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FREE option for international phone calls

Posted January 25, 2011

Clark Howard profiled an interesting option for making international phone calls on his show last week: involves calling into a local access number (available for Raleigh and Durham (if you can place calls within those cities for free) and then listening to one to two short 10 - 15 second ads. Once you listen to the ads, you get 10 minutes of free international phone calls to over 50 countries. If you make a call lasting between 5 and 10 minutes during a day, every subsequent call to that particular number on that day is limited to 5 minutes each (to discourage abuse of the freebie).

Most calls are limited to calling landlines in other countries because in many countries, you can't call a cell phone for free. There are a few countries where you can call cellphones for free including the U.S, Canada, Hong Kong and some others.

For more information and to find the Raleigh and Durham access numbers,  click HERE for the freephone2phone website.

To read the Clark Howard and New York Times stories about this service, click on the links in the box above.


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  • klutch612 Jan 26, 2011

    There's also a Skype app you can download on your iPhone or Droid if you have one so you get the best of both worlds. :)

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 25, 2011

    Thanks for posting, eri! Skype is definitely a great option for international calling via computer. One of the biggest benefits of freephone2phone, as I understand it, is that you don't have to use the computer to call, you just need your phone. For some, it's more convenient than computer calling.

    If anyone has any other favorite frugal ways they use to cut international calling, please share them!

  • eri815 Jan 25, 2011

    We've recently started using Skype, and as long as you call computer to computer all calls are free. You can choose phone or video call. It's been a great way to keep up with family across the US and Australia... for free :)