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    Sky Talk Unlimited - Calling Abroad?

    This is a discussion on Sky Talk Unlimited - Calling Abroad? within the Sky Talk forums, part of the Other Sky help and support category; Hello, I wonder if somebody could clarify something for me. I am on Sky Talk Unlimited and I understand this ...

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      Sky Talk Unlimited - Calling Abroad?

      Hello, I wonder if somebody could clarify something for me. I am on Sky Talk Unlimited and I understand this includes free calls to 20 international destinations.

      I would like to call the USA and was just wondering whether there is any special number I have to dial first or do I simply dial the normal number and this will still connect free of charge as included in the unlimited package?

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      Re: Sky Talk Unlimited - Calling Abroad?

      Calls to mobiles in Canada and US are also free. Calls to 118 numbers have gone up recently, anything from 88p to over 3.
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      Re: Sky Talk Unlimited - Calling Abroad?

      Yes I rang a mate in LA on his mobile yesterday for 2 hours. Dropped the call and blamed it on the network. He would laugh if he knew we had the hour limit :/

      Sick and tired of living in a third world country :/

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      Re: Sky Talk Unlimited - Calling Abroad?

      Quote Originally Posted by williammorris View Post
      Sick and tired of living in a third world country :/
      An International call for free? This isn't a third world service.

      I recall my Dad having to book a time slot in order to call from Gibraltar to the UK in the 70s. The call was very hard to understand and only limited to a few minutes. International calls now are crystal clear and don't experience the same time lags that you used yo have.

      I often chat with friends in 1 hour stints. Just briefly explain that I've got to hang up & redial to keep the call free and they are fine with it.

      Could your friend call the UK for free for a whole hour to your mobile?
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      Yes he could. Seems Verizon have good deals on that

      Calls are free In the us with no limits. Internet used to be like that too with everyone on aol hooked up to their local can and it being part of the phone service

      Compared to them yes we are. We are just getting FTTC it's been out years elsewhere


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      Re: Sky Talk Unlimited - Calling Abroad?

      I can assure you that much of the USA does not have Fibre Broadband.

      I have been chatting on the Netgear forums with people across the globe who also have ADSL Broadband issues. Many are on ADSL1.

      It is a mammoth task to replace all the copper telephone wiring with a good quality Fibre Optic based network.

      Growth in the UK has been organic. The USA, for example, uses a street design based upon an idea first used in Saltaire, West Yorkshire by Sir Titus Salt. Their towns and cities were very much more planned than ours.

      Records of the underground services are appalling in this country. Tree routes are often found growing in to the ducting.

      Basically, as much as we would love Fibre to be instantly rolled out to everyone, it is going to take a few years to complete the task. I do accept that the UK has been slow to start this process, but it is happening.

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      Re: Sky Talk Unlimited - Calling Abroad?

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      I can assure you that much of the USA does not have Fibre Broadband.
      Yes, but there is a lot more cable availability in the USA so they don't have nearly as many problems as the UK does.

      Basically, if BT had upgraded the phone lines 20 years ago (they could have done!) we wouldn't have these problems!

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      Re: Sky Talk Unlimited - Calling Abroad?

      Quote Originally Posted by Gigabit View Post
      Basically, if BT had upgraded the phone lines 20 years ago (they could have done!) we wouldn't have these problems!
      Agreed, but do remember that it was only in 1993 that it was privatised. Before then it was very much run like a Government Institution.

      I saw one of their large offices whilst I was a college. They had kit that was ancient by the the standards of then, let alone today. Things have moved on and photographs of the dials in the exchange are no longer required to generate bills.

      The USA had Cable Television in 1950. We only saw it's introduction in the 90s. Many areas have not been hooked up to CATV and many people who live in cul-de-sacs feel extremely left out when the local Cable company forgot their road.

      The UK market is considerably smaller than the USA. We might share a similar language, but the rules and regulations are quite different, along with geographical constraints.

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