What do you think of skype for calling land lines?

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I currently do not have a cell phone or land line for my business since I am working from home.

I do have an 800 number that forwards to my personal cell phone for incoming calls through evoice.

I was thinking about getting the unlimited skype plan for $2.99 that will allow calling land lines and mobile phones. That way I can use Skype for outgoing calls when I have an internet connection, and use my evoice account when I don't have an internet connection.

Anybody use the skype plan for calling land lines? What is your experience?


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  • Profile picture of the author David Miller
    I've done it, but you should also get a skpe phone# to go with it. I worked that way from home for many months and would do it again if I needed to.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarlboroMonkey
    I've been waiting to pull the trigger on this myself and tie it into my Google Voice number. This way I can call out via my phone or skype and the same number will be on caller ID. Only thing is I can't receive calls in and answer on my PC without the skype number which kinda sucks. I think a year of unlimited calling and an online number runs around $60 though so that's not too bad I guess.

    I have read a couple different places around the 'net that sometimes it's hard for people to hear you when on Skype to land line calls, as in too quiet. Could be the users gear/setup though, who knows.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danielm
    Anyone have experience using skype to phone over an android phone for calls?
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    • Profile picture of the author kenmichaels
      Often, the quality of the skype calls to landline phones, are better
      then some of the cell phones.

      I use it every day. Its very, very good.

      It does have its hiccups, but it seams to be few and far between.

      Go for it. you will not be disappointed.
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  • Profile picture of the author zuhaib1111
    Can any one tell me if i get skype online number $60/year how many free calls i can does per day ?
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    • Profile picture of the author JBroyer44
      have jsut started my cold calling this week, not many calls.

      I bought a stereo headset and signed up for the 2.99 plan. Been working ok as I just use Manta.com and the click to call plugin .

      However, I have had a couple people say they can barely hear me or I'm breaking up. A skype phone may be the solution but also sometimes my internet bogs down here as well.

      would love to hear others experience as to testing this set up and what headsets sound best.
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Tunnah
      Originally Posted by zuhaib1111 View Post

      Can any one tell me if i get skype online number $60/year how many free calls i can does per day ?
      2 different things a skype number and calling. You purchase a skype number that has a local code of many major cities in the world. It rings if you're online with skype or goes to voicemail.
      Now to make calls you either pay per call (fairly cheap) or buy a subscription. A subscription allows you to call another country, a continent or the world for a set price. You can call upto 50 numbers per day or make 12 hours of calls per day.

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  • Profile picture of the author David Miller
    As long as you have a decent broadband connection and a reasonably good headset (and by reasonably goood, I mean you can find many on newegg for under 20 bucks..although the cheap plantronics one is garbage...try any of the seinheiser) anyone you speak with won't know that you're not on a landline. These days you also have to consider that you may be calling cell phones with questionable connections. So bottom line there are so many variables on both sides of the call that there is no ONE best answer.
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  • Profile picture of the author KohenD
    Make sure you have a good connection and headphones.

    If you have that , you are all set. Its perfect for people overseas really
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  • Profile picture of the author dancorkill
    Yep it works well, just remember to make sure no one else is hogging broadband and to turn off any programs that might use data in the background, like dropbox, backup programs, torrents etc.

    I have one of the cheap $15 headsets from Skype, sound quality is great.
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  • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
    It works for some, but I wouldn't recommend it. You're depending on your internet connection and even with a great connection people have called me and the quality sucks. Like I said though, it works for some. The only way you will know if it works for you is if you try it.
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  • Profile picture of the author JBroyer44
    Ya I have to say today has been frustrating.

    After I booked my first SMS appointment (Yay!) I kept calling and everyone kept saying I was breaking up. Tried unplugging the modem and router, still same problem.

    I'm going to need a different system. Or just hand dial with my EVO, but the thought of doing that makes me cringe. The click to call is so convenient wish I could get it working more reliably.

    But yes make sure you have a perfect broadband connection which I do not.
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    • Profile picture of the author StrategicCheetah
      Originally Posted by JBroyer44 View Post

      Ya I have to say today has been frustrating.

      After I booked my first SMS appointment (Yay!) I kept calling and everyone kept saying I was breaking up. Tried unplugging the modem and router, still same problem.

      I'm going to need a different system. Or just hand dial with my EVO, but the thought of doing that makes me cringe. The click to call is so convenient wish I could get it working more reliably.

      But yes make sure you have a perfect broadband connection which I do not.
      I use Skype and it works well 95% of the time.

      I'm not sure what you were using as a headset but I found that the "jack/line in" type connection could be ropey so I upgraded to a wireless USB and the sound quality seemed to improve.

      Might be worth looking into that if you are not already using it.
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    • Profile picture of the author kenmichaels
      Originally Posted by JBroyer44 View Post

      Ya I have to say today has been frustrating.

