long distance dial arounds to Europe

Jun 22nd, 2003, 01:25 PM
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long distance dial arounds to Europe

Because the rate structure seems to have changed since last summer, I am curious to know what the best bet is for using a dial around service to call Europe.

I don't need a monthly service because I make calls sporadically.

I have priced 10-10-275 at 5.5 cents a minute to Germany. I have also looked at Acceris which has a 10 minute minimum, plus a 9% tax, that seems high to speak with an answering machine.

What is the current conventional wisdom on this issue?
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Jun 22nd, 2003, 02:38 PM
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Bob, the following site has an up to date comparison of the dial-around numbers: http://10-10phonerates.com/
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Jun 22nd, 2003, 02:51 PM
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I looked at some of those siges, but there is always the hidden charges, and the unadvertised charges.

I was hoping to get some actual experiences.
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Jun 22nd, 2003, 03:30 PM
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Have you looked at 1016868? Their minimum is one minute.

http://www.101-6868.com/101-6868_Rates_01.html
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Jun 22nd, 2003, 05:21 PM
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I'm so glad someone posted this because 10-10-811 (Vartec) has started adding a monthly fee (on my bill it was 2.95, plus 3 additional fees, for a total of 4.33 on 48 cents' worth of phone calls)

I use 101-68-68 (PT-1) now and they charge 10 cents/min to France. The only added charge is the Universal Service Fee (9%) and Federal Tax (2-3%), which I think they all add.
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Jun 22nd, 2003, 06:43 PM
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Still trying to help you out here. Go the following page on the phone rates site (make sure you copy all of the URL) http://10-10phonerates.com/rates.php...&region=Europe. I randomly picked France, but there's a pull down at the top of the page, so you can choose whichever country you want. On the country's page you'll find all the charges for each dial-around company.

My experience has been that people using dial-arounds aren't always aware of the minimums and add on charges. At times when I've mentioned using a dial-around, someone will say they used 10-10-XXX, which I know from having done the research is more expensive that the one I use. If it's been a while since I've phoned Europe, I'll check the site above again for the latest rates, as they tend to change from time to time.
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Jun 22nd, 2003, 07:58 PM
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It was/is PT 1 I had forgotten about.
But its web page rate sheet says 9 cents per minute to Germany.

The 1010275 number gives a rate of 5.5 cents, but it requires another number for an access code to be dialed. Why do we need to use access codes?
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Jun 22nd, 2003, 08:12 PM
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Bob, it has a monthly fee of $3.75. That's probably why you have to dial the access code.

I really like 101-68-68, and was glad to have the two to compare on my last bill especially because I have a friend who calls France a lot and I wanted to warn her about Vartec if it was true (I saw it on one of these comparison sites).
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