How to Get Free Telephone Service


Save hundreds of dollars by making a few simple changes in the way you make and receive your phone calls. Take advantage of the latest technology to get free or reduced cost phone service with excellent sound quality and replace or complement your existing services. Try some low-investment ideas to get more free calls, and possibly get rid of your phone bill altogether. Many service come with their own phone number or extension, as well as other features like voicemail, caller I.D., and call forwarding. Others charge for premium services, so check each offer carefully before signing up to get the full scoop, as prices and terms vary per provider.

  • Try some of the most popular VoIP (voice over internet protocol) services, like Skype. With Skype you can call another computer on the Internet anywhere in the world for free. You can call landlines or mobile for as little as 1.2 cents per minute at the time of publication. Another great option is iCall Internet Phone, which you can download for free. You can make calls from PC to landline and mobile phones for free up to 5 minutes at a time in return for listening to a short commercial while the phone connects.

  • Use your instant messengers to make phone calls PC to PC for free, or for extremely low rates PC to mobile phones and landlines. Yahoo Voice service or Gmail's video/voice plug-in and start talking for free or for just pennies.

  • Try the Ooma phone. While it does cost about $250 at the time of publication to get this sleek and stylish phone, it may be worth it in the long run, as there are no monthly telephone bills. It connects to your phone and high speed Internet. In just a few months, it could pay for itself and you are left to make call after call for free. Some limitations apply.

  • Get magicJack for about $40, which includes phone service for a year. Plug the magicJack device into your computer's USB port, plug your phone into the magicJack and you are up and running in minutes. You could eliminate your phone bill and call all over America. The service costs about $20 a year after the first year's service.


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