This is so horrible for Skype here ... but I can't recommend DellVoice. Their long distance is the worst I tried. And I did give them a fair 2 days try with some $ credits.
If Skype is not providing us an online phone number here by May, they loose me as a customer. Not a big thing, but still.
I've been waiting years now for Skype to get an online Canadian number. The phone companies are charging exorbanent feeds for smartphone use - I'd just like to use my phone's 6 GB data plan for incoming and outgoing calls on Skype. It's quite childish that Skype would leave this issue unresolved for years and years and years - always diverting to the CRTC monologue. The CRTC has responded to the Skype concerns and Skype's dropped the ball in their court. I think I'll be looking at this same thread in 2015 with all of us p*ssing and moaning about how Skype's still not in Canada.
I'll let you in on a little story. There is a credit card reader company in the States that's not a circle (hint). They provide a dongle that goes on your iPhone so that you can read credit cards conveniently and get paid. This is huge for a small business that doesn't want to pay the large fees for a big, klugy credit card machine. I emailed said company as to when they'll be in Canada - and I got the usual response from the robot hoi polloi as to why they can't set up shop here. So another company who's in collusion with a big online auction site, they're introducing a very similar, triagular dongle to Canada within the next few weeks. The moral of the story? Get the job done or somebody else will.
I thought it seemed a great idea so my US and Canadian kids could call me while I'm in NZ 3 months/year. So, noticing it wasn't available in Canada I bought a $70 online number for NZ, as I was reading that there'd be no charge for callers from out of the country. Problem is, even though I have switched my online access thing to "anyone" - the thing isn't working; can anyone throw light on this - if it won't work, I would like my money back. And is that possible? I'd do it right now, as I am a wee bit ticked off. Elizabeth
As a note, if you use virtufon (which works great), you CANNOT receive text messages on it from Skype IF you are in the 604 area code. This means you cannot do the caller ID verification or anything else that requires a text message to be sent from Skype.
I spent almost an hour with Skype's support trying to get this dealt with - unfortunately they never understood the problem and just kept saying they don't support it (which is not true).
This is the email from virtufon's tech support, I don't know how to communicate this any differently to Skype but after an hour of explaning it the agent still did not understand...
As usual the CRTC is the problem.
Sadly - yes it is. Until the required licenses are issued Skype can't provide the service.