[kwlug-disc] Long distance providers

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Wed Apr 28 14:35:50 EDT 2010

What about calling cards or that long distance service (1-10-1010- or 
something like that) for the Egypt calls only?

A lady I know uses calling cards (purchased cheaply in Toronto, or 
something like that), for her calls home to Cyprus. Significantly 
cheaper, and not all calling cards are equal, at least price wise.

If you found a mix, perhaps you can take advantage of most of the YAK 
features you find alluring?

Or, would a VOIP Egyptian local number work for you?

If I've tracked the thread properly, for you:
- save ~$10/month internet. No more Bell bill (~$44.00/month 
equivalent). ~$650/year saved. (Except for Egypt.)
- 10Mbps -> 5 Mbps
- except for Egypt, approximately equivalent phone costs.
- you'd have to buy a modem. ~$50-100?
- no more filtering / traffic shaping. [Certain?]
- no cap.
- did I get it all?
- heck, you could keep both providers / add redundancy, if that matters.

I talked to Paul the other night. An issue I have with Rogers is I 
can't talk to anyone SMTP (port 25). He was going to test his work's 
Rogers Business Service for me some day, via 'telnet <smtp server> 25' 
or something, for me.

Don't know if I can receive anything on 25, but I doubt it. Anyone 
tested this on Rogers Internet (residential), for running one's own 
mail server?

Khalid Baheyeldin wrote, On 04/28/2010 1:05 PM:
> NECC becomes your long distance provider.
> You directly dial 011 Country Code City Code phone number.
> No hoops to jump through, and you get a toll free number to call and get
> similar rates and charge that to my monthly bill. So a pay phone anywhere
> gives you similar rates (I thin 0.03 more per minute or something like
> that).
> The rates they advertise on their site are higher than what I get. Call the
> toll free number and see what they can offer. I got a cold call from someone
> who speaks Arabic and switched to them (something I rarely do).
> Once caveat: there are no monthly fees if you pay your bill on time every
> time. If you are late one month, they charge a $5 service fee. Still
> acceptable with that even.
> It all depends on where you call. There is lots of competition for North
> America, and Europe and parts of Asia. But there is little competition for
> Egypt, hence the higher rate, and lack of choice.
> On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 12:55 PM, Colin Mackay <zixiekat at gmail.com> wrote:
>> How does the Long Distance system work with NECC?  Does it intercept
>> all LD calls, or do you have to call them, and then dial out?
>>> The bad news is that long distance has to stay with Yak. I currently use
>>> NECC Telecom, which has low rates, and no monthly fees, specially when I
>>> call the USA and Egypt a lot.
>>> NECC has $0.14 per minute for Egypt [special rate] vs. $0.29 with Yak,
>> and
>>> $2.85 with Bell! The rate to USA/Canada is $0.03 to $0.05 [comparable to
>> Yak which has $0.035 for both].
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