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Saving cash when making calls

What are some of the different ways to save cash when making calls?

Not only can you save money making calls but friends and family can save money when calling you. Here are some good ways.

FaceTime: This is considered the best video chat tool, allowing you to both voice and video call with those you have added to your network. Most people find it convenient to use their Apple phone or iPad, although you may prefer to use your computer. While the service works with the 3G mobile service you can avoid using your data allowance if making your call over the internet. Register your device with your broadband wifi and call in the usual way. You will need a 2Mb broadband speed for good reception. See this link for more:

WhatsApp Messenger: This free app can be downloaded on Android, iPhones and others.
You can use it to call friends, send and receive messages, photos and videos and more. Make sure you connect this to your wifi for use when at home. See:

Skype: This instant messaging service allows you to send and receive messages, including video ones and digital documents. Many people use it to make group video calls as it works on mobiles, tablets and computers. It can also be used to call ordinary phones. See

You can also help those who call you from the UK. At least one provider offers a free service called UKDirect2U that gives savings compared with calling France from a BT landline. A 10 minute call over BT will cost a 12p connection charge and 40p/min, making a total of £4.12p. The alternative service has a 12p connection fee but the call costs 3p/min, making the same 10 minute call cost only £0.42p.

It works by ‘translating’ your French number to a low cost UK one. It does not affect your normal French number. This service does not require you or a caller to sign a contract or pay a charge but you must ensure the number is used at least once every three months.

Question answered by Bob Elliott from the telephone and broadband provider, UK Telecom. See for more information on their services in France

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