Old Feb 5, 19, 2:22 pm
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Originally Posted by der_saeufer View Post
This. From the US, Fi users pay the same rate whether dialing direct or using Hangouts. Outside the US, you pay 20c/min to anywhere when dialing direct or the Hangouts rate when using the Hangouts dialer, so unless you're calling somewhere really remote it's not worth it to dial direct.

Also worth noting is that anyone with any carrier can pay the Hangouts rates by signing up for a free Google Voice account. When you're in the US, you can use the GV app to dial around (your phone automatically calls an American number which puts the call through to the overseas recipient) or use Hangouts over data, same price either way. For GV users abroad, it's Hangouts only.
But be aware that even tho google lists some countries as roaming partners there are other gotcha's for example Thailand is a roaming parnter
BUT THAILAND IS BLOCKED FOR HANGOUTS!!!!
This really got me when phone calling didn't work at all (I couldn't receive or make calls) and support didn't help- planned to use hangouts as a backup BUT when I tried it didn't work and then I found out that it was blocked
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