Making Int'l Calls Best Quality

macher

macrumors 68000
Original poster
Oct 13, 2012
1,519
514
Hi looking for a 3rd party solution to make calls overseas. Currently using Google Voice and the rates are good but call quality isn't that great.

On another note about GV quality. Is it because you need a strong WiFi or data connection? Thanks!
 

Applejuiced

macrumors Westmere
Apr 16, 2008
40,650
6,404
At the iPhone hacks section.
You can also try facebook audio calls, Facetime audio or Skype calls also.
They're all free.
But like you said above your wifi connection and speed will have to be good.
If either one of the parties has bad connection or slow upload or download speeds then the calls might suffer.
 

niji

Contributor
Feb 9, 2003
1,471
1,180
tokyo
do you not use iOS FaceTime audio due to quality? i realize it requires both to have an iOS device, but its all that I use for overseas calls and its saved me thousands of dollars.
WhatsApp is annoying and poor quality.
 

BigMcGuire

Contributor
Jan 10, 2012
4,623
5,670
California
Google Voice calls have never been that amazing in quality but I don't think it is their fault. Use any other service to make calls overseas and ... the call quality really sucks. I dated my then gf (now wife) in Peru for 4 years before we got married and it was impossible to understand each other over traditional international calls (also they were extremely expensive). So we resorted to Skype when we were on the computer and Hangouts / Facetime for when we were mobile - 5x better and free.

I used localphone.com to get a local number in Peru ($6/mo) she could call if she ever had an emergency (would ring my cellphone). We never had great success with international sms so we just used (then) Google Talk / MSN Messenger.

Even with terrible Peruvian internet, Skype calls were very acceptable quality. We use Hangouts to talk to family there now days.
 
Last edited:

JPack

macrumors 601
Mar 27, 2017
4,718
7,027
WeChat / WeChat Out

Probably the best in terms of voice quality and bit rate.