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All around the world people are learning to live without paying for a home phone service.

But New Zealanders are proving slow to follow their example, despite the large savings on offer.

We’ve been thinking of the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) XKeyscore search engine on the wrong scale.

Newly revealed documents from the Edward Snowden trove show that it’s much more than a Google-like search engine for the world’s private communications data.

Gavin Costello from 2degrees says the majority of households still paid for a traditional home phone, but: "The actual minutes of use has dropped phenomenally."Figures back that up.

Residential fixed line "free" calling plunged from over five billion minutes a year in 2008 to just over three billion in 2014, Commerce Commission figures show."A growing proportion of customers were reported to now rarely use their land lines for phone calls instead relying on their mobiles and applications like Skype to keep in touch with friends and family," the commission says in a recent report.

You can add phone numbers of people without Skype accounts to your contacts list, though you have to pay for these calls.

Unlimited calls to landlines costs £2.24 a month in the UK, £7.99 worldwide.

Wanna Cry, the ransomware attack that ricocheted around the world in May, raised its ugly head again earlier this week, causing Honda to halt production at its Sayama plant north of Tokyo.

Honda said that it had taken steps to secure its network back in May when the worm first hit.

Most Skype callers use a computer (PC or Mac) with a speaker and microphone. Go to click on 'download' and install and launch the programme.

Though the sound quality doesn't match that of regular landlines, it can be improved by using a headset. Create a username and password, and you're all set to make your first call.

However, Down Detector’s heatmap showed that most of the issues were focused on the UK and Europe.

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