilesWillTravel
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LarryInNYC, post: 1224277, member: 44255 wrote: Skype has a partnership with Verizon and their service offers limited or no usage over WIFI depending on where you are. For instance, I believe that within the US you can't use the product across WIFI at all.

Ah, and you can't install or use the non VZ-version of Skype on VZ Android devices?

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Posted : February 21, 2012 4:04 am
beaktor
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sobore, post: 1222748, member: 574 wrote: I have been using GrooveIP with my Google voice account.
Nimbuzz lets you makes free calls to other Nimbuzz users, also is an IM tool and cheap international calls.

I've had good luck using Groove IP as well, calling from Hong Kong, Vietnam, London, and Romania. With a Google Voice account, it means that you can call US numbers for free. Normally, you can dial from the computer (via Google Chat).

What the app does is use the same communications protocol that Google Voice understands natively, so anywhere you have a good quality internet connection, you can dial. I've found that voice quality on wifi is significantly better than on 3G. If your connection isn't great, you can hear fine but your caller will complain of your choppy voice quality.

You can even receive calls as well, but it's been a little less reliable because no other GChat client can be logged in at the same time.

It's been an indispensable tool for international travel, and I think one of the big benefits of an Android phone. With wifi, all calls to the US are free (and to other parts of the world for cheap.) While it's a bit rough around the edges (i.e. my screen must be on to hear) -- it'll work fine in non-daily usage when traveling.

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Posted : February 21, 2012 4:39 am
SirRagnar
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LarryInNYC, post: 1222681, member: 44255 wrote: I have a new Galaxy Nexus. I'm looking for the best solution that will allow me, while overseas, to initiate calls to the US (or other countries). Research indicates that Skype is limited on mobile devices. But what works better? Fring? Google Talk?

I've used Skype for that for a long time on a Nexus S. It works just as well as on my PC, so I am puzzled about the limitations you experience.
If you can't get it functioning try to have a look for alternatives here: http://alternativeto.net/software/skype/?platform=android

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Posted : February 21, 2012 5:17 am
LarryInNYC
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SirRagnar, post: 1224554, member: 900 wrote: I've used Skype for that for a long time on a Nexus S. It works just as well as on my PC, so I am puzzled about the limitations you experience.

My comments are not coming from experience, but rather from research.

Are you using Skype across WIFI on a Verizon phone?

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Posted : February 21, 2012 1:19 pm
LarryInNYC
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TAHKUCT, post: 1224169, member: 1995 wrote: Have been using Fring with my SIP account from a localphone (see my signature for my referral link) Frings international rates are not cheap. Using SIP account from localphone.co, you can call US and Canada for under a penny and very cheap calls to European numbers. Check their website for rates

I'm not clear why you would use Fring and localphone together. Are they not essential competitive products offering an external way of making VOIP calls?

Fring states that their rates for "Fring Out" calling (IP client to regular phone numbers) are one cent per minute when calling to a US landline or mobile number. Is that not your experience?

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Posted : February 21, 2012 1:21 pm
TAHKUCT
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LarryInNYC, post: 1225224, member: 44255 wrote: I'm not clear why you would use Fring and localphone together. Are they not essential competitive products offering an external way of making VOIP calls?

Fring states that their rates for "Fring Out" calling (IP client to regular phone numbers) are one cent per minute when calling to a US landline or mobile number. Is that not your experience?

I use localphone mainly because it permits me to forward my calls to any number in the world. For example, I travel to Germany and get a SIM card there with a new number. I can forward my US cell number to ring on that number.
Using Fring, permits me to run only 1 app to make calls and also be able to IM. Plus Fring rates to make calls to other countries, but US and Canada are much more expensive. When I have data service overseas, I use Fring app to call local numbers using LocalPhone SIP for much cheaper rates then Fring.

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Posted : February 21, 2012 1:28 pm
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