Free calling via landline through your PC

@coffeebreak (17820)
United States
March 25, 2008 10:03am CST
I am not up on all this, don't really have a need at this moment, but thought others might. Thought it was interesting as to where things are going these WWW days! I"m goig to keep my eye on it tho.... always looking for ways to save money and stretch the budget! http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/104671/5-Simple-Choices-for-Cheap-Long-Distance
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
26 Mar 08
I do that to call my mom most of the time. I don't like to pay anything monthly that I don't have to so I use one of 3 sites - voipbuster, voipwise and voip stunt. THe way it works is that I feel up my account with 10 euros - minimum but I never put more than that. Imediately I have about 4 months free calling - I am allowed 60 minutes a day, anything over that is paid. To Portugal it is about 1 cent a minute. I call Portugal from Canada and I call from my computer to my mom's landline, but I can also dial the number and have it call my landline phone and then my mom's landline, but for that I have to pay a few cents extra. In my case since I have computer and my mom doesn't it works really well. At the end of the free time if I still have money in my account the calls will be charge at 1 cent per minute - the price changes depending on the countries but most are 1 cent a minute. This is how I make all my long distance oversea calls. If I want to call a cell phone then I have to pay, and it's not one cent anymore, but it's fine for me because my mom doesn't have a cell phone anyways. I discovered this last year while my daughter was in Portugal for one year and it worked so well, I would talk to her over the phone for an hour each day.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
26 Mar 08
Wow, that is amazing. Glad you were able to find something like that! I am goig to jot those 3 down and keep an eye on them. I don't call internationally ever... occassionally out of state, (USA) and my land line is free for out of state, and I have free time on my cell - nights and weekends. So right now I dont' need it but as things are constantly changing, I'll keep this for future reference. Sounds like a fabulous plan tho! How do you have your PC set up to do the voice part of calling? Is that a software thing you buy and I am guessing an exterior microphone?
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
27 Mar 08
It's been a life saver/ money saver? LOL for us. My mom is so far and oversea calls are expensive, so this has helped. As for the voice thing I don't have any special software just the earphones with microphone.
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@drannhh (15240)
• United States
26 Mar 08
Good article. I use Magic Jack along with one of the lesser known VOIP services that works through through the broadband without the need for the computer to be powered up. For broadband users these services provide remarkable savings, and not only do they offer nearly unlimited calling, but the features are amazing. Best of all, we are still using the same number we had on our land line phone for close to 30 years. VOIP is wonderful.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
27 Mar 08
I am getting that this is only for international calls? I have a land line and it has one price, free long distance in USA. I don't need international. and hardly out of state. my daughter put my on her cell phone plan for %10 a month and I ge free nights and weekends, so I just hardly use the phone at all and then call my out of state family on weekends. But this is interesting to see where things are going!
@drannhh (15240)
• United States
27 Mar 08
No, I don't make international calls. I use VOIP and Magic Jack for all calls make from home and do not have a land line at all. These do not work when the electricity is off, but then I can use my cell phone. For unlimited calling from our area on a land line with the features we have we would have to pay over $100/month. Instead the total we pay for VOIP, softphone, and cell phone, each with a separate line that follow or forwards, voice mail, call blocking and more, that is separate lines, is under $20/month. That does include unlimited free calling everywhere in Canada as well as the US and a small amount of free international calling, but I've never used that.
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@my52cents (569)
• United States
25 Mar 08
Our #1 son is headed back to Iraq (he's in Kuwait now) so we're waiting to see what kind of phone arrangements he'll have. I wonder if one of these services might work. Thanks for the information.