What's the Point of VOIP over 3G?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by legaleye3000, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. legaleye3000 macrumors 65816

    Jul 31, 2007
    VOIP over 3G would still cost minutes, right? I just want to know why people want this...? Thanks
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Well, it is my understanding that it does not hit the minutes
    It works off the data plan
    But what do I know

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. Sedulous macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2002
    No, it "costs" data. That is the advantage and eliminates the issue of "long distance".
  4. legaleye3000 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 31, 2007
    Ahh ok- that IS cool... Thanks But if its Skype or a similar service, you still have to pay Skype at their per minute rate, right?
  5. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    It would not cost minutes, it would use AT&T data which is bulk flat rate. You'd still have to pay for a voip provider but these are typically far cheaper than an AT&T plan. It's also a great way to make international calls even if you keep your regular voice plan.
  6. psywzrd macrumors 68030

    Feb 6, 2008
    Skype to Skype calls are free and you can buy an unlimited US and Canada plan that cost $8.40 every 3 months - can't get much cheaper than that. The problem I have is that the quality over 3G is awful. I've tried to make outgoing calls using Skype exclusively but I always end up hanging up and calling the person back the regular way. I'm not sure why the quality is so bad but it's basically unusable for me. Maybe it depends on just how good the coverage is in your area.
  7. pourme macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2009
    North Carolina
    Vonage only charges for international calls. Domestic calls are free. It has been my experience that their quality is first rate. At this time you cannot recieve incoming calls with Vonage.
  8. mavis macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 3GS (JB3.1, unlocked): Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7D11 Safari/528.16)

    Sure, but I'd much rather pay Skype's $0.03/min to call my friends back home than my carrier's $1.00/min ... ;)
  9. psywzrd macrumors 68030

    Feb 6, 2008
    Skype is much cheaper if you're only interested in a US and Canada plan (not sure about their international rates since I have no use for it). Isn't Vonage like $24.99/month? Domestic calls may be free but you're still paying $24.99/month for the plan since it includes international calls. It's not like you can just make domestic calls for free without having some kind of plan.
  10. Rooftop voter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 26, 2010
    I doubt we'd see a completely free service to call cell and land lines but it would be cool. Skype is ok but both people have to be on it to be free which is kinda a PITA for regular use. I guess it would be ok if you talk to the other person a lot.
  11. psywzrd macrumors 68030

    Feb 6, 2008
    Like I said earlier though, you can get the Skype unlimited US and Canada plan for $8.40 per 3 months - that's extremely cheap. If you only plan to use Skype with wifi, it's worth it. If they could figure out a way to make it work well over 3G though, you'd really have something.
  12. jimf123 macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2008
    Just posted this on Fring forum, but maybe someone here can help...

    Hi everyone, I wonder if you could clarify something. I'm an O2 iPhone customer here in the UK. I understand that we can now make calls over 3g using Fring and say a Skype out account and only pay Skype as unlimited data is included in the o2 call plan for the iPhone.

    My question is, if I take my iPhone abroad and make the same Skype out call via Fring on the network as opposed to wifi, am I right in thinking I would pay the relevant O2 data charge as well as obviously the skype call charge, really meaning that the data charge would probably be more expensive than just making an old fashioned phone call bearing in mind how much data roaming when abroad costs...?
  13. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    yes you would unless u found a wifi hotspot. But tbh the iPhone package on o2 includes a decent package for calling from overseas.
  14. jimf123 macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2008
    Thanks for info Gav2k...

  15. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    I don't think this means what you think it does.
  16. tremlock macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2008
    The Land of Cleves
    Check out the icall app. It's free outgoing calls. Not too bad. To receive calls you need to be on a pay plan but it's pretty cheap.
  17. TheEngineer macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2010
    FWIW, I've made 3G Skype calls and they sounded just fine. Perhaps your 3G signal wasn't strong for the ones you tried.
  18. vwDavid macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2007
    best part about fring is that it can use my VOIp providers SIP account and I can make VOIP calls from my iPhone using my home number and my VOIP long distance plan.

  19. psywzrd macrumors 68030

    Feb 6, 2008
    That may be true in certain situations but I've certainly tried it several times where I've had full bars and the quality was still bad. Wifi is great - I've just found that 3G is unusable and that's really the only time I would even need it.
  20. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Yup, Skype seems to be the cheapest out there right now. Vonage is a ripoff. My Comcast landline is cheaper than Vonage....:eek::eek::eek:
  21. TheEngineer macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2010
    I have no doubt. I was just saying it's not 100% of the time.
  22. Amatatomba macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2010
    What about Google Voice? I know you have to call a local Google Voice number to connect the call, but aside from the call to GV, does that cost minutes?

    And how do GV, Skype and Fring compare?
  23. Shenaniganz08 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2010
    The final goal i think for the jailbreak community is that Apple releases a "data only" iphone plan ( no voice)

    With a jailbroken phone running Google Voice you get Infinite minutes and text messages ( using your google voice number)

    Best of all text and calls from a google phone work exactly like they should on a regular phone + you get a record of everything kept online
  24. Amatatomba macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2010
    You have to jailbreak to use the web app? Or are you talking about an actual app?
  25. couto27 macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2008
    how much data cost in voip over 3g

    i have a vodafone pay as you go dongle 1gb/ 15£

    im tinking to buy a mifi - 3g to wireless to use with iphone

    my question
    i wonder how many minutes of conversation using voice over 3g - skype -skype i will have with 1gb of data.

    just talking minutes with 1gb data.

    i just need to compare if voice over 3g is expensive than my roaming calls


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