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#1 Mahal

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 08:33 PM

Hey guys,

I have been calling my pinay almost for a few weeks, from my mobile to her mobile and yes it is very expensive. Especially if you are using "their" rates. I have T-Mobile and they charge $0.23 per minute. So I got privey to Jajah and Rebtel. I tried Jajah, and while they are good, their rates are almost as expensive as T-Mobile. So I checked out Rebtel, and I have been more than satisified. You get a local number to call, from your cell phone, and I guess they just duplex the signal. I'm still not sure how it works. But Rebtel's rate is only $0.139 cents a minute. So if you prepay for $25.00, and just watch your time, you can have a lot of conversations. Plus it sounds great.

That is just my two cents though. I don't have a landline phone, and my pinay doesn't have residental phone or internet. So we have to use mobile or Yahoo chat.

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 02:13 PM

HI! IF U CAN SEND MONEY FOR YOUR PINAY, IT WILL BE CHEAPER IF SHE WILL BUY GLOBE INTERNATIONAL CALL CARD,THATS 40 MINUTES FOR 100 PESOS ONLY,SO ITS LIKE $2.5 FOR 40 MINUTES.THATS WHAT I USED WHEN I WAS IN PHILIPPINES SO I TOLD MY HUSBAND I CALL HIM ITS CHEAPER.

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 02:38 PM

My wife uses the Smart network....do you know if they have a similar international card?

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 09:09 AM

QUOTE (kbryan @ Aug 3 2009, 11:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My wife uses the Smart network....do you know if they have a similar international card?

I DONT THINK SO I NEVER TRIED AFTER I FOUND GLOBE CARD,BUT SHE CAN BUY HER GLOBE SIM CARD FOR ONLY
30 PESOS AND PUT 10 PESOS IN THE SIM CARD,THEN SHE CAN START USING THE GLOBE INTERNATIONAL CARD
ITS VERY CHEAP COMPARE THE $5 FOR 16 MINUTES "HELLO PINOY"CARD HERE IN STATES.

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 03:25 PM

Tell your pinay gf to buy TM sim and let her be the one to call you. Just dial 12800 plus US code #, area code and phone #. Ex. 12800 1 717 555 5555. the rate is per second and the minute is only 6-7 pesos. That's what I used when I still in PI.

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 09:56 PM

The cheapest one I had used calling the US from the Philippines was the prepaid Globe-One for only P100.00 [$2.09] good for 40 minutes. Globe used to sell it anywhere around the place just like many prepaid cards. I am just not sure if it still in circulation up to this time.
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Posted 04 August 2009 - 10:19 PM

QUOTE (Mahal @ Aug 2 2009, 02:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey guys,

I have been calling my pinay almost for a few weeks, from my mobile to her mobile and yes it is very expensive. Especially if you are using "their" rates. I have T-Mobile and they charge $0.23 per minute. So I got privey to Jajah and Rebtel. I tried Jajah, and while they are good, their rates are almost as expensive as T-Mobile. So I checked out Rebtel, and I have been more than satisified. You get a local number to call, from your cell phone, and I guess they just duplex the signal. I'm still not sure how it works. But Rebtel's rate is only $0.139 cents a minute. So if you prepay for $25.00, and just watch your time, you can have a lot of conversations. Plus it sounds great.

That is just my two cents though. I don't have a landline phone, and my pinay doesn't have residental phone or internet. So we have to use mobile or Yahoo chat.


Startec is 9.9 cents a min to Globe Cell Phone in the Philippines

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 03:07 AM

QUOTE (rcars3 @ Aug 4 2009, 06:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Startec is 9.9 cents a min to Globe Cell Phone in the Philippines


USD or PHP?

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 12:25 PM

QUOTE (soniamull @ Aug 4 2009, 09:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
USD or PHP?


this is USD...not a calling card...but a real phone company for calls from the US to the Philippines...excellent service...much better then ASPEN


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Posted 05 August 2009 - 06:54 PM

Just checked startec.com. The rates are:
Globe cell US$0.099
Other cell US$0.169
Ohter Phil US$0.109

With peso at 47=$1 the 9.9cents is P4.65.

