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Options for overseas communications
« on: May 04, 2016, 05:49:27 PM »
Hello
This is my first opening topic that I have posted.  I did not find another topic that seemed to provide the answer to the question that I have.  If it was addressed earlier, please provide me the link.  Thank you in advance.   tiphat

My question is about what options are available to communicate with someone overseas?  There are the obvious ones - email, phone, video chat, postal mail, and a face to face meeting.  I have a lady who I got off from the agency site and corresponded with her by private email.  She said that she uses a wifi public connection to get online sometimes, so it would not be convenient for her to use video chat (such as Skype and Viber).  She provided to me her cell phone number to call her.  For international cell phone calls, the cellular company often tacks on a heavy surcharge for those calls whether you call out or receive the call.  I think the land line service will only bill the calling out side, but not sure if she has a land line phone or not.  She asked her cell phone company about international service and the cost was rather expensive (based on the local currency).  Does anyone have a suggestion to any cheap communication alternatives for someone in Ukraine?  Thanks.

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Re: Options for overseas communications
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2016, 06:08:07 PM »
Hello
This is my first opening topic that I have posted.  I did not find another topic that seemed to provide the answer to the question that I have.  If it was addressed earlier, please provide me the link.  Thank you in advance.   tiphat

My question is about what options are available to communicate with someone overseas?  There are the obvious ones - email, phone, video chat, postal mail, and a face to face meeting.  I have a lady who I got off from the agency site and corresponded with her by private email.  She said that she uses a wifi public connection to get online sometimes, so it would not be convenient for her to use video chat (such as Skype and Viber).  She provided to me her cell phone number to call her.  For international cell phone calls, the cellular company often tacks on a heavy surcharge for those calls whether you call out or receive the call.  I think the land line service will only bill the calling out side, but not sure if she has a land line phone or not.  She asked her cell phone company about international service and the cost was rather expensive (based on the local currency).  Does anyone have a suggestion to any cheap communication alternatives for someone in Ukraine?  Thanks.

Sorry there is a basic disconnect from reality.

I have dated numerous women and am now married to a woman who lives in Kiev. We communicate for more less free with Skype and Viber, as well as Message service of FaceBook. Again all are free. She has one device that I gave her and two devices that she bought with her own money to do this. In fact all the devices cost less than if acquired in Western Europe or North America. If a woman, man, French poddle or ewok refuses to communicate via these above methods there is something rotten.

If you want a low cost service I would look at the T-Mobile international plan, I think about $60 unlimited calls in and out per month, but again you/she does not really need it. The reason I have this service is because some people I speak with need a recording of the conversation.

But all what you describe is wasted effort and money until you say what date you will be on the plane to Ukraine or Russia.
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Re: Options for overseas communications
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2016, 08:24:16 AM »
Back before Skype etc. and continuing to the present time we use a local "International Calling Card" to call family in Ukraine.  For land lines a $5 CDN card will provide 30 minutes local time in Ukraine.  For Cell phones it gives about 5 minutes air time.  This is a simple way to connect and see if the family is available to connect on Skype.

When calling to Russia the available time expands to about 10 times what is provided in Ukraine!

As far as I can tell there is no cost to the receiving line in Ukraine or elsewhere for such incoming calls.


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Re: Options for overseas communications
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2016, 08:31:50 AM »
Whats up! Its totally free to make calls all over the world.. I think days of women only having access to public WI Fi are over.. Everyone has internet at home now?? Its like 200 roubles a month in our block to get going, its nearly free!!
Even all the old babushkas have internet at home today?

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Re: Options for overseas communications
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2016, 11:04:33 AM »
Whats up! Its totally free to make calls all over the world.. I think days of women only having access to public WI Fi are over.. Everyone has internet at home now?? Its like 200 roubles a month in our block to get going, its nearly free!!
Even all the old babushkas have internet at home today?

