voipbuster: VOIP computer-computer calls free but seems to want tocharge for mobiles???

Discussion in 'UK VOIP' started by Allan, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. Allan

    Allan Guest

    Got VOIP calls working (soft phone and hardphone - nice new Draytek
    Vigor!) from computer to computer and computer to router, no cost.
    However, if I install voipbuster's android client (MobileVOIP) on my
    Samsung Galaxy, it doesn't seem to want to play, or seems to want
    credit. My take is that it's all data over IP, so it's no different
    whether the softphone is running on Android or on Windows. Why do
    voipbuster seem to want money for calls on a mobile which are
    effectively data calls?
    Allan, Jan 3, 2014
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  2. Allan

    Graham. Guest

    I installed the Windows Mobile version of MobileVOIP on my son's
    Lumia, but the VOIPCheap account I used already had credit and I was
    able to make calls to actual phone numbers. I didn't try calling
    another Betamax account name as you can with the PC and MAC softphone,
    but now I think about it, could you even do that? I think you only get
    access to a numerical keypad.

    The answer to the question you posed I suspect is the usual one,
    involving "Smartphone culture".
    Graham., Jan 3, 2014
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  3. Allan

    Woody Guest

    As a general rule you will not be able to make voip calls
    through any service provided by a telephone SP. For instance
    you used to be able to make voip calls through McD's free
    wi-fi, but since they farmed it out to O2 the port has been
    blocked. Similarly if you have a hotel wi-fi service
    provided by EE.

    It's the same in France where free wi-fi at the local
    Tourist Information office will usually pass voip, but if
    the wi-fi is operated by the Mairie's office (i.e the mayor)
    through Orange France (as is often the case) it too is
    blocked - unless you sign on to pay.
    Woody, Jan 6, 2014
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