Pete By: Pete

Project 365 #25: 250109 It's Good to Talk!

This little box of tricks is a VOIP phone that I got from the generosity of my friend Keith in Spain a good while ago. I got it with a view to calling Laura in Finland at an affordable rate, but just as I got it Google launched their fabulous Google Talk service, which offers pretty much trouble free voice communications in superb quality. The down side is that both callers need to be sat at a computer with headsets on. For a pair of geeky net hounds like us that really isn't a problem, so the phone sat on the shelf for a while.


The 'rub' of course is that lots of people don't want to sit at a computer to make their phonecalls (or aren't tech savvy or tech confident enough to do it). This is where VOIP comes in.


I've signed up to the service that Keith recommended to me, and all seems well so far!


This means that for an eight quid a month subscription we can use what looks and feels like an ordinary phone to call Finland for about 2p a minute.


What's REALLY clever though, is that the service provides incoming European numbers. This means that Laura can give a Helsinki number to her family and friends, so for them it's just like making a local call, but it actually connects to a phone in Liverpool. That has to be the cheapest and easiest way to keep in touch. The only question mark now is over call quality and reliability, but I'll keep you posted on that.

  • underthesun 7y

    Ooooh, sounds fancy! I'll happily test it ;)

    In Greece they have similar deals with phone calls to around 40 countries... But Finland is never one of them :(
  • Pete PRO 7y

    Yeah. With the voiptalk service I'm using you can get incoming lines from just about any European country except Greece. :( I guess they all know how much the Greeks can talk ;)
  • Laura A PRO 7y


    What? And Finns don't?

    underthesun, you mean, I give you the number and you call it and we'll chat? :P
  • underthesun 7y

    I'm sure about half the Greeks in Britain are young uni students with very worried Greek mothers :P

    We cooould. We both love phone calls but whatever ;)
  • Keith Williamson PRO 7y

    Pete you do realise that if Laura signed up with VoIPtalk for a free account you could phone each other using your VoIP account numbers FOC.

    You can try it by ringing 83462157 (my VoIP number).

    Call quality for us is excellent with very few outages.
  • Pete PRO 7y

    Blimey Keith, you're brave posting your number on the interweb. You're going to get bombarded with calls from beard fetishists on adultfriendfinder now!
  • Laura A PRO 7y

    And it works!
  • Jason Meredith PRO 2y


    I used this photo on our company website, I credited your name to the photo.

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