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Please note: any information on charges and prices given on this page is subject to change.
Mobile VoIP - International Calls at Local Rates
Mobile VoIP is an application of VoIP (technologies allowing
Voice communications Over the Internet) that allows you to
connect to a VoIP network via your mobile phone and make
international calls, using a third party provider for the
international leg of the call. Savings are typically 90%
or more... Expat phone home!
A highly recommended VoIP service provider, which provides
cheap international calling rates,
is Rebtel. Founded in 2006 in Sweden, Rebtel is an award-winning
Mobile VoIP provider. Its technology allows you to make mobile-mobile
and mobile-land line international calls, and works by creating
local land line numbers in both the country of origin and
country of destination, and routing the international part
of the call over VoIP. For the user, this means only being
charged for the cost of a local call, not the expensive international
Unlike similar providers offering calls over VoIP, calls
with Rebtel are made without any additional user-installed
software, computers or Internet connections. They also work
with any mobile phone and carrier. You can also make free international calls between
more than 50 countries. Enjoy maximum calling at minimum
Mobile / Cell Phones in Finland
(matkapuhelin, kännykkä, känny)
There is no "set-up fee" for a mobile phone in
Finland so this is usually the cheapest way to get a phone
number, but if you are a foreigner without an established
credit history you may be required to
make an advance payment to open a mobile phone line. This
can be substantial - perhaps € 500 - but
if you pay your bills on time the amount is fully refundable
when either a) you cancel the service, or b) the "trial
up to 2 years is over.
If you also need to acquire a phone, many of Finland's mobile service operators have
followed the path seen in other countries, and offer a phone
as part of a service package. Alternatively you can buy a
phone practically anywhere - even the ubiquitous R-Kioskis
sell them occasionally packaged with pre-paid calling
cards. These days (mid-2010) it's not unusual to see basic
known-brand phones for €30 - 40. At the other
end of the spectrum, you can expect to pay €500 or so
for a top Nokia model. If money is really tight, don't hesitate
to ask your friends or acquaintances if they have an old
phone you could use - many people have phones left over from
past upgrades. You can also try huuto.net -
the Finnish equivalent of Ebay, and very handy for buying anything second-hand
- but you will need a Finnish speaker to help you navigate.
Mobiles are a reasonably cheap way of communicating, particularly
if you use text messages (SMS) rather than actually calling.
SMS, local call and international call rates vary significantly
between operators. Shop around for
the best deal, and keep an eye out for special packages and
promotions which are increasingly common as competition increases.
Landline / Fixed Phone
Services in Finland
So you're a nostalgia buff and you want
a landline? Seriously, you'll probably
be the only person on the block to have one, so maybe
you can start a retro trend! Contact Elisa Communications regarding
installation of landlines.
This pricing may not be 100% accurate,
but it's close: for a home phone, you pay
a non-recurring subscription
of € 99*, and continue with monthly fees
of € 12,45
+ call charges. The local call rate is 12¢/call + 1¢/min
regardless of time of day. You will also
receive telephone directories and free-of-charge services
including Caller ID, Call Forwarding
& Call Waiting. Charges differ for business lines.
*if an installer has to visit your home there will be
an additional charge.
Finnish Telephone Networks
Following are Finland's major mobile communications operators. Many are also Internet
Service Providers and TV service providers. Phone numbers
operate during normal business hours:
||044 144 044
||(09) 4247 5000
||(09) 228 9100
||Finnish + limited English/Swedish
||050 950 500
||(09) 4243 0456
||040 4123 123
Prepaid Mobile Services in
Prepaid phone subscriptions from operators
such as Sonera are available from outlets including R-Kioskis
and larger service stations. Starting packages in
mid-2011 cost about € 7-10 and include € 6-10 worth
of airtime. Simply buy a package, install the included
SIM card in your mobile phone, key in the codes
provided and you can start making calls. Your new phone number
is included with the package. You will be alerted when your
airtime is running out, and can then "recharge"
the subscription from a prepaid dealer. You
can also reload airtime from the Internet.
Prepaid packages are a very attractive way to get started
with a mobile phone service; the downside is that the charge
per minute, or message, is comparatively high and you are
unable to make international calls.
Regardless of the operator you subscribe to for your regular
service, you can choose which operator you would like to
handle individual international phone calls. Operators' rates
per minute vary dramatically. Not only that but one operator
may have cheap rates to one country while their rates to
another country are comparatively high. Check the operators above
for their rates to various countries; you may find one that
will allow you to "phone home" regularly
at a great saving. Please note that you have to add the local
network charge to the prices given on the Web pages. Sometimes
the prices are shown without the 24% sales tax.
To call with a different operator: Normally
when making an international call from a mobile phone you
key the + sign first; this simply specifies that the call
will be placed through your regular operator. Instead, key
in the prefix of the operator you want to handle the call*.
For example 991 (Saunalahti), 990 (Sonera) or 999 (Elisa).
Then dial the country code, the area code and the actual phone number as usual.
*some operators require you to register - check
their sites for details
Ex: 999 (Elisa prefix) 61 (country code) 2 (area code) 9234
Calling on the Internet
The cheapest way to make calls is to use your computer "PC
to PC". You will need a soundcard, a microphone and speakers/headphones,
or a headset. Those are pretty cheap these days, and already
built into most laptops. Sound quality is constantly improving
and now often of telephone standard, even if you're
calling the opposite side of the world on an average connection.
the leader in this field, works extremely well, and it's
free. It's very easy to download and install, and if you
have a web-cam you can also make free video calls PC to PC,
as well as conference calls and more. Skype works on Windows,
Mac, Linux and PDAs (Pocket PC).
Nearly all programmes for Internet calls work on the same
- Fill in the user registration at the Web site
- Download the programme
- Buy "phone" time (rates for calling
phones from your PC are much lower than by phone)
- Make the call
The following sites have received positive feedback: