davo wrote:I didn't know about the calling card service but it's no good for regional areas as the local call access numbers are only in the capital cities.
The link ExetelVoice provided doesn't include any information about the callback number, which 'solves' the regional access problem albeit at a surcharge of 3c a minute when calling from a pre-registered number (assuming the callback leg is charged the same way as the outbound leg - the same as a call to a fixed line) assuming one is able to call from a fixed line that can be called back.
That's probably only (easily) available with the "VOIP Calling Service" calling card available for purchase from member facilities,
The 1800 number available with (some?) cards would be another more expensive alternative.
Pennytel have a prepaid service for $0/mth minimum charge which does the job. Could Exetel create their own version of this perhaps for those that want $0 minimum charge VOIP service?
Exetel might well introduce a DIDless $0 VoIP service at some time in the future but I assume it will remain isolated from the PSTN gateways available to calling cards until Exetel decides that expanding the feature set of the VOIP product is more profitable than market segmentation,
If your are referring to the removal of expiration from calling cards, I would suggest that would be unlikely, unless Exetel wants to lower its margin on calling cards. While I feel expiry dates are an undesirable attribute of the product, removing them would mean the calling rates would need to rise to maintain margins.
Dazzled wrote:I think [the Pennytel free plan] are per minute though, so not comparable to the Exetel plan if it is used mainly for local and "national" calls.
its directly comparable to the timed pricing of the calling card, but the point really is that Exetel calling cards are a poor substitute for a $0/month VoIP plan. The Exetel cards cannot truely be considered a $0 alternative either, expiry dates effectively give them a minimum usage charge, although their pricing comes close enough to the Pennytel untimed product,
VoIP plans are generally a poor substitute for calling cards too - the majority of VoIP providers lack 'local' access numbers as distinct from a call back number if any. In my mind, local access numbers (as well as 13 and 1800 numbers) seem to be the only reason to use calling cards. Exetel's calling card product is a well priced alternative to other calling cards if its range of access numbers suffices.