It's a tip of the hat this fine Monday morning to cheap international phone call outfit foocall - whose name suggests its service may be even cheaper than promised. Screen grab of foocall's website Well, opinion here is divided as to whether foocall is a truly brilliant piece of branding or a corporate blonde moment. Whatever …
There's also a version
that you have to pay for.
Gotta say, though, it's a bit shit!
just like loads of other 'trendy' companies...they only offer an iPhone App.
tag them up again when they've got an Android App too
the conversation might go
"So what do you have to offer Android users?"
"Excellent, so your service will work with my Android phone?"
"But you said you could offer us foo call."
"So your service will work with my Android phone?"
and so on...
Would make more sense to offer an android service since iphones have foo call signal anyway
Not as cheap as can be found
Just looked up their charges for Gibraltar, without monthly fee they charge 4.2p per minute, can be got for 1 or 2p per minute on other providers.
Re: Not as cheap as can be found
For charging those prices they really should be in the doghouse.
Well, they sure have managed a great marketing coup and got the kind of free publicity money can't buy - even El Reg has been suckered!
But as for their rates - not very competitive - try 18185 for cheap International Calls
They may claim their calls cost foocall but in the countries I checked they're more than double that of their competition.
This is a good comparison checker if making international calls via a landline:
Not as cheap some of the Betamax (no, nothing to do with the ancient video tape technology) variants: http://www.backsla.sh/betamax
Been using voipcheap.com for years, have free calls to most landlines around the world, and you can't get much cheaper than that! they have access via VOIP and via access numbers in a lot of countries.
As an aside, it seems that 3 are doing landline calls to Poland for 2p/min on PAYG, so I'm using the Polish access number to call back to the UK for 10% of the cost of dialling directly.
No affiliation with either company, just a customer.
Why are 'mobile' and 'iPhone' distinct ways of making calls?
Mobile instructions: dial access number, dial phone number
iPhone instruction: dial access number, lose signal, adjust grip, (repeat as necessary), dial phone number
The iPhone instructions are written using a very fancy (and expensive) font. The content is the same but you have to pay more to read them - and they looks kinda-fancy and cool (or so the technology section of "HEAT" magazine tell you, anyway).
RE: Why are 'mobile' and 'iPhone' distinct ways of making calls?
Because to make an iPhone call, one must genuflect before the altar of St Jobs, and make sure that you offer the required tithe before you can make an iPhone call. And, if you are so unlucky to live in merika, you are shackled to the beast known as at&t. That is your punishment for wanting to buy an iPhone, you stupid twit.
iPhone vs mobile
Why are they distinct ways of making calls ... well, on the one hand they do appear to be the same but on the other hand you'll short the iPhone's antenna.
RE: iPhone vs mobile
FAIL for presuming that all iPhones are iPhone4s.
RE:RE: iPhone vs mobile
FAIL for choosing pedantry over topical comedy (even if it wasn't THAT funny)
They are going to get fooc all from me...
Whilst the name is good the prices are not!
Great name, terrible site
Web 2.0 design gone mad it just makes me sick.
* cheesy logo with shitty typeface
* shitty fake light effect on graphics
* photos from a furniture catalogue
I mean, there is clearly someone with talent at work but the end result is just so bad. And you could do so much with that name...
And reception shows...?
Foocall: Three bars.
Disclaimer - other metasyntatic variables are available.
Nothing to do with calling generic objects then?
So much for phoning my folks... b'dum tish!
Why call foo'?
My phone is connected to VoIP (with a proper local phone number). To most places it's free. As in FREE. I don't even pay a monthly subscription for that any more, it's just... FREE.
iPhone not a mobile phone anymore, own platform, oh wait!....
I love the way it says 4 ways to make a call. Including mobiles and iPhones. When the hell did an iPhone cease to be a mobile phone and become a platform all on its own?
Oh wait....don't mention Antennagate....
Got a good place they could put there server.
Have they considered running it from Rockall?
Then there'd be Foocall on Rockall.
Paris because she knows Foocall.
10 pence/ min France
Over ten pence per minute to call a mobile in France might be relatively cheap but it is not cheap and they should make that clear.
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