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1300 And 1800 Calls Will Soon Be (Almost) Free From Australian Mobiles

Well, this seems overdue. While some mobile providers have long offered free calls to 13, 1300 and 1800 numbers, in their plans, many others haven’t. Regulator the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) had originally planned to introduce legislation in January 2015 making fee-free calls compulsory, but now the major telcos have agreed to make at least some of those calls free ahead of that deadline.


TalkSide Displays Caller's Social Data And Your Interactions

Android: The next time someone calls you, you might be able to check out their recent Facebook status, find out if it’s their birthday, or see the last text messages you shared with them, thanks to a new app called TalkSide.


Gmail Calling Is Back, Now Part Of Google Hangouts

Google has restored its Gmail calling feature and added it to Hangouts, allowing users to call phones for free right from their computer.


FooTalk Is A Skype Rival With Lower Rates

iOS/Android: Free messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Viber are handy for free messaging to other people with the same app installed, but what happens when you want to make a call to someone on a regular number? FooTalk is a newly-launched VOIP app which offers relatively cheap rates for calls.


Finding The Best Value Prepaid Calling Cards

Prepaid calling cards can be a good way to use the landline for international calls when you’re staying with family at Christmas, but you need to make sure you pick the right one. An analysis of calling cards by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) found that 40 per cent of cards on the Australian market had “significant problems”.


TPG Facing Court Over 000 Call Problems

One argument sometimes used against voice over internet protocol (VOIP) telephone services is that they don’t always identify your location when you make a call to the 000 emergency number. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is taking TPG to court for a more fundamental problem: a six-month period where some of TPG’s phone subscribers apparently couldn’t access 000 at all.


Nextcall Tracks How Often You Call Key Contacts

Android: Always being told by your mother that you don’t call often enough? Not staying in touch with enough work clients? Nextcall is a simple Android app which ranks your important contacts based on when you last called them, helping ensure you make regular calls to important people.


How Many 2-Minute Calls Can You Make On Australian Phone Plans?

One of the key requirements under the new Telecommunications Consumer Protection Code is for mobile phone providers to specify how many 2-minute calls you could make on each plan they offer. That won’t be a requirement until March 1 next year, but we can easily perform that calculation ourselves right now.


Are Primus' New International Call Deals Worth It?

Primus has two new phone plans, Passport Easy 50 Countries and Lingo 50 Countries, that offer “unlimited” calls to international numbers in 50 countries. Are they good value? We’ve crunched the numbers and checked the conditions.


13save Finds Regular Alternatives To 13 And 1800 Numbers

iOS: Calls to 13 and 1800 numbers are cheap from a landline, but cost a lot if you have to call from a mobile. App 13save automatically looks up the landline equivalents for common 13 and 1800 numbers so you can call them at lower standard rates.