Do you have 'social Internet packages' over there?
We do. They are designed so that even poor folks can go online. Dead cheap, and service is as good as top end was half a decade ago. Internet for grannies and unemployed. Mind you, these days even that is probably no longer really necessary. I now pay €4 per month for the following, on my fone:

3000 minutes Telia network
3000 SMS or MMS Telia network
1 GB Internet
Package price € 4

Set your darling up with a Skype account from your end, keep it funded for a few dollars a month and she can jibber jabber away to your heart's content for, effectively, free.
If your bint is putting up objections then she is not real, or if real, is not interested in you. Same thing really!

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Re: Options for overseas communications
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2016, 12:28:04 PM »
Whats up! Its totally free to make calls all over the world.. I think days of women only having access to public WI Fi are over.. Everyone has internet at home now?? Its like 200 roubles a month in our block to get going, its nearly free!!
Even all the old babushkas have internet at home today?

Do you have 'social Internet packages' over there?
We do. They are designed so that even poor folks can go online. Dead cheap, and service is as good as top end was half a decade ago. Internet for grannies and unemployed. Mind you, these days even that is probably no longer really necessary. I now pay €4 per month for the following, on my fone:

3000 minutes Telia network
3000 SMS or MMS Telia network
1 GB Internet
Package price € 4

Set your darling up with a Skype account from your end, keep it funded for a few dollars a month and she can jibber jabber away to your heart's content for, effectively, free.
If your bint is putting up objections then she is not real, or if real, is not interested in you. Same thing really!

I use three internet providers each one is about 500 roubles a month and includes 100 tv channels as one is for the kids.  But you you can get a basic package for about 100Roubles with 50 tv channels so everyone can afford it!
We never use any text or phone calls , just use Whats up for everything. I think Skype has had its days now they need some serious marketing cos they are loosing their market share to whats up fast.. just like texting.. who uses texting today? Nobody hardly..

Since I have been in Russia I have yet to visit any household that doesn't have internet access..





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Re: Options for overseas communications
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2016, 12:44:26 PM »
Whats up! Its totally free to make calls all over the world.. I think days of women only having access to public WI Fi are over.. Everyone has internet at home now?? Its like 200 roubles a month in our block to get going, its nearly free!!
Even all the old babushkas have internet at home today?

Do you have 'social Internet packages' over there?
We do. They are designed so that even poor folks can go online. Dead cheap, and service is as good as top end was half a decade ago. Internet for grannies and unemployed. Mind you, these days even that is probably no longer really necessary. I now pay €4 per month for the following, on my fone:

3000 minutes Telia network
3000 SMS or MMS Telia network
1 GB Internet
Package price € 4

Set your darling up with a Skype account from your end, keep it funded for a few dollars a month and she can jibber jabber away to your heart's content for, effectively, free.
If your bint is putting up objections then she is not real, or if real, is not interested in you. Same thing really!

I use three internet providers each one is about 500 roubles a month and includes 100 tv channels as one is for the kids.  But you you can get a basic package for about 100Roubles with 50 tv channels so everyone can afford it!
We never use any text or phone calls , just use Whats up for everything. I think Skype has had its days now they need some serious marketing cos they are loosing their market share to whats up fast.. just like texting.. who uses texting today? Nobody hardly..

Since I have been in Russia I have yet to visit any household that doesn't have internet access..

I know of several that do not have internet access
What is worse than not being able to get what you don't even want?

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Re: Options for overseas communications
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2016, 12:51:00 PM »
Whats up! Its totally free to make calls all over the world.. I think days of women only having access to public WI Fi are over.. Everyone has internet at home now?? Its like 200 roubles a month in our block to get going, its nearly free!!
Even all the old babushkas have internet at home today?

Do you have 'social Internet packages' over there?
We do. They are designed so that even poor folks can go online. Dead cheap, and service is as good as top end was half a decade ago. Internet for grannies and unemployed. Mind you, these days even that is probably no longer really necessary. I now pay €4 per month for the following, on my fone:

3000 minutes Telia network
3000 SMS or MMS Telia network
1 GB Internet
Package price € 4

Set your darling up with a Skype account from your end, keep it funded for a few dollars a month and she can jibber jabber away to your heart's content for, effectively, free.
If your bint is putting up objections then she is not real, or if real, is not interested in you. Same thing really!

