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Discussion in 'Expat Section' started by charlyB, Mar 3, 2024.

  1. charlyB

    charlyB DI Senior Member

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    For many years i have used Skype when i need to make a call to the UK but over the last few years it has changed so much that for me it has become harder and harder to use.
    I am looking for an alternative so can anybody in the forum recommend another company or app similar to Skype ?
     
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    You can say that again. If someone has a better suggestion I'm all ears.

    If it's not broke don't fix it.
     
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    Alternatives. Most Apps are more complicated then need be. These creators never leave well enough alone.
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    WhatsApp, works well for me, Calls, Video call or photographs, no problem.
     
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    The only places i have to call in the UK is my bank or credit card company and i don't think they are connected to whats app, viber or facetime.
     
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    Forgive my ignorance,but whats the difference between those and Skype?
    I use WhatsApp only, just to keep in touch with friends
     
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    There is "Viber Out", but I have not used it. I find skype ( using a phone number in the UK I purchased) okay as I call family members who have no idea what an app is - the only issue is when the internet is weak.
     
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    There's 3 types of international calls that save money compared to actually making an international telephone call.
    1. Friends, family, anyone who is reachable over the internet: use whatsapp, messenger, or any app in Crystalhead's list above, common requirement is that both parties have the app.
    2. Calls to companies / parties who only have a phone number but don't need to call you back: use voip calls (Voice over ip) through something like DialNow to make a cheap call (for most countries around 2 cents per minute or less) where at your end the call is made through an app (internet) but in the receiving country it gets directed to a regular phone number (landline or mobile).
    3. When you need to be reachable without the other party incurring high costs to call you, and you wish to enable that: you need a local number in the country of origin with a forwarding service for calls through the internet.
    I would say though that if it's really urgent they can place a short call directly to my number here after which I can call them back. If a 2 $/€/£ call is too much to ask in an emergency then pffft.
     
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