By Alok Saboo on July 2nd, 2009
Our earlier post on making unlimited free international calls to any destination generated lot of excitement, but unfortunately Rebtel pulled the plug after a while. Today, we are back with something similar and (hopefully) longer lasting. Read on to find out how to make unlimited free calls to over 70 countries…
This VoIP hack exploits the unlimited international calling provided by Freedomcalls. When we last reviewed Freedomcalls, they only had Australian Mobile access numbers making it very expensive to use. Today, I was pleasantly surprised to see Freedomcalls offering their services through Australian landlines as well. Freedomcalls, under their Promo Offer, is offering its international calling services through 6 Australian cities:
1. Melbourne – 03 9095 7222
2. Sydney – 02 9086 9222
3. Brisbane – 07 3166 8111
4. Perth – 08 6363 5111
5. Adelaide - 08 7221 2444
6. Canberra - 02 6223 2622
Now all we need is to be able to reach these numbers for free. Fortunately, calling Australian landline numbers is extremely cheap and even free. Most of the Betamax clones like Jumblo or SmartVoIP offer free calling to Australian landlines. If you do not mind shorter call lengths of 10 minute, Poketalk offers free calls to Australian landlines. The maximum call duration, however, is limited to 10 minutes.
If you are in the US, you can also receive calls for free. But if you are outside USA or Canada, you can get a free USA virtual number (USA DID) here. That’s it, you are all set to make free calls to over 70 countries. Currently you can call to countries like:
Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada , Chile, China , Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus , Czech Rep, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, French Antilles, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong , Hungary, Iceland, India , Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Laos , Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau , Malaysia , Mariana , Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Reunion Island, Romania, Russia, San Marino , Singapore , South Africa, South Korea , Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand , Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, U.S.A. , US Virgin Islands, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam (Ho Chi Min City only)
Once you are connected to Freedomcalls, you need to enter 1 (to make calls) and then dial the number that you want to be connected in the format: 011 + Country Code + Destination number + #. For Example to call India, you would dial – 0011+91+ 9912345678 + #
To summarize, here are the steps again:
- Use Poketalk or other free calling service to dial the Australian access numbers of Freedomcalls
- Receive the call on your preferred device
- Dial the destination number
- TALK for FREE!!
Let me remind you that this is a limited time “promo offer” and would not last long. So make hay while the sun shines…
UPDATE: For another version of this trick, please visit Hardeep Dang’s blog.