I am an Australian travelling through Germany and Sweden for one month.
I would like the friends I am visiting to be able to call me (to my ipad or ipod).
Can I get a German phone number (so they can make local calls), or if I get an Online number here in Australia, are my friends charged international rates to call me while I am in Germany?
Is an Online Number the right way to go?
Any ideas, suggestions?
I could not see a way to get an online number within Germany as it states you must be a resident, with an address. So, not available for a tourist.
Are there alternatives?
If I got an Australian Online Number, and then travel to Germany... would my friends be charged international rates when they call me?
If the friends who would call an Australian Online Number are outside Australia, they would be charged for an international call. An Australian Online Number could be useful for your friends or family that are in Australia. Depending on where they are in Australia, those calls could potentially be considered local calls.
If your German friends are not able to get on Skype, another option may be to get an Online Number in a different European country. Skype has Online Numbers from other countries where there is no requirement to be a local resident (the UK is one of them). This would still be an international call for your German friends, but maybe not as expensive to call somewhere else in Europe vs. Australia.
Honestly, I wish it worked like skype says but it is very unreliable - at least that has been my experience. Some cell phones only get a busy signal when they try calling in, many times when you are calling it comes up as an odd phone number.
The only good thing is that its cheap, so i guess you get what you pay for. Skype is great, but their online number is not as great.