Tagged With voip

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Hi Lifehacker, My parents live overseas and I'm so frustrated with Skype calls dropping out every two minutes, slap back echo, and other general annoyances. I know it's free, but will this stop if I use their paid-for service and buy Skype credit to call a landline or mobile phone? What are the best alternatives out there to make a cheap international call?

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We all know the feeling, you're chatting with your friend or even your boss over the internet and you interrupt them awkwardly. A silence ensues as you both try to let each other talk. Then you interrupt each other again and face another awkward silence before sighing collectively at the failure of modern technology to make our modern lives as modern as we want them to be.

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A new CHOICE survey has found that over half of Australians are taking advantage of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services as a low-cost alternative to traditional telco offerings.

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If you're looking to top up on prepaid Skype cards, paying full price would be a bit silly. Coles, Woolworths and Target are all currently selling both the $10 and $25 varieties for half the recommended retail price — $5 and $12.50 apiece.

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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.

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In the last half of 2011, Australian federal politicians spent more than $140,000 on global roaming charges — and shadow communications minister Malcolm Turnbull alone accounts for 13 per cent of that total, with more than $13,000 on one monthly bill. Why are the sums so high, and how can average Australians avoid running up the same charges? A Lifehacker exclusive analysis reveals all.

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) continues to bust communications providers whose plans aren't described clearly. Today it announced a $13,200 fine for TPG over terms associated with its offering of 'free' VOIP calls for broadband customers.