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Discussion in 'General Tech & Gadget Forums' started by General Skanky, Jun 21, 2005.

  1. General Skanky

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    From this month's PC Pro.

    www.call18866.co.uk

    Essentially, I'll simply use it as a pre-fix on my normal landline to make a free UK landline call, anywhere, anytime.

    Note, there is a 2p connection fee every call though. But even so, WOW!

    Other tariffs etc available for international and mobile calls.

    VoIP I'm looking at as it matures.
     
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  3. General Skanky

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    Saw it just as you posted. :D

    I've signed up as it seems great.
     
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    Just signed up as well :) Might as well give it a try. Pity I can't seem to get rid of that tariff message before the calls connect
     
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    There was an option to untick when you confirmed your phone number, to not have it.
     
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    I unticked it, but it doesn't seem to have worked, and I can't see any way to reset it :(
     
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    so wheres the catch?

    If something seems to good to be true it usally is, and this sounds to good to be true :D
     
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    Well, I signed up this morning...made 3 x 20 minute local calls, and my 18866 bill stands at 6p. As long as no other charges appear on my normal phone bill, it seems to be a goer :)
     
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    Not so cheap for calling a mobile though........12ppm, as opposed to 13ppm for my normal phone during the day. Evenings stays at 12ppm, whereas my normal cost is 9ppm.
     
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    It's the landline calls for 2p a go that I'm after.

    The wife can gibber for hours to her mum and friends at will.
     
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    I've been using this prefix since October last.

    I have never been invoiced incorrectly. 2p per call - 24x7 (was 1p till recently).

    I have experienced the following glitches:

    1: On two occasions a standard UK call was met with a recorded message - "we do not yet offer calls to this destination". So I used BT. It recovered a few hours later.

    2: On ONE occasion, the recorded announcement told me that my UK call was to be 30 p per minute. And, indeed, that's what was charged. THE SAME DAY it was reversed and the correct 2p flat rate applied.

    All in all - excellent!

    FWIW - they don't collect invoices until you owe them about a fiver.
     
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    Fantastic news.

    So at least we know it's a genuine working set up. :)
     
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    Log on at www.call18866.com and go into your personal details.

    The option to turn it off is in there under 'Your Telephone Numbers'.
     
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    ....but I recommend you leave it on. The tariff message is (they say, and in my experience) always accurate to what they'll charge. And they do make the odd mistake - see my post above.

    So, for example, if they have a glitch that makes your inland UK call 30p per minute, you can hang up before it connects and dial via BT or whatever - but only if you have the message enabled. Not that they won't put such a mistake right, but you may feel the need to email them or something.
     

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