I use three internet providers each one is about 500 roubles a month and includes 100 tv channels as one is for the kids.  But you you can get a basic package for about 100Roubles with 50 tv channels so everyone can afford it!
We never use any text or phone calls , just use Whats up for everything. I think Skype has had its days now they need some serious marketing cos they are loosing their market share to whats up fast.. just like texting.. who uses texting today? Nobody hardly..

Since I have been in Russia I have yet to visit any household that doesn't have internet access..

I know of several that do not have internet access

Obviously you and me mix with different social circles  ;D

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Re: Options for overseas communications
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2016, 04:02:18 PM »
We use voipwise for calling to Ukrainian landlines or cellphones.  Skype also has an option for placing calls to landlines or cell phones but is a bit more expensive last Time I looked. 


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Re: Options for overseas communications
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2016, 04:29:47 PM »
Thanks everyone for the information and suggestions.  Note that not everyone here in the USA has internet service and many not for profits and working poor have difficulties with getting reasonably priced internet access.  Cable, satellite, and FIOS are not cheap.  :money: Dial-up is the only really cheap service, but it is SLOW.  I do not have a Voip service line, but will look into the online services that use that technology.

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« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2016, 04:59:23 PM »
I have never had an issue communicating with anyone in the FSU.
Moldova, Ukraine ,Russia Tajikistan all had internet access.
Maybe 10 years ago it might have been an issue but I find it difficult to believe a young woman in Ukraine would not be able to access the internet without a problem.
IF you used a  pay to play dating site to find this woman you need to ask yourself  how she accessed her account?  And how often she was active on the site during the time you first started communication?
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« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2016, 05:52:22 PM »
I have never had an issue communicating with anyone in the FSU.
Moldova, Ukraine ,Russia Tajikistan all had internet access.
Maybe 10 years ago it might have been an issue but I find it difficult to believe a young woman in Ukraine would not be able to access the internet without a problem.
IF you used a  pay to play dating site to find this woman you need to ask yourself  how she accessed her account?  And how often she was active on the site during the time you first started communication?

Accessing the internet was not a problem for her, it was the cost associated with using international call on her mobile phone that was the issue.  Like for my T-Mobile phone plan, it is extra to make out of the USA calls.  There are probably calling plans that include international service, but it is extra cost.  She said that she accessed her account at a public wifi location.  Her profile was not that old on the dating site (I think about a few months).  After she provided me her mobile phone number, her profile has been inactive since that time.  She does email me through her private email (yandex.ru account) after her profile has been inactive at the dating site.

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« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2016, 06:17:04 PM »
Don't shoot the messenger, links to articles posted, don't necessarily reflect my personal opinion.

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Re: Options for overseas communications
« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2016, 06:42:20 PM »
I'm sure you should be able to find discount phone card service.
I used the link below to get super low rates to Russia.
Ukraine has to have something similar.

https://www.allorussia.com/?_language=en&gclid=CjwKEAjw3qu5BRC-0uCw8O6Y5zcSJAA_WtdLwtV2KLkclhf0jIanhzCcnW2pvHbB0paiMS-LbkfT9RoC0uPw_wcB


http://allorussia.com/apps_voice?gclid=CjwKEAjw3qu5BRC-0uCw8O6Y5zcSJAA_WtdLktz1quTdgTXyIA4WOSVKOxEpBqvbk9CBRXKJBK6F-BoC0gLw_wcB

The rate shown to call to a Ukraine mobile phone line is almost 32 cents per minute.  I think I can find a lower rate.

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Re: Options for overseas communications
« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2016, 06:52:30 PM »

Skype charges to Russia from the US

land line  2.3¢/min† 

cell phone   10¢/min†
What is worse than not being able to get what you don't even want?