FreePhone2Phone offers free unlimited international calls to 55 countries (incl. India, China, & Brazil) [Review]
By Alok Saboo on September 29th, 2010
If you cannot wait for CallArc to open up it’s unlimited free international phone calls plan to everyone, don’t worry, we have got you covered. Today, we review another ad-supported VoIP service, FreePhone2Phone, that provides free calls to landlines and mobile phones in 55 countries.
FreePhone2Phone’s business model is very simple – listen to ads to make free phone calls. Unlike many other services, it does not require registration, hardware equipment, or credit card details. All you need is your phone (both landlines and mobiles work). Please note that this service is available to only US landlines and mobile. So, technically, if you are outside the US, you should not be able to use this service. But don’t worry, read on to find out how you can use this service out side the US!!
To make calls, you just need to dial their local access numbers. FreePhone2Phone has local access number in a lot of cities across the United States, so if you are using a landline to make calls, chances are that you may not have to pay long distance charges as well.
After you dial the local access number, you need to dial your destination number according to the US dialing rules, i.e., if you are making calls to US or Canada, dial 1 + area code + number; for all other countries dial 011 + country code + area code + number. You may hear a few (typically one to two) short advertisements before your call is connected. The good thing is that the other party does not hear any such advertisements. Moreover, even your caller id information is transmitted, so the called party sees your number in the caller-ID. Currently, you can make calls to the landline phones in following countries (mobile calls also allowed in countries marked with *):
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada*, Chile, China*, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guam, Hong Kong*, Hungary, Iceland, India*, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Singapore*, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand*, Turkey, United States*, United Kingdom, US Virgin Is., Vatican City, Venezuela
Each call is limited to 5 min only. You will hear a short beep after 5 min, after which you will have 30 sec to close your call. You can, however, make multiple calls to get more minutes, effectively giving you unlimited free international phone calls to over 55 countries. The call quality is not stellar, but for a free service, it is not too bad. Some times the call does not go through, just try again and it should work.
What if you are outside the US? The easiest option is to get a US based phone service such as Ooma, Vonage, CalltoPBX, or MagicJack. If this option is not feasible, you can use Google Voice to make calls. You need to use a US proxy to use Google Voice outside the US, but it works!!
If you are willing to put up with a few ads, FreePhone2Phone is a good option to make free calls.
This seems to be a great time for all you free call lovers. First CallArc, and now FreePhone2Phone!! Hope these services continue their operations as advertised. Do not forget to spread the word around so that your friends and family can also enjoy free calls!!