dear all, i need to call very often europe (west), USA and China: what VoIP company do you think should fit better for me? I'm looking for a flat rate, so at the end of month, i already know how much i'll be going to pay for thanks robert
Are these plans really a good deal for most folks when compared to the ala carte plans at 1 to 2 cents/minute? I guess I can't picture a situation where I'd be spending over 1,000 minutes on the phone per month when averaged over the whole year.
Having mobile numbers in both the US and Switzerland, and observing that my US mobile rate package has a monthly bundle with more minutes than I ever use, I can report from experience the US charging scheme wins big. (Technically, we have our problems with at least three incompatible systems, but that's a separate issue from the rates.) We also have the option to port numbers back and forth between landline and mobile, which will never happen in caller-pays land.
The problem with caller pays is that there's no competitive price pressure on incoming rates, so they all stay way overpriced. My US monthly bundle gives me 1250 minutes for $30, which would be under 3 cpm if I used them all. At that price, I don't care about the occasional wrong number.
Given that most US mobile plans have more minutes included than you can ever use, the use of a few of them for the odd unwanted call is minimal and more than offset by the advantage to the caller of not paying through the nose.