10 February 2011

Make Cheap Calls from Singapore to Thailand

Use Callback Card
It's the cheapest way to make an international call if you have a number with free incoming calls. You can use either pre-paid or post-paid sim cards.

Where To Buy
Price
For a card with a value of S$10

Buying at phonecard.com.sg
S$8.50 for fund transfer
S$9.70 for eNETS

Buying at phoenixcomms.com.sg
S$10 for eNETS

Buying at mycard.sg
S$8.72 for eNETS

Buying at handphone shops
Around S$8 to anywhere below S$9. It really depends on which shop you go to.

There's a shop (actually it's just a outdoor counter) at Tampines Central Block 503 that sells at S$8.20.

Which To Buy
Why Callback Card
We shall compare Skype, Phoenix Callback Card, Phoenix Card, Starhub IDD 018 and Starhub IDD 008, and assuming we are using a Starhub post-paid line with free incoming calls.

Calling Rates S$/Min
Skype: 0.09 for landline and 0.17 for mobile
Phoenix Callback Card: 0.023
Phoenix Card: 0.016
Starhub IDD 018: 0.40
Starhub IDD 008: 0.95

Calling Rates S$/Min Plus Starhub Local Airtime Charge (S$0.15)
Skype: 0.09 for landline and 0.17 for mobile
Phoenix Callback Card: 0.023
Phoenix Card: 0.016 + 0.15 = 0.166
Starhub IDD 018: 0.40 + 0.15 = 0.55
Starhub IDD 008: 0.95 + 0.15 = 1.10

Note that when using Skype or Callback Card, you only need to pay for the calling rate, you do not have to pay for local airtime.

Comparing 10 Hours (600 Mins) Talktime
Skype: 0.09 x 600 = S$54 for landline and 0.17 x 600 = S$102 for mobile
Phoenix Callback Card: 0.023 x 600 = S$13.80
Phoenix Card: 0.166 x 600 = S$99.6
Starhub IDD 018: 0.55 x 600 = S$330
Starhub IDD 008: 1.10 x 600 = S$660

Note that I have not included the dataplan charge for Skype, so expect Skype to be more expensive unless you already have a dataplan.

Final Notes
  • Do not confuse Callback Card with International Calling Card.
  • Phoenix Callback Card is a Callback Card.
  • Phoenix Card is an International Calling Card.
  • Make sure you are buying a Callback Card.
UPDATE: I added mycard.sg as a online purchase, the site looks phony but I decided to try, well, works better than expected, don't judge a book by its cover.

2 comments:

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