Skype vs Internode NodePhone: which is better value?

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Skype vs Internode NodePhone: which is better value?

Want the best call rates? We've done a little breakdown comparing Skype with Internode's NodePhone VOIP service.

Skype has been synonymous with making calls over the Internet for almost a decade, but you can also get cheap call rates from other VOIP providers, like your Internet provider.

So how do the two compare in terms of cost?

Let's look at Internode, which recently announced its NBN customers have access to cheap call rates either via its Fibre Phone service, or its VOIP service, called NodePhone-Initial (or NodePhone if you're on ADSL).

No doubt many people who get the NBN will switch over to getting their phone service via a OIP service from their provider - after all, it might be cheaper, and you might even get everything all on the one bill.

But how do the call rates compare to Skype? As you probably know, Skype lets you call regular phones, not just computers. You can make calls from a computer, smartphone or tablet running the Skype software, using the feature called called Skype Out.

You can also let people call you from a regular phone using the feature called Skype In. For a fee, you can get several different inbound phone numbers so potential customers in different countries can call you using a local number.

Below we've take a look at Internode's NodePhone service and compared the call rates with Skype.

Let's look at the rates

Skype's pricing varies depending on whether you choose to pay a monthly subscription fee or just pay as you go. Just comparing the pay as you go options, here's what we found:



Internode NodePhone

National calls

Pay as you go: $0.025/minute

$0.18 untimed per call

Mobile calls

Pay as you go: $0.23/minute

$0.29 per minute


Pay as you go: $0.033/minute

$0.15 flag-fall plus $0.05 per minute to New Zealand, United Kingdom , USA , Canada, China (including mobiles), Hong Kong (including mobiles), Malaysia, Singapore (including mobiles), Taiwan , Thailand (including mobiles), Ireland, Greece, Italy,

Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Hungary, Moscow , Israel, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland

With Skype, if you choose to pay a monthly contract, you can get access to lower call rates. For example $2.69/month gets you access to 120 call minutes at $0.022/minute. For $7.99/month you get unlimited calls within Australia.

There are various other Skype monthly call packages as well.

With NodePhone, there are monthly NodePhone call packages at $5, $10 and $20 per month that offer $10, $20 and $40 of call credit per month respectively. You can port an existing number to NodePhone for $29.95.

Which would we choose?

There’s a lot to like about Skype. Setup is simple - install the software, create an account, add some credit and you can make calls to anyone in the world.

However, if you want a SkypeIn number so people can call you from a regular phone, a local Melbourne number, for example, costs $80/year (or $24/quarter).

As Skype works on every major computer, tablet and smartphone platform, your phone can follow you wherever you are. There are also Skype telephone handsets around that let you use Skype without a computer.

One thing we found confusing was Skype’s call rates. Visiting the Skype web site reveals many different call rates and packages. There were so many options that calculating the best package will require some serious homework.

On the other hand, Internode’s NodePhone service includes a phone number and the call rates are easily understood.

Although there’s no official app for smartphones, you can download and set up something called a SIP client so that you can use the VoIP service from a smartphone. 

You’ll need a telephone handset and a suitable device that connects the phone to the Internet although many ADSL modems include this sort of hardware.

Ultimately, it’s a bit of a toss-up. If you need to make a lot of international calls then Skype offers better value in our view.

But if you make a lot of calls within Australia to fixed lines and mobiles that exceed a few minutes then NodePhone is probably going to be more economical and has the benefit of including an inbound phone number.


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