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Default Anyone used Easycallback yet? - 21-07-2011, 17:47

Has anyone tried this out yet?? It appears to be another Betamax/Dellmont product but one that is designed specifically for callback. As usual, the startup rates seem way too good to be true. e.g. UK mobile at 0.5 c/min! How long has this been around for?
   
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Default 21-07-2011, 18:03

Ah ha!! I knew there would be a catch somewhere! As a follow up to the above, I just noticed a rather big deviation from their usual pricing patterns of their other products.

In Easycallback it says the following:
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The charges for an easycallback call consist of the following:
- a connection fee of € 3.9 cent/minute
I have never heard of a new connection charge every minute!!

So I guess this is how it boils down with an example: e.g. 3 min call from a UK Mobile to a South African Landline.
1. Rate to the UK Mobile @0.5c/min = 1.5c
2. Rate to the SA landline @1.5c/min = 4.5c
3. Connection charge @3.9c/min = 11.7c
so the total cost is 17.7c.
   
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Default 25-07-2011, 12:32

I take it as this :
a connection fee of 0.039
- the charges for the call to your mobile
- the charges for the call to the destination phone numbe

looks like the connectin charge is fixed for call not per minute.
   
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Default 26-07-2011, 11:25

I would say the /minute is a typo. On the rates website the text is correct.
There are several betamax/dellmont clones with such kind of rates. Sucks if you hit voicemail but good for lenthly chats


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Default 28-07-2011, 13:16

Well, they seem to have corrected that typo now, but I still have doubts about some of the advertised per minute rates! 0.5c/min to a UK mobile?? I suppose it is their usual tactic of advertising a low rate to get plenty of new customers making topups and then they increase the rates...
   
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Default 28-07-2011, 13:37

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Well, they seem to have corrected that typo now, but I still have doubts about some of the advertised per minute rates! 0.5c/min to a UK mobile?? I suppose it is their usual tactic of advertising a low rate to get plenty of new customers making topups and then they increase the rates...
Indeed looks like a rate of 0.5 cents /minute. But this can change anytime.
But normally their rates even for uk mobile are low, you can find it for 5 cents on some of their sites.

I only wonder how the app on your phone is working. Does it make a data connection to trigger the callback, sent sms or make a call.
In case of data connection if might get expensive using some providers when outside your home country. some just charge minimum of 100kb and this will cost you a lot.
   
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Default 28-07-2011, 15:48

I'm trying to figure if this is any good while I'm traveling abroad, but don't understand the Easycallback rate structure -

the site says:
* - a connection fee of €0.039
* - the charges for the call to your mobile
* - the charges for the call to the destination phone number.

what are the "the charges for the call to your mobile"? is this from Luxembourg, where the company is based? or does it mean whatever your own carrier charges (which is unavoidable, and not Easycallback's problem)?
e.g. if I'm roaming in Europe with a UK orange sim card, receiving calls is around 14p/min; roaming in Canada with my US TMob sim is around $1/min.

So I'd pay the roaming inbound charge, plus the Luxembourg to US or UK charge, plus the outgoing charge to final destination?

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Default 28-07-2011, 22:30

No, its quite easy:

For example:
You want to call from your US mobile phone to a landline in Mexico.
So you add the minute price for USA and the minute price for Mexico:
$ 0.007 + $ 0.007 = 0.014 USD/min plus 0.039 USD per call
So 10 minutes will cost 0.14+0,039=0,189 USD

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Default 28-07-2011, 22:57

so it's not a solution for roaming outside your home country, if you have to pay high incoming call costs to the carrier in addition to the charges to easycallback.

But useful where roaming and incoming is much cheaper than outgoing.

In the US, we already have cheap international services from mobile phones, such as Tel3 and google voice. Main advantage of easycallback (for me, at least, based in US) seems to be very cheap rates to European mobiles - e.g. to UK, under 2c/min compared with 18c (USD) on googlevoice or Tel3.

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Default 29-07-2011, 04:10

just testing out easycallback....
- it looks like it allows multiple numbers, so you could enter several sim cards depending on where inbound calls are cheaper. but the 'save' function does not seems to work.

- it seems to think that local numbers in Massachusetts in the US are in the US Virgin Islands, according to the tag that comes up when you call. But it is only charging 1c/min, not the 10c/min total if it billed for the Virgin Islands.

worth fiddling around, anyway!
   
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