I have friends in Cali, Medellin and other parts of Colombia. I've used calling cards purchased off the web and have been burnt by lies. Lately I've been buying $5 orbitel cards at the local bodega, but there's got to be a better way............

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try , SKYPE, on a computer, I live in cali and call mobiles and land lines in england and here in cali, for me its very reliable and cheap, www.skype.com.

Posted on November 11, 2007


I've tried Tel3 and Pingo, but didn't care for either. I've also use skype, it work ok, but I don't want to be tethered to my pc.

Ideally I would like a VOIP setup with a colombian phone number, and the cell phone calls for les than 10 cents a minute.

Has anybody tried the orbitel linea directa service?

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lets face it, its cheap here ( colombia) to call anywhere, cabins on the streets , or purchasing minutes for your cellular, visa verca, phone cards ( I can only talk about the uk) I found very cheap in the past , 5 pounds in england bought me a card I could use for about 20 minutes land line calls to cali.

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That's what I was looking for Morph.
Thanks! I'll look out for the hot dog!!!
Don't get fresh people!!!
Thank you everyone!
More input is welcome......

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I know you don't want to be tethered to a PC, but have a look at http://www.voipbuster.com/en/mobile.html, allows you to use the cheap/free calls of voipbuster (I use it all the time for free internaional calls, and the call quality is excellent.

I haven't tried the mobile version I'm suggesting, but it might be worth a look...

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just give your foot a push and investigate

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the cheapest way is to buy vonage phone service and for 25 dollars a month or for an extra 14.99 extra a month for latin american package you can call 10 countries in south america and central america and talk as long as you want 24/7. or if you have a girlfriend there activate vonage here and send it to her in colombia. vonage is a voip so she needs broadband internet.

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Does the Vonage Latin American Package include calls to cellphones in colombia?

Never mind - Did a quick check on the vonage site:

Colombia (Cellular and Premium)
Your number is not included in any of our Unlimited International Calling plans. Our Standard low International Rate for this call is only18¢/per min.

I'm thinking I'll give the Orbitel "Tu Linea Directa" service a try. It's only a 6 month service commitment. For $40 a month you get a Local Colombian number your friends and family can call you on, and a $30 credit for making calls at 1.95 cents/min for calls to residential lines in Colombia and 5.75 cents/min for calls to mobiles.

They offer cheaper packages with less calling credit, but I think this one would best suit my needs.

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I use skype and una tarjetica they sell here in Queens called "La ñ" lol its true.. thats the name.

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My mom used to get Telecom at those Mexican bodegas around Jackson Heights...only like 2 bucks. Also, on 74th street under the 7 train this hindu guy used to sell like 3 cards for $5... you save $1 for the empanada.

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exactly and if buy two you might have enought to go pay a chick at roosevelt for a dance. lol

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hahahahah true true

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I have found the gold oro phone cards cheap and reliable. The only times we have problems are on high traffic times like Christmas Day, Mother's Day, etc. I suspect that all systems have problems at those times.

Ten dollars gets us 210 minutes.

t

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You might try https://www.nishty.com/?
Scroll down to the "conectate" card. 2.66 cents per minute to Colombia land line.
6.95 cents per minute to Colombia cellular. No connection fees.
10.00 card gets you 375 min - land line (143 min cellular).
Card is instantly e-mailed to you.
Best deal we've found.

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I go to 1vende.com and buy either ETB or Telecom phone cards. Those are pretty good.

Diana

Posted on November 11, 2007


Hola!

I pay $15 to 12Voip.com and call Colombian landlines for 300 minutes a week and it lasts 3 months!

I call it free!

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Depends where you are calling from..........I call from Canada for 2.5 cents a minute up to 1,000 minutes. Over 1,000 minutes is .05 cents a minute. No difference in rates for land lines or cel calls. If you are making calls that last a long period of time you can get a card (don't have it handy) and costs .95 cents connection fee and ZERO cents per minute, you only pay the connection fee.
Ronaldo

Posted on November 11, 2007