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International call? or not? (Help please!)

Discussion in 'Verizon Wireless Forum' started by ShaunaBlair, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. ShaunaBlair

    ShaunaBlair New Member

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    Okay, I hope I can explain this to where it makes sense. The customer service at Verizon was very rude earlier and told me I'd have to wait for my next billing cycle to find the answers I seek, so I gave up on them for a bit.

    My boyfriend is in Baghdad, Iraq now, working for a company that purifies the water there. He has been calling me on an internet phone (apparently this is different form a regular landline phone or cell phone), which shows up as a Houston, Texas phone number (where his company is based).

    I checked online to see the location of the calls, and it does show up as Houston. I was wondering if this is still considered an international call? Will international calls even show up on your current overview call log online? How do you know it's an international call? My boyfriend says it is considered just a long distance call since it is an internet phone and Houston number, but I wanted to verify that to avoid outrageous charges on my next bill.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Incoming calls show as incoming calls. The cost to you is no different than someone calling from across the street. If it's a regular number you won't pay anything. If it's to a cellphone you'll pay whatever you would normally pay (or not) to receive a call. Even if the caller ID showed he was calling from Iraq it wouldn't cost you anything extra.
     
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    As long as you are in your plan's coverage area, it does not matter where the other party is calling. I have received calls from Africa (an online tool verified this... on my bill, the call showed up as unavailable) and I did not pay extra. If you are calling the Houston phone number, there will not be any extra fees, even though the Texas based number is connecting your pal in Iraq.
     
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    Most of that makes sense.

    I have called the number a couple of times myself. It is a Houston number, and shows as "Houston" for destination on my call log online. However since it is an internet phone, it connects to him in Iraq. Not sure how that works exactly. I wish I knew a little more about internet phones and perhaps I would feel better.
     
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    ShaunaBlair,

    When you dial the Houston number from your cell phone, Verizon completes the call to your boyfriends company in Houston, and as far as Verizon is concerned, the call is complete. From there, the company in Houston takes your call and puts it into their Data network and it gets routed to Iraq through the Internet (VOIP). Basically your only using Verizon wireless to connect you from your cell phone to the company in Houston.
     
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    Fabulous! That is the peace of mind I needed! International calls are so expensive these days, that i did not want to rack up an outrageous bill. I just was unsure how an internet phone actually worked. Thanks for explaining it in normal terms!

    Shauna
     
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    Actually, in general international calls are quite cheap compared to what they were only a few years ago. I have relatives in Israel and 25 years ago it cost me $6.75 for a 3-minute direct dialed call to Israel where it only costs me 6¢/minute now. I know calling Iraq is more expensive, but nowhere near what it was a few years ago.
     
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    Sheesh. I can't imagine it being more expensive. I thought $2 a minute was outrageous. That must have been hard for those who had loved ones overseas at the time.
     
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    You just used your time well and there was no "yakking" about inconsequential things.

    Same as anything else. Sometimes you see people non-stop chatting. On the other hand I have a 300 minute plan per month and I've only gone over a couple times in all of five years.
     
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    I can't imagine being so limited with the time to talk to my boyfriend. Perhaps you get used to it over time though.

    I don't think Verizon even offers us less than 450 minutes from what I've seen. Being in the journalism field, I had to opt for unlimited and pay the price since my cell phone is used often. It must be nice for your pocketbook though!
     
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    that sort of thing has been catching on........it's my understanding that Internet phone lines you can take with you anywhere.....if you have Vonage home phone service you can technically take the box overseas and plug it into broadband and boom your relatives can call you for free.........i'll prolli end up doing this if i ever spend extended periods of tim in New Zealand with my father and his family........
     
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