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Using Speed Dial for Low International Calls

I recently got a bit of a shock when I received my latest mobile phone bill with some astronomical charges related to some international phone calls for which I had been charged between $0.30 and $0.60 per minute…

Not wanting to have a repeat of this episode next month I began to look for a solution that would provide me with cheaper international calls on my Treo.  I eventually found a company which provided me with a local access number to call from which I could then dial any international number that I wanted at a significantly reduced rate of between $0.03 and $0.06 per minute – a saving of 90% over my wireless carrier rate.

Since the cost of calls to my top 5 international recipients accounted for over 80% of the total I simply needed to set these few numbers up so that I could dial them via my new low cost international provider.  The simplest way to do this proved to be the Speed Dial option in the Favorites Button which conveniently allows me to set my access number first and then by clicking ‘More’ to add some extra digits with the international number that I want to use.


The only thing that I needed to add were two commas before the number with each setting a one second pause before the extra digits are dialed.  Finally the ‘#’ is simply a requirement of my low cost provider to action the call.

My current Speed Dial solution is not perfect because I would much prefer to have a dedicated application through which I can place _all_ of my international calls but I opted for simplicity and speed in this particular case.  Alternatively, if you have needs for a more versatile and full-featured solution, I know that many Treonauts have found TAKEphONE to be an excellent choice.

Treonauts are always optimizing their calls

Posted by Andrew on November 30, 2005 at 11:46 AM

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by Blake Washington | Nov 30, 2005 2:05:29 PM

ANDREW: If you don't mind, who is your wireless carrier?

by Leo B | Nov 30, 2005 4:36:58 PM

Ok, I'll bite: what is the name of this new long distance provider?

And I assume it can be also used from landlines too -though with Sunrocket, I already pay pretty low rates from home, just need something for the road now.

by Blake Washington | Nov 30, 2005 6:08:18 PM

Andrew: It's totally out of curiousity, but I was only wondering what service carrier you have because I value your opinion and insight.

by Joshua | Nov 30, 2005 6:46:00 PM

I too am curious. who do you use for your access carrier

by MCO | Nov 30, 2005 9:39:51 PM

I've been doing this for years with Nobelcom to call my family in the UK. For $20 I get about 14 hours of talk time to a UK landline and about 2 to a mobile. They have local and 800 numbers. Super service, good lines which I'm sure from the lo-fi quality are VOIP. I can thoroughly recommend them.


by Andrew | Dec 5, 2005 7:15:03 AM

Hi Treonauts - my wireless carrier is Orange in the UK and the long distance provider that I use is called OneTel.

When I travel in the US (which is more and more frequently) I have opted for Cingular but have not yet found a long distance provider.

Cheers, A.

by Jim | Nov 1, 2006 5:29:58 AM

I have also been using for quite some time the phone cards from Nobelcom and I'm really satisfied. As MCO said, you get enough talk time at a great quality. They also have some new features that make your call more enjoyable.

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