Best Way to Call the Philippines

Filipinos are all over the world, so you expect more and more people will call the Philippines and vice versa. There are about 11 million Filipinos, roughly 11 percent of total population living or working overseas and and a big chunk of that is in the U.S. (about 4 million)

These Filipinos are mostly overseas workers who send money back home regularly to support their families. Home sickness is very common among overseas workers and people call their love ones as much as possible and whenever they can afford. Fortunately, the rates for international calls now go down by as much as 50 percent compared to say 10 years ago. A typical rate from a US phone provider (Like AT&T or Sprint) was about 50 to 60 cents per minute. Now its down to something like 30 cents or so.

Then there's the phone card. Same AT&T provider now also offers a phone card which is cheaper than their IDD rate. It's 16 cents per minute but you have to be a AT&T domestic long distance plan subscriber to be able to get the low rates.

Another types of phone cards are those you can buy from convenience store which I'm not going to elaborate but most if not all of them are junk and sort of scams because of disappearing minutes, tons of hidden charges and lack of customer support.

There's also another type of phone card which is an online phone card that you can refill online or through phoning their support. My favorite one and currently using is, a long distance prepaid service company. Onesuite got good rates and 24/7 customer support.

With the invention of the internet comes many good things like VoIP. This is the cheapest way to call. PC to PC calls are free except for the fact that you will pay for the internet connection which whether you make your call or not, you will still shell out some dough for your DSL line. Yahoo Messenger and Skype is the 2 most popular PC to PC client. Most people now has a Yahoo account one way or the other so most of your contacts has Yahoo Messenger most probably.

VoIP is not limited to PC to PC calls, it can also call a regular telephone like a house phone or a mobile phone albeit it isn't free anymore but still cheaper than most phone cards or regular IDD rates.

Skype seems the most popular for making PC to PC calls and PC to regular phone combined. Thought its popularity has its downside because more often than not, people complain of bad quality calls maybe due to too many users. Skype rates are actually more expensive than most voip providers including Yahoo or Onesuite.

Onesuite actually has a voip feature too that can compete with rates and quality of some of the most popular voip providers in the market. In fact, its slowly gaining recognition on the voip world and been awarded as best phone service in 2007 by Kiplinger Magazine.

So to summarize the best way to call Philippines its down to:

Yahoo Messenger - PC to PC calls

Skype - For contacts using Skype

Onesuite - For calls via a phone card or voip

Fantastic end to the 2008 F1 season

What a great finish to the F1 season. Despite all season controversies, the ending to the pinnacle of motorsports was one heart pounding finish. The drivers championship was decided on the last corner of the last lap of the last race thanks to Timo Glock (or No thanks for Massa fans) Lewis Hamilton almost lost the WDC again just like last year on the last race.

Lewis Hamilton thus became Formula One's youngest ever world champion by finishing fifth in an incredibly dramatic rain-affected Brazilian Grand Prix.

Felipe Massa won the race for Ferrari and looked set to take the title until McLaren driver Hamilton slipped past Timo Glock's Toyota and into the crucial fifth place at the final corner of the very last lap.

Fernando Alonso (Renault) and Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) completed the podium finishers, ahead of Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel, whose penultimate lap pass on Hamilton had looked set to hand Massa the title, only for Glock's gamble of staying on dry tyres in a late race shower to fail, causing the Toyota to slip from fourth to sixth within sight of the flag and giving Hamilton the title after all.

Ferrari still clinched the constructors' title, as the two McLarens only finished fifth and seventh.
Formula 1 2008 Season Standings
1. Hamilton 98
2. Massa 97
3. Raikkonen 75
4. Kubica 75
5. Alonso 61
6. Heidfeld 60
7. Kovalainen 53
8. Vettel 35
9. Trulli 31
10. Glock 25
11. Webber 21
12. Piquet 19
13. Rosberg 17
14. Barrichello 11
15. Nakajima 9
16. Coulthard 8
17. Bourdais 4
18. Button 3
1. Ferrari 172
2. McLaren-Mercedes 151
3. BMW Sauber 135
4. Renault 80
5. Toyota 56
6. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 39
7. Red Bull-Renault 29
8. Williams-Toyota 26
9. Honda 14