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August 29, 2006

Users of Rebtel, Please Stand Up!

Olga Kharif

I just talked with a start-up called Rebtel which, per VoIP gury Jeff Pulver, could prove to be the next Skype. Rebtel, whose service is still in Beta, allows mobile phone users to make international and long-distance calls using their local wireless minutes for $1 a week.

I trialed the service this morning. The way it works is, you sign up on Rebtel's Web site. Then, to call a friend, you dial a local number (a Portland, Ore., number, in my case) but it rings, say, in Sweden. There are certain inconveniences involved, though: In order for you to not pay long distance fees, your Swedish friend has to pick up, then hang up and redial a local number to finally connect with you. (Doing that on a cell phone is easy, you just redial the number that called you last.)

Have you trialed this service? How do you like it? Do you like it better than other mobile VoIP offerings out there? I would greatly appreciate your input. Thanks!

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I LOVE this service. It makes it possible for me to communicate with my friends and boyfriend in Chile, basically for free. And with the convenience of being able to use a cell phone, it's amazing. Unlike services like Skype, which are clearly good services and very cheap, I can use my cell phone or my home phone to make calls, which makes talking much more comfortable for me.

I encourage everyone who has friends or family abroad to go out and try this service, it is phenomenal!!!

Posted by: Brittany at August 30, 2006 12:59 PM

Olga has just coined a new word! guy+guru=gury

Posted by: Josh Morgan at August 31, 2006 03:10 PM

Rebtel really made my life so much easier. as a businessman in Canada who calls Europe regularly at least 10 times a day from my cell phone, I have all of my contacts programmed into my phone each one has a unique phone number, since the rates are so competitive with the calling cards, some times I don't even ask the other person to call me back. at first Rebtel sounded like a bit of a pain to have the other party call back, after a while it became automatic, I call someone and he asks shall I call you back, if its going to be a short phone call I say don't bother, the rates are so cheap.

Calling the USA for me is such a breeze, in the past I had a calling card which recognized my caller ID and gave me a prompt to dial my number, which I have to say is very convenient, but with Rebtel I eliminate that step I have numbers pre programmed, to dial my contacts is just one push of a button and I hear ringing right away.

I would also like to mention quality, as I am a frequent international caller my experience with most of the calling cards was not good, the quality is always bad, the wait time for the ring is sooo long and so is the pain that you get cut off every so often, with Rebtel its starts ringing right away and the call quality is crystal clear. its like having international long distance on your cell phone but paying calling card prices. to make a long story short Rebtel is saving me lots of time and money and making life so much easier.

Thank you Rebtel

Posted by: Brian Weiss at September 1, 2006 11:38 AM

I started using Rebtel on July 14, 2006 and I'm loving it! The quality is a lot better then using prepaid card.

Posted by: Dbpr at September 6, 2006 10:18 PM


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