      After I booked my first SMS appointment (Yay!) I kept calling and everyone kept saying I was breaking up. Tried unplugging the modem and router, still same problem.

      I'm going to need a different system. Or just hand dial with my EVO, but the thought of doing that makes me cringe. The click to call is so convenient wish I could get it working more reliably.

      But yes make sure you have a perfect broadband connection which I do not.

      If you have a smart phone, install skype on it, and tether it to your pc.
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      • Profile picture of the author JBroyer44
        Originally Posted by kenmichaels View Post

        If you have a smart phone, install skype on it, and tether it to your pc.
        when you tether it does that allow you to click to call? AS I do have skype on my phone
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        • Profile picture of the author kenmichaels
          Originally Posted by JBroyer44 View Post

          when you tether it does that allow you to click to call? AS I do have skype on my phone
          my android does
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  • Profile picture of the author uppergrade
    I m using it for my outgoing calls, it is working good. I suggest you to buy it now, you will not regret for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author grayensmith
    Skype lets you contact your calls to landlines, but you can do that with Skype, ought to be involved with the service pay of Skype. They charge you about two cents per minute in case you like skypes program and you are worn out of paying for your mobile phone or what ever the case, you can join skypes countless plan which is about $ three per month for calls U.S. and Canada.
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  • Profile picture of the author MaggieMay
    I have a skype number and use it for calling international landlines in Europe and for receiving calls which get diverted to my home number. 90% of the time it works very well. Much better than a couple of years ago.
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  • Profile picture of the author TyBrown
    I've got that service for my assistant and it's been great. When she's out of the office she forwards it to her cell and then forwards it to my cell after hours. Great options and functionality.
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  • Profile picture of the author Deidra Renee
    I used Skype and a headset (Logitech brand..got it from Walmart for around $17) for a while..it worked great..no one said I was breaking up, I could hear clearly, etc.. But I would like to know why I had to pay $13 a month for the Unlimited World plan and everyone is saying they only paid $2??

    Anyway I'm canceling after this month because for some reason it recently has stopped me from calling after I make 100 calls. I just read the policy on the pack and it says you can only call 50 different numbers a day.

    For one, I made more than 50 and for two, it's not unlimited if I can only make 50 or 100 calls. I have been using my cellphone for the past week and it works just fine
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    • Profile picture of the author MaggieMay
      Originally Posted by Deidra Renee View Post

      I used Skype and a headset (Logitech brand..got it from Walmart for around $17) for a while..it worked great..no one said I was breaking up, I could hear clearly, etc.. But I would like to know why I had to pay $13 a month for the Unlimited World plan and everyone is saying they only paid $2??

      Anyway I'm canceling after this month because for some reason it recently has stopped me from calling after I make 100 calls. I just read the policy on the pack and it says you can only call 50 different numbers a day.

      For one, I made more than 50 and for two, it's not unlimited if I can only make 50 or 100 calls. I have been using my cellphone for the past week and it works just fine
      Ipay 27 because I only have the unlimited europe plan.
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  • Profile picture of the author DennisMc
    I just signed up for Skype 2 hrs ago, then seen this thread. Good thread I'll keep my eye on.
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  • Profile picture of the author paul_1
    Skype voice plan is an alternative option. It is cost effective and has other features as well such as voicemail. This will make sure that you won't miss any important calls even if you're offline. A good internet connection and headset is all I need, and it does work to my advantage. Deidra is right, it only allows to call 50 US numbers per day because of what they call "Fair Usage Policy". I would say that if you really do not make that much calls, then get yourself a Skype number.
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    • Profile picture of the author D37
      Originally Posted by paul_1 View Post

      Skype voice plan is an alternative option. It is cost effective and has other features as well such as voicemail. This will make sure that you won't miss any important calls even if you're offline. A good internet connection and headset is all I need, and it does work to my advantage. Deidra is right, it only allows to call 50 US numbers per day because of what they call "Fair Usage Policy". I would say that if you really do not make that much calls, then get yourself a Skype number.
      I'm looking for something that will allow more than 50 US numbers per day....
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  • Profile picture of the author dsafeer
    Skype works great for me. I don't call in the U.S., just international and the connection is great 99% of the time.

    I use Skype for video conference in the U.S. and the service is great.
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  • Profile picture of the author mayankgangwal
    Yes the skype callings are more than affordable as i m also using it for call.
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  • Profile picture of the author D37
    I'm also taking a look at Ring Central at the moment...
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  • Profile picture of the author c.t.coburn
    worked great for me for over 4 years.

    also ditched the expensive cell phone plans and use t-m@bil@ $1.00 per day plan (costs you $1.00 per day when used, nothing when you don't.) so you can save money there too.

    being in business is about saving money where possible not just making a bunch of money.
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