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Cheap fone calls to Russia (Moscow)
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MKZ4522
Posted 2013-03-01 8:37 PM (#56398)
Subject: Cheap fone calls to Russia (Moscow)
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Hello everybody

Can anybody advise or recommend a provider for cheap international phone calls to Russia. There seems to be a multitude of choice but it would be great to get your advice on the best and maybe even those to avoid.

Thanks in anticipation.
TonyH
Posted 2013-03-02 7:47 AM (#56399 - in reply to #56398)
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If you both have smart phones use the viber app
Rasboinik
Posted 2013-03-02 1:24 PM (#56404 - in reply to #56398)
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Another option is to use Lebara

9p     /min to Mobile   
5p     /min to Landline   
12p     SMS

 

 http://www.lebara.co.uk/prepay/rates

adam wolves
Posted 2013-03-02 4:41 PM (#56407 - in reply to #56398)
Subject: RE: Cheap fone calls to Russia (Moscow)
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Nice thread, our Broadband contract with Orange is finishing on the 27 March.We had a second line connected to the Orange livebox Broadband with inclusive calls to Russia £5.11 .Oh well all good things come to an end.
I spoke to an Orange advisor and Russia is no longer included in their package and he recommended a Tesco International calling card Russia is 1p/min to landline and 6p/min to a mobile, i will do a little more research before renewing my broadband contract.
TonyH
Posted 2013-03-02 6:30 PM (#56409 - in reply to #56398)
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Talk talk include Russia for a landline
adam wolves
Posted 2013-03-02 7:16 PM (#56411 - in reply to #56398)
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Thank's Tony i'm open to any information where saving money is concerned ,i can't seem to find Russia on the 36 countries list.

International Calls Boost destinations
Unlimited calls to landlines in 36 international countries.


Australia
Austria
Azores
Belgium
Bulgaria
Canada
Canary Island
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Gibraltar
Greece
Hungary
Ireland

Italy
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Madeira
Malta
Netherlands
New Zealand
North Cyprus
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
U.S.A
simon
Posted 2013-03-02 7:53 PM (#56412 - in reply to #56398)
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Skype is great if you can.
adam wolves
Posted 2013-03-02 8:17 PM (#56413 - in reply to #56398)
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Thank's Simon we have skype but my wife's daughter does not, i have offered to buy a laptop.When they do talk on skype everybody seems to get more upset if they see each other,then again they could turn the video off.

Thank's
senwd
Posted 2013-03-02 10:38 PM (#56414 - in reply to #56398)
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Depending on who it is we're trying to call we use either Skype or Auracall (buy credit, dial a UK 03 number and get connected that way. With us, calling the 03 number is included as "free" as part of our mobile contracts).

(edit: Auracall used to be cheaper than most other similar types of provider - even cheaper than Skype. I'll admit that I haven't checked their prices recently but usually been competitive when I have checked)

Edited by senwd 2013-03-02 10:41 PM
TonyH
Posted 2013-03-03 5:24 PM (#56418 - in reply to #56398)
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It's changed a little.... It now costs a fiver for 500 minutes

This Link works

https://sales.talktalk.co.uk/product/boost/18213
senwd
Posted 2013-03-06 7:50 PM (#56444 - in reply to #56414)
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senwd - 2013-03-02 10:38 PM

Depending on who it is we're trying to call we use either Skype or Auracall (buy credit, dial a UK 03 number and get connected that way. With us, calling the 03 number is included as "free" as part of our mobile contracts).

(edit: Auracall used to be cheaper than most other similar types of provider - even cheaper than Skype. I'll admit that I haven't checked their prices recently but usually been competitive when I have checked)


I checked the current Auracall rates (buy credits online)

From mobile to:

to landline 3.65p/min
to mobile 6.10p/min

From landline to:

to landline 5p/min
to mobile 4p/min

this for their T-Talk service.

MKZ4522
Posted 2013-03-06 9:12 PM (#56447 - in reply to #56398)
Subject: Re: Cheap fone calls to Russia (Moscow)
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Thanks everybody, I thought it waqs going to be quite simple and with one or two stand out options but it seems that not the case. I agree skype is the first best option but sometimes you need to call Russia for other reasons than just friends and family which was really the purpose of my question. The best I have found for land line numbers is planet at what appears to be 1p per minute although we havent used it yet. Please see the link if you are interested.

http://www.planet-numbers.co.uk/phone_russia.jsp

peter northampton
Posted 2013-03-17 3:25 AM (#56607 - in reply to #56398)
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I explored this issue recently and realised that it's important to read the small print. A lot of the companies offering cheap international calls rely on '08.....' numbers. Some of these numbers cost a lot to call - depending on who you get your landline through. With my landline supplier they were expensive.

