Thursday, September 21, 2006

EQO revisited

Well, I managed to install EQO on my motorola L6. I use virgin mobile but as this was not an option as a carrier, I selected T-mobile as Virgin piggybacks on T-mobile. Installation was straight forward although I had to install Opera mini onto my mobile as the virgin browser wasn't letting me download EQO.
Installation was not to bad but the pricing system is far more complex. I phone France for 1 min and these are the pricing details:
Virgin charged me twice for data transfer
21-Sep-06 10:41:28 Accessing other sites £0.03
21-Sep-06 10:41:28 Accessing other sites £0.07
And Skype charged me twice:
21/09/2006 10:42 My mobile 00:01:02 duration
21/09/2006 10:42 France, Landline 00:00:47 duration
This cost me €0.22=£0.14
TOTAL COST of £0.24
This is mainly the cost of the SkypeOut from my computer to my mobile for the initial connection (£0.166 including VAT). I've actually been charged a bit less.
Calling France would normally cost me £0.40 per minute with Virgin.
EQO seems a bit cheaper. Next time I call, I will spend a bit more time on the line and I will report back to you. I think that if Skype and EQO got together to give more appropriate information about pricing, they might get a few more people interested.

2 comments:

Chris said...

We at EQO would love to provide our users with detailed cost information regarding the use of the EQO for Skype service, but we simply can't. It's just not possible as there are hundreds of carriers our there each with multiple data plan offerings, this is in addition to the hundreds of different SkypeOut rates. The number of combinations is immense, not to mention the problem of tracking changes in carrier plans and SkypeOut rates that fluctuate regularly with currencies.

All we can say is that EQO uses a few KB of data to connect and less than a KB of data to place a call. At this point you’ll need SkypeOut credit (free some places, check out: http://www.skype.com/products/skypeout/rates/all_rates.html) to reach your mobile and possibly more SkypeOut credit if you are calling another number, not a SkypeOut contact.

Thanks,

Chris
EQO Customer Evangelist

Chris said...

We at EQO would love to provide our users with detailed cost information regarding the use of the EQO for Skype service, but we simply can't. It's just not possible as there are hundreds of carriers our there each with multiple data plan offerings, this is in addition to the hundreds of different SkypeOut rates. The number of combinations is immense, not to mention the problem of tracking changes in carrier plans and SkypeOut rates that fluctuate regularly with currencies.

All we can say is that EQO uses a few KB of data to connect and less than a KB of data to place a call. At this point you’ll need SkypeOut credit (free some places, check out: http://www.skype.com/products/skypeout/rates/all_rates.html) to reach your mobile and possibly more SkypeOut credit if you are calling another number, not a SkypeOut contact.

Thanks,

Chris
EQO Customer Evangelist

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