With these rates the Globe 1 card at P2.5 per minute and Rebtel at US$0.139 (P6.5) are competitive.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 11:55 AM

QUOTE (kbryan @ Aug 3 2009, 02:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My wife uses the Smart network....do you know if they have a similar international card?



I'm using smart network to call my fiancee its cost me 2.50 pesos per minute...its a HELLOW CARD..its a re loadable card... minimum load u can buy is 15 pesos. and the load will last for 15 days from the first used...its pretty good deal for us...i call my fiancee everyday morning and night or anytime i want to hear his voice...If im saving my load i usually call him with 5 minutes call and then stop....and i can still use my remaining call next day and so on....it great coz your load wont be deducted till u already connect to the number whose your calling... smile.gif try it.... smile.gif)

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:10 PM

QUOTE (starlite @ Jun 26 2010, 07:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm using smart network to call my fiancee its cost me 2.50 pesos per minute...its a HELLOW CARD..its a re loadable card... minimum load u can buy is 15 pesos. and the load will last for 15 days from the first used...its pretty good deal for us...i call my fiancee everyday mo.rning and night or anytime i want to hear his voice...If im saving my load i usually call him with 5 minutes call and then stop....and i can still use my remaining call next day and so on....it great coz your load wont be deducted till u already connect to the number whose your calling... smile.gif try it.... smile.gif)





i am using smart hellow card also, 30 pesos for almost 14 minutes. hellow card is great and easy to connect

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 02:06 PM

QUOTE (lovelyjo @ Jun 26 2010, 07:10 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i am using smart hellow card also, 30 pesos for almost 14 minutes. hellow card is great and easy to connect

Can it be reloaded via a website? It sounds interesting. I have been using Startec and the quality is terrible. Usually cannot understand because of the distortion and the calls are often dropped after a minute or so. And that is about 8.75p per minute.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 02:27 PM

QUOTE (beeguy @ Jun 26 2010, 03:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can it be reloaded via a website? It sounds interesting. I have been using Startec and the quality is terrible. Usually cannot understand because of the distortion and the calls are often dropped after a minute or so. And that is about 8.75p per minute.


the card may only be reloaded with smart E-load...

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 06:41 PM

QUOTE (beeguy @ Jun 26 2010, 07:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can it be reloaded via a website? It sounds interesting. I have been using Startec and the quality is terrible. Usually cannot understand because of the distortion and the calls are often dropped after a minute or so. And that is about 8.75p per minute.

Here is a Blogspot article on the Hellow card.

That W on the end is the correct spelling. That gave me a bit of trouble last night finding it. Got the search corrected today. Google helpfully searches for Hello with just a comment explaining the assistance given and asking if you really did want to search for Hellow tongue.gif

Two other articles linked in the Blogspot are for PLDT Budget card and Sun P2 IDD.

This is the search I used. Watch the "Did you mean... line to make sure you got the results for Hellow instead of Hello.

QUOTE ('www.1888fonkard.com')
Instruction for Smart HelLow (NEW) Card


HOW TO USE:
Dial *4334 from your Smart or Talk N' Text Cellphone
Follow voice prompt.
Enter the 11 digit account number (the first 11 number of the pin)
Enter the last 6 digit of the pin number
Dial the number of the person you want to call: "00 + Country Code + Area Code + Phone Number"
Card credits will only be deducted when your call is connected to the dialed number.
All deductions are made on this account and not on the cellphone being used.
Important Reminders:
The pre load P30 can be used within 15 days from the time the first call was made.
Smart's HelLow is a service provided by Smart Telecom Philippines
This card is non-refundable and non-replaceable. The value of the card must be consumed within 15 days from first use.
This card can only be used for overseas calls
This card can be E-load validity will follow existing E-load expiry
This card can only be used by Smart or Talk & Text Subscriber in the Philippines to Call overseas.

Customer Service Number: *888 for Smart Subscriber or 888-1111 (landline)

Rates as follows:

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P5.00 / min to Singapore, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea

P8.00 / min to Italy, UK, Australia, Thailand and Japan

P10.00/ min to Saudi Arabia and UAE

$0.40 / min to all other countries

1888fonkard offers a good selection of discount IDD phone cards for use from Philippines. Use them as a starting point to identify a card you can use and then search for good deals. I have not ordered from this company, but they have shown up in many searches for phone cards over the years, so they are not a new company.