My conclusion was to go for the Tesco International Calling Card for calling Russia from the UK and I find it very good. They have a free Android App which I use and also they were offering a free £1 top up to try the service (this may still be operational? and not sure about conditions/who gets free top up):
http://phone-shop.tesco.com/broadband-and-home-phone/international-...

also see:
http://phone-shop.tesco.com/broadband-and-home-phone/international-...

They also have an iphone app.

I think it's possible to also use the card number and pin on other phones once you have credit (you have to request the pin from the Android App or I think you can do it online). There is something about ' No connection fee* (calls made via App only)'. I have no idea what this means

Must say I am impressed with them and the line quality is good. Calls to a Moscow landline are currently 1p a minute:
http://phone-shop.tesco.com/broadband-and-home-phone/international-...

But note that on top of these charges you call an 020 number (I think). So this comes out of any 'free allowance' you may have with your mobile company.

Finally, I cannot remember if there is a time limit to use credit on the Tesco card. Worth checking.

Totally separate issue but I am on Ovivo mobile (Vodafone network) and I use their free package:

http://ovivomobile.com/ (150mins, 150 text and 400mb all free). You can buy additional packs if you want them. Just thought I would mention it. Also worth noting is that their customer service is good - they respond quickly to emails in my experience.

All the best

Peter

Edited by peter northampton 2013-03-17 3:44 AM
yoah
Posted 2013-03-20 8:48 PM (#56674 - in reply to #56398)
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Elena has got an International Bolt On from O2 which I believe gives her 3000 minutes per month for three landline numbers. We also have a Talkmobile SIM card via Carphone Warehouse - http://www.talkmobile.co.uk/roaming.html

Edited by yoah 2013-03-20 8:50 PM
stuey
Posted 2013-03-22 1:31 PM (#56702 - in reply to #56674)
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Have been using VOIP for years, only 2ppm (+5p connection charge). MIL has recently gone out and bought a laptop so now it's skype for free, saving the VOIP for when she can't turn on the skype (first time computer user).
CDG
Posted 2014-05-23 10:06 PM (#61797 - in reply to #56412)
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simon - 2013-03-02 7:53 PM

Skype is great if you can.

I asked the same question on here before after my wife's Vodaphone International Option was not becoming available anymore (She used to pay £30 a month).

My missus now calls her mum's mobile phone (her mum doesn't have Skype) and lives in Lenigrad Oblast.

The cost is around £10 a month, I don't know how many minutes she gets but I think it might be something like 600.

I'm sure there is not a better deal available when the other person doesn't have Skype and you are calling a Russian mobile.

Cheers



timco
Posted 2014-05-25 11:02 AM (#61805 - in reply to #61797)
Subject: Re: Cheap fone calls to Russia (Moscow)
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CDG - 2014-05-23 10:06 PM

simon - 2013-03-02 7:53 PM

Skype is great if you can.

I asked the same question on here before after my wife's Vodaphone International Option was not becoming available anymore (She used to pay £30 a month).

Bugger it does not cover Russia anymore..... I was looking for a reason never to use Voda again this does it! There is a small amount via T-mobile for £10 a month not sure this covers Russia though.

Tesco International calling card is another option although this is by some form of Voip, 1p per min to landlines 6p to mobiles. (+4p per call)

If you have inclusive calls on your mobile or landline the number you dial is included in these.

Visualife
Posted 2014-05-28 4:36 PM (#61841 - in reply to #61805)
Subject: Re: Cheap fone calls to Russia (Moscow)
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hi guys,
kinda new here but on the UK mobile to Russian mobile front the cheapest i've found is Lebara, but not the standard tarrif.

If you pop £20 onto your account you can then 'buy' 500 international minutes which work to call a Russian mobile which works out about 4ppm.

the upside is that the call quality is completely fine unlike a lot of the other services like Skype etc and some other cheap options is that they effectively compress the sound and transfer it via the internet then uncompress it which means you loose some of the upper and lower audio ranges = doesn't sound as nice.

The O2 £10 for 3000 to landlines, 100 to mobile + call back is good if they have a landline but seems most Russians simply don't and the advertised 'call me' number isn't an option for Russians.

hope that helps, Rich
AbhishekGuptaa
Posted 2014-05-29 10:13 AM (#61846 - in reply to #56398)
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cheap International calls app

I use Smartgroschen app for cheap calls, which provides calls with high quality voice calls. We can also use this apps for voip calls, chat with video clips, pictures and your current position on the map. Smartgroschen is an instant messenger that allows you to connect with any Smartgroschen-user worldwide for free.Signup and get 0.50 euro.
Barnaby
Posted 2014-06-16 8:59 AM (#62154 - in reply to #56398)
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Hi, You can make phone calls from your android tablet/ipad (without sim card) using voip app. I use Smartgroshen app, simple, good quality of voice and sync with your phone contacts.
DeaconStreet
Posted 2014-06-16 10:39 AM (#62155 - in reply to #56398)
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