China Mobile call to the USA for 30¢/minute

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If you’re a China Mobile user, you may or may not be aware that you can get inexpensive international long distance (国际长途)by dialing 17951+00 then the country code and number you want to reach. You can actual save the full number in your address book (not like using a calling card) for the people you call most frequently and make the habit of saving a lot. Note that you don’t want to save this as the primary number in your address book, else you won’t be able to send text messages.

That is 2.2元/minute (See complete IP talk Rate Chart), compare this to the direct dial price of 0.8元/6 seconds – or 8.0元/minute, it’s a savings of almost 80%. At the currently miserable USD exchange rate, using “IP Phone” from China Mobile is just over USD 30¢/minute.

If you check the Skype Rate Chart, calling to a China Mobile phone is only 2.4¢/minute, so Skype In is still by far the cheapest way to talk to someone on your mobile for a long conversation. Here’s China Mobile’s post about Int’l Long Distance

国际长途
您打给国外朋友的长途电话
使用方式
1、确认您的手机号码已经开通国际长途功能;
2、您可以直接拨打:
00+国家或地区代码+城市代码+对方号码
或00+国家或地区代码+对方手机号码
3、也可以加拨17951进行IP通话:
17951+00+国家或地区代码+城市代码+对方号码
17951+00+国家或地区代码+对方手机号码
标准资费
1、至世界各地0.80元/6秒,采用分时段及国家法定节假日资费优惠的办法;
2、加拨17951具体资费以当地移动公司公布为准
特别提醒 
目前国际长途可通达世界上280多个国家和地区。
具体开通情况,请以当地移动公司公布为准。

Details at Baidu “Know” (chinese) on a variety of Int’l calling options.

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