Load for Hellow can be ordered through eBay. Just do a search for Smart Buddy eLoad. The seller I am currently buying from is g3gohu.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 02:20 AM

I have found that by using my mobile phone it doesn't cost anymore than a regular phone call.

I use Virgin Mobile prepaid and the cost is the same weather local or long distant.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 04:14 AM

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Virgin Mobile Prepaid:
US to Philippines US$0.25
US to Philippines Mobile US$0.20

Startec
US to Philippines US$0.099
US to Philippines - Cellular Digital US$0.169
US to Philippines - Cellular Globe US$0.089
US to Philippines - Cellular Smart US$0.169
US to Philippines - Cellular US$0.169

Rebtel
US to Philippines - Landline US$0.109
US to Philippines - Mobile US$0.159

T-Mobile
$5 per month international discounted calling
$15 per month International Unlimited Talk & Text (This option adds unlimited international texts)
$10 per month International Unlimited Talk & Text (Monthly4G prepaid plan option)
US to Philippines - Landline US$0.25
US to Philippines - Mobile US$0.30

No international plan selected
US to Philippines US$1.99

From Philippines
Globe
Super IDD Purchased by sending a text to Globe
Unlimited calling to 50 countries, including US.
1 day P149.00 (3 unique international numbers)
30 day P1999.00 (10 unique international numbers)
IDD Sakto Calls Purchased by dialing 12800+<full phone number>
P0.15 per second (p9 per minute) to selected countries (including US)
P0.30 per second (P18 per minute) to all other countries
IDD Tingi Purchased by sending a text to Globe. One call per purchase.
P30 for 3 minutes to Saudi, UAE, and Kuwait
P40 for 20 minutes to US Mainland, Canada, Hong Kong, and Singapore

Ordinary IDD from Globe phone
US$0.40

Smart
Hellow reloadable IDD card
P2.5 to US, Hawaii, Guam & Canada
Higher rates to other countries
Smart IDD
to all countries US$0.40
Smart IDD Video Call
to all countries US$0.40 (requires 3G phone & service)

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:00 AM

Updating

Virgin Mobile Prepaid:
US to Philippines US$0.25
US to Philippines Mobile US$0.20

Startec
US to Philippines US$0.099
US to Philippines - Cellular Digital US$0.169
US to Philippines - Cellular Globe US$0.089
US to Philippines - Cellular Smart US$0.169
US to Philippines - Cellular US$0.169

Rebtel
US to Philippines - Landline US$0.109
US to Philippines - Mobile US$0.159

T-Mobile
$5 per month international discounted calling
$15 per month International Unlimited Talk & Text (This option adds unlimited international texts)
$10 per month International Unlimited Talk & Text (Monthly4G prepaid plan option)
US to Philippines - Landline US$0.25
US to Philippines - Mobile US$0.30

No international plan selected
US to Philippines US$1.99

From Philippines
Globe
Super IDD Purchased by sending a text to Globe
Unlimited calling to 50 countries, including US.
1 day P149.00 (3 unique international numbers)
30 day P1999.00 (10 unique international numbers)
IDD Sakto Calls Purchased by dialing 12800+<full phone number>
P0.15 per second (p9 per minute) to selected countries (including US)
P0.30 per second (P18 per minute) to all other countries
IDD Tingi Purchased by sending a text to Globe. One call per purchase.
P30 for 3 minutes to Saudi, UAE, and Kuwait
P40 for 20 minutes to US Mainland, Canada, Hong Kong, and Singapore

Ordinary IDD from Globe phone
US$0.40

Smart
Hellow reloadable IDD card
P2.5 to US, Hawaii, Guam & Canada
Higher rates to other countries
Smart IDD
to all countries US$0.40
Smart IDD Video Call
to all countries US$0.40 (requires 3G phone & service)

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Posted 04 February 2017 - 05:37 PM

Any updates to any of these?

 

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Posted 05 February 2017 - 09:03 PM

I was using some of those before but i wasn't satisfied and i had to switched into Vonage because i love calling my family back home and love checking them every time if how they are doing. I can use my landline plus i can use my mobile, it cost me $45.00 per month but it's all worth it and I'm very satisfied with it 'coz I don't have to worry about getting or buying any prepaid and it's a hassle free.




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