Calls to the UK from HK should cost about HK$0.15-0.25/min to fixed lines and HK$1.50-2.50/min to UK mobiles. You will pay HK airtime in addition, but, as noted, almost everyone has a monthly subscription which includes more bundled airtime minutes than they will use.
Last edited by PDLM; 06-09-2009 at 08:54 PM.
For some reason I feel a little reluctant to get onto a contract. I think this is because I am moving to a new country and am not sure about my rights etc. It seems that like in the UK, you get loads of free minutes for being on a contract, and usally a free phone, where as PAYG leaves you paying for your phone and paying a little bit more for making calls etc.
The reason for keeping the UK number is because the mobile network I am on will allow free call forwarding. And most of my friends are on the same mobile network so its free inter-network calls. My parents get free local calls with the landline package so can call the local skype number for free. Even with some of my friends calling the local skype number from their mobile it will just be taken off their free minutes so people should be calling me in HK for free. Its only £30 (~360$HK) a year for the skype landline number, which is quite cheap. Thats why I was looking at buying the skype phone really.
You can get some landline packages which let you call specific countries at local rates are even free from the UK depending on your provider, but I suspect there would be charges to call a foreign (HK) mobile.
The only problem, as far as I can see with the skype method I was planning on setting up is that making calls from HK through skype to a non-skype or from HK straight to the UK, as you say, cost a bit more than getting an IDD plan, but I am wondering whether the extra cost may be worth it if people could contact me for free (or using free minutes). The total cost of this skype option would be about $2,000 for the year, and if I kept the phone for more than 12 months this would obviously be more cost effective.
I would guess that this is more expensive than a IDD contract however. Either way I would still be using skype to talk to people on my computer, I suppose the only reason for wanting the access through my mobile is purely for convience more than anything else. Rather than always having to be at home to speak to friends. Either way I would still be paying for the skype landline so that non-skype friends in the UK could contact me - to call abroad from the UK can cost a bit and I apparently am simply not worth the extra cost!
So keep the skype as you propose for inbound calls, but get 0060,0080 or IDT1529 here for your outbound. There is no subscription or contract commitment for IDD service - you just pay for the calls, postpaid at the end of the month. It will be cheaper than using SkypeOut.
The thing you didn't have in your analysis is the cost of keeping the UK mobile number...
Last edited by PDLM; 06-09-2009 at 10:19 PM.
I am transfering my UK number to PAYG so I will just top it up once and then leave it. So that is effectively zero unless I text people from it which is probably the only use I will have for it, apart from when I visit the UK.
I will look into these IDD packages if they are cheaper than SkypeOut as that is probably my main cost and at present my main reason for considering other options other than the skype phone.