I received the following email from Gilbert...a blog reader:
"I was writing because I was reading some of your blog and noticed that you do the whole technology and gadgets and web 2.0 thing and that you were born in Peru. I'm also into the whole web 2.0 thing and my family comes from Peru and so I wanted to ask you a question. I was wondering what you would recommend for calling Peru through the Internet. I always have to go to the store and buy calling cards which is pretty cheap, but of course there's never one when you need it. I've seen skype and countless others but I was wondering what you would recommend if any. Thanks for the help.
Thanks for writing Gilbert..to answer your question... I would say skype is a good option but do you really want to be stuck at your PC? you could get a PC-less skype handset like below..and hope that the other person in Peru has skype (broadband at home is still rare in some most latin american homes though) what worked for me was Mino wireless which I talked about in May.. their rates were very low and I was calling from my cell phone on the go which is a plus for me...
last week I blogged a about REBTEL and even though I havent had a chance to test it out myself yet I would say if it works like it says it does..I will be calling family and friends worldwide alot more often... why do I love it that much w\out even having tried it out..? one Im a mobile person..never at one place always on the go... and so are alot of friends and family that live overseas..Rebtel targets us..people that dont have a home line, or sit in front of skype at set times...being able to call other cell phones using Rebtel is what its about...now if using your cell phone is not the sort of thing you are into.. another option is to check VoIP providers like Vonage, packet 8 and sunrocket that provide low intl rates or plans that include free calls to certain countries...in conclusion..if you are a mobile person and calling a home line use Mino..if you are calling cell phones use Rebtel...and if you are a stay @ home type of caller check into the many options avail that I noted..hope that helps! now lets eat some ceviche!