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The Cost of Staying in Touch !

Discussion in 'British Filipino Suggestion Box' started by C3lt1957, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. Drunken Max
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    Drunken Max Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    Thanks, I guestimated by looking at some of the inclusive call packages available
  2. Dave_E
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    Dave_E Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    Does anybody remember:
    • Handwriting a letter,
    • Placing it in an envelope,
    • Walking to the post office and buying a stamp,
    • Posting the letter in a pillar box.
    Things were so much easier in those days. :like:
  3. graham59
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    graham59 Banned

    I still have the letters sent from the Phils by my first wife... back in 1990. Airmail of course.

    The 'round trip' of our letters took about a month. Even in the early 90s, it cost a pound a minute for a phone call to the Phils... first 5 minutes taken up by excited Tagalog chatter from friends or relatives... determining whether or not your loved one was actually at home or not... if they'd figured out you weren't a Martian or summat, causing that strange object in the corner to ring out.

    At least letters (with photos) were a lot more convincing, and easier to show the Entry Officer, than a bundle of chat logs and emails.
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  4. Mattecube
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    Mattecube I have no need Trusted Member

    When was the last time you recieved a holiay postcard?
  5. bigmac
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    bigmac Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    who can afford a postage stamp any more ?
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  6. Mattecube
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    Mattecube I have no need Trusted Member

    What' a postage stamp?
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  7. bigmac
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    bigmac Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    most paper mail i get is junk.
  8. Dave_E
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    Dave_E Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    Same for e-mail.
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  9. DavidAlma
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    DavidAlma Well-Known Member

    Agree that FaceTime works well here. I chat with my daughter in UK each weekend for about an hour. Always good quality, no drop outs.
  10. CatchFriday
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    CatchFriday Active Member

    I suggest that you get Vonage and send her the Vonage box that will plug into her router - that will recognise the line as a UK line, and then you can call her for free.
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  11. DavidAlma
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    DavidAlma Well-Known Member

    Yes, but she will still have to pay for the internet connection, so may not be too expensive, but not free.
  12. Omega1965
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    Omega1965 New Member

    im very interested in this topic as we use facebook messenger to video call between Northamptonshire and Siquijor, Siquijor . I know it costs about 26 pesos for about an hours video calling, Im on giffgaff and I pay 20 quid a month for 80 gig of internet use, I dont even know hat network my Sharon uses, Ill have to ask her . Im not if this is cheap or not so enlighten me if you can please? all I know is the connectionb is pretty solid even in thunderstorms in Siquijor Siquijor.
  13. Druk1
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    Druk1 Well-Known Member

    Siquijor Town? I know it well, I lived in siquijor for a while :) have you been there? It's changed dramatically in the 30 years since I first went when there were no private cars nor surfaced roads on the island, isla Del fuego always had a rep for wakwaks, maƱana gals, balbals and aswang, just superstitious nonsense really :) what's your good ladies family name if you don't mind me asking? I have lots of friends on the island.
  14. Aromulus
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    Aromulus The Don Staff Member

    I suggest a simple solution to some of the costs.
    I used to hang around free wi-fi spots, and my wife did the same.

    I am on BT broadband at home now, but it allows me to latch on to over 5 million wifi hot spots in the country, and if that is not available, any coffee place, MacD's. KFC, Burger King and supermarket do offer free WIFI. Heck, even M&S...

    Failing all that, my "3" deal allows me true unlimited data, phone and text for 20 quid a month
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