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Phone Calls For Next To Nothing

August 16, 2005

By David Frith

THE time is surely coming when we can ditch our landline telephones and slash our phone bills.

Slowly but surely the technology called voice over internet protocol is gaining popularity.

Voip sends calls over the internet, removing most of the cost, making many calls free and cutting the cost of international calls to just a few cents.

Until recently you needed a conventional phone or a cable connection to the internet, but now it's possible to make Voip calls without cables.

Unwired, an Australian company that supplies wireless broadband internet connections, has a free software Voip product called Firefly, developed by an outfit called Freshtel.

Download Firefly, install it on your PC, plug in a headset, tap out the numbers you want to call on an onscreen keypad, and away you go.

Calls to other Firefly users are free, calls in Australia are a flat 10c, and most overseas calls cost 3.9c a minute.

Unwired operates only in Sydney. It is planning to go Australia-wide, but no timetable has been announced.

DoubleClick is a fan of the Unwired wireless internet service, but we have some reservations about Firefly, because it works only with Windows PCs.

We also have reservations about the softphone concept used by Firefly and other software-based Voip services.

If Voip is to become popular, it needs to use a regular telephone handset, rather than headphones, microphone, keyboard and computer screen.

Some Voip outfits do offer that.

In Australia, one of the most popular is Engin (, which began life as Mobile Innovations, a reseller of Vodafone mobile handsets.

Subscribers get a gadget called the engin Voice Box, which is plugged into a modem router and an ordinary phone handset.

Call engin to have the service activated and soon all your phone calls will be going over the net.

Engin charges 10c untimed for local and national calls, 29c for calls to mobiles, and 3-4c a minute for most international calls.

There's a set-up cost of $149 and a minimum monthly charge of $9.95.

You get a standard Australian phone number, so anyone can ring your internet phone.

A free one-month trial is available.

Engin bills itself as The Broadband Phone Company, causing confusion with Broadband Phone, another company offering a similar service.

BroadbandPhone (www.broadband sells a smart little handset for $199 and allots a normal Australian phone number that others can ring you on even when you travel interstate or overseas.

You can buy extra phone numbers for $4.95 monthly and if you have numbers in other cities people there can phone you free of STD charges.

The phone has an Ethernet plug that connects to a network router or, if you don't have a router you can order an adapter from Broadband Phone.

Subscribers pay $15.95 monthly, which includes 50 local calls, and after that 15c for local calls, 10c a minute for STD calls and from 5c a minute for international calls.

Calls to other Broadband Phone users are free.

Some of those prices seem a little steep compared with other Voip offerings, but DoubleClick has had experience of Broadband Phone, and can tell you it works and sound quality is good.

If you're looking for something cheaper, take a gander at Skype, the most popular internet phone service in the world.

Operated by one of the founders of the Kazaa file-sharing service, it's basically a softphone service, but it's possible to connect some USB handsets.

Skype works not only with Windows, Macs and Linux PCs, but Pocket PC personal digital assistants.

Basic Skype is free software that lets you make free calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world and you can use it to transfer data between computers.

Then there's SkyOut and SkypeIn, both of which involve a fee.

SkyOut enables you to ring other people's conventional phones from your computer or PDA, for about 2.2c a minute for most destinations.

It costs the same to ring London, Mexico City or the house next door.

SkypeIn gets you your own phone number so others who don't have Skype can ring you.

Skype doesn't provide Australian phone numbers at present.

It is possible to arrange a number in another country, such as the US or Britain, but your non-Skype callers may be peeved at having to pay international rates to connect.

Many more Voip services are available in Australia.

There's a checklist, including pricing, at

Watch out for the arrival of Vonage, one of the biggest US Voip operators, which is reported to be planning a major operation in Australia.

Vonage is one of the few operations that allows fax, as well as voice, messages to be sent over VoIP.

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