On Tue, 29 Dec 2009, Niall O Broin wrote:
> > However, if I wanted to terminate calls on my Meteor mobile, are there
> > any services that provide this for a reasonable cost?
>> Sadly, no - depending on your value of reasonable, of course. The problem
> is the termination fees levied by mobile carriers here, such that you're
> unlikely to be able to terminate calls for a single digit number of cents
> per minute.
Indeed. We saved my better half's mother a small fortune on her UK
landline bill just by getting her to call our 076 VoIP number instead of
the lady's mobile. We didn't bother setting her up with VoIP, the main
money saver was for her to not have to call an Irish mobile number.
The termination fees are so high that some businesses have a bunch of
mobile phones (aka cell routes) for each network hooked to their local pbx
in order to route outgoing calls through a mobile that's local to that
network and avoid the fees.
The problem then is that so many numbers have been ported between networks
that you can no longer reliably tell what network a mobile is on based on
its number. If you're assuming 087 means a Vodafone phone, you're wrong a
fair chunk of the time. Last time I checked, 30% of all numbers had been
ported, though some might since have been ported back. All very messy. I
don't suppose anyone knows of a reliable way to determine what network a
mobile is really on -- something which asterisk could use?
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