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    US free mobile calls

    This is a discussion on US free mobile calls within the Sky Talk forums, part of the Other Sky help and support category; Can anyone clarify what Sky mean when they say that their Unlimited package includes free calls to US & Canada ...

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      US free mobile calls

      Can anyone clarify what Sky mean when they say that their Unlimited package includes free calls to US & Canada mobiles.

      My daughter will be in the States for a year so if she buys a cheap pay as you go mobile once she's there will I be able to ring her for free? Or could she take her current mobile (which can be used in the States) and we would be able to use that?

      We have Skype but she's not always on the laptop when I want to speak to her.

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      Re: US free mobile calls

      Quote Originally Posted by Skystories View Post
      Can anyone clarify what Sky mean when they say that their Unlimited package includes free calls to US & Canada mobiles.

      My daughter will be in the States for a year so if she buys a cheap pay as you go mobile once she's there will I be able to ring her for free? Or could she take her current mobile (which can be used in the States) and we would be able to use that?

      We have Skype but she's not always on the laptop when I want to speak to her.

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      Think the American mobile PAYS to receive calls.
      Sending a TEXT to her current mobile when she is in USA is FREE.

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      Re: US free mobile calls

      US mobiles are allocated the same local number ranges as landline phones, so it is virtually impossible to tell whether a number is landline or mobile. I don't know whether the UK telecom companies can distinguish numbers but every one I have used treats all +1 numbers the same.

      Don't even think about using a UK mobile in the US. She would have to pay to have calls redirected from the UK. If it is unlocked, then T-Mobile and others do reasonable SIM-only deals. As the last poster said, expect to pay to receive calls. A lot of providers also charge to receive texts.

      When I am in the USA I use T-Mobile. A $100 card has 12 months validity, costs around 10 cents/min to receive calls and 5 cents for every text received. She needs to think carefully about how she would use a mobile and shop around. PAYG deals (and coverage) vary wildly depending on which part of the country you are in.

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      Re: US free mobile calls

      do the 3 Skype mobile phones work in the US?

      I got my mother in law one of these for xmas and she loves it you can use Skype and it's a mobile phone.

      May be worth finding out as even if your daughter has to pay for bandwidth it should be cheaper than a mobile call.
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      Re: US free mobile calls

      [QUOTE=Mr Spouse;226003]US mobiles are allocated the same local number ranges as landline phones, so it is virtually impossible to tell whether a number is landline or mobile. I don't know whether the UK telecom companies can distinguish numbers but every one I have used treats all +1 numbers the same.

      So if mobiles & landlines have the same local number is that why Sky would offer free calls to both? Then surely if my daughter got a US sim card, if I was to call from the UK using Sky Unlimited then theoretically the call should be free for both of us. Or am I missing something?

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      Re: US free mobile calls

      Mr Spouse is correct - US mobiles aren't like ours, hey have "normal" phone umbers - And I have a large number of relatives in Chicago, Florida and a couple of other places NONE of whom have landlines - All mobiles... Can confirm that my calls to these have always been FREE upto an hour.....

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      Re: US free mobile calls

      Quote Originally Posted by GSMGuy View Post
      I have a large number of relatives in Chicago, Florida and a couple of other places NONE of whom have landlines - All mobiles... Can confirm that my calls to these have always been FREE upto an hour.....
      Yes, to you (the caller in the UK using Sky Talk Anytime). But the U.S. mobile owner in the USA still has to pay to receive your call.
      Want to save on your phone costs? Click HERE then.

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      Re: US free mobile calls

      Thats naughty!

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      Re: US free mobile calls

      Many networks in Singapore and previously in Japan required you to pay when you received calls. It is or at least was, an obvious ploy to encourage calls when the caller would have no or little cost to themselves. However, this was all before price plans and the like and should be relegated to history IMHO. For example, in Singapore, you actually look to see how much it will cost you to receive calls rather than how good the product is etc. That has to be wrong.

     

     

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