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Free Phone Calls International or United States

A few years ago I was talking to my son who lives in another state and mentioned that I called him on my cell during the "free nights and weekends" part of the plan. He immediately said to me "Mom why don't you get Skype?" I suddenly felt the generation gap set in as I realized I had no idea what a "Skype" was.

I always considered myself one who was not "behind the times" as I tried to stay current with all the latest and greatest technology. This was the I day learned about VoIP free phone calls, one of the greatest inventions in the last few years (in my humble opinion).

What is a VOIP?

VoIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol. What this means to you is the ability to make phone calls over the internet rather than phone lines. There are several ways to do this, but the one I want to focus on is the use of teh Internet phone or digital phone. This is done by installing a particular software on your computer that allows VoIP calling without dedicated hardware giving you VoIP free phone calls! Enter Skpye.

Skype free phone calls internet style!

"Skype, which was originally designed to be a service used among friends, recently has also begun to target businesses, providing them connection between any users on the Skype network absolutely free, and connecting to and from ordinary PSTN telephones for a small charge."

When my son told me about Skype he shared that it was how they stayed in touch with their best friends who had moved to Germany. To call them the traditional way was extremely cost prohibitive. Getting Skype has allowed them to talk whenever they want without any worry of time or costs.

And if that isn't enough, this free phone service allows them to see each other on their monitors via a web cam. One story they shared was about a time when Jess (the friend) called Michelle (my daughter-in-law) and they were both having dinner. They decided to keep their Skype open while each couple sat and ate dinner. My son said it was like they were there having dinner with each other as they all chatted, ate, and even had a little wine toast, clinking glasses against the screen..

Free Phone Service Via VoIP When Cell Phones Don't Work

This last summer my husband had to go to Southern California near San Diego for two weeks training. We discovered that his cell phone didn't work in that area. He was staying on a college campus and had no phone service in the dorms(except a pay phone in the common room).

When he arrived he realized he had a WiFi connection in his dorm room. We were able to talk each day via Skype. I was so glad! In all of our years of being married we have never gone more than a few days without talking to each other so Skype was a real blessing to us! And I got to see his handsome face each night before going to sleep.

Skype to Skype

The way the free calls work is this: each person has to have the software downloaded onto their own computer. This software is available for free to download from the Skype website. You can talk to each other from your built-in microphone on your computer (much like using speaker phone on your land line), or you can buy a headset for more privacy.

You don't have to have a web cam for it to work, but it is an added bonus to be able to actually see the other person's face when they are talking. This is a really great benefit for new parents, for instance, to share their baby with grandma and grandpa who may live thousands of miles away. It helps the baby connect with them and it helps grandma and grandpa not miss out on one precious moment of their growing up.

My Mom can't get free phone calls from a PC

My mom, bless her heart, refuses to have a computer. So for her, I needed to buy the Skype-to-land-line option. It was less than $3.00 per month for unlimited free long distance phone calls. There isn't another option that I know of this cheap. So this will benefit you even if the other person doesn't have a PC.

VoIP is the greatest invention since sliced bread. I am glad my son told me about it. It has been a benefit to us in many ways over the last two years. If you have never considered it, now is the time to check it out, especially with the holidays just around the corner. You can even have a conference call with all your family who can't be togther for the celebrations and not worry how long you talk. VoIP is fantastic for free pc phone calls!

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

It's great you are sharing this useful information.

Skype has been working for me for over a year now. I get a phone number, and unlimited calls for less than $7. per month - I use a headset. I like the idea of knowing what a phone bill will be each month - no surprises. I have a cell phone but making calls is too expensive - I call back on the SKYPE or if I want to talk for awhile - then it's SKYPE.

It seems you can't make 911 calls. So I have programmed the number of the local precinct into my phone(s).

With all the internet connections and with me paying for a DSL line there is no reason for me to pay an extra cost for land line phone service which would use the same line as my DSL line.

Thanks for so much additional information about SKYPE!

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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks BKC for the additional info! The 911 tip is really a great idea. I am glad you found Skype too! Thanks for stopping by!

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DiamondRN 6 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

I have used the free version of Skype to have a 5-way conference call. I am from North Carolina, two were from Texas, one from Scotland and one from Switzerland. Two of us were camera-enabled and could see each other at the same time. Good stuff! Remember, all of this was free.

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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

DiamondRN- that is so awesome! This is one of those services that seem too good to be true- but it is! I know there are other provider like Magic Jack, I have never checked them out. Do you know of any others?

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DiamondRN 6 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

My Magic Jack experience is very limited. I only have one friend who uses Magic Jack that is really happy with it. She uses it to keep in touch with her family in the Philippines. The local infrastructure there doesn't allow them any other options.

Another friend from Charlotte has abandoned his land line in favor of the Magic Jack. His primary complaint is that he has to depend on his cell-phone frequently due to Internet connection problems on one end or the other of a conversation. His job pays for his cell phone, so the use of the cell phone doesn't create any additional expense for him.

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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thanks for a great information hub on free phone service. thank you for sharing it. creativeone59

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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks for the info DRN on Magic Jack. Yes i can see that the quality of the internet connection can play a part!

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast

I knew a little about Skype but your hub told me so much more. Thanks.

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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

That is great Filghtkeeper! I am glad you came by!

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ParadiseForever 6 years ago from Chennai, India.

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ParadiseForever 6 years ago from Chennai, India.

Dear Laura(BAGT),

Just like skype, Google also have same kind of service internationally (Google Talk)--It's totally free of cost, which I have been enjoying for more than 3 years. Also Yahoo has the same kind of Free calling system as well as with Webcam(all free of charge). Only thing is one has to install the softwares in their system from the net (which is again free)before proceeding. Is those things not catchy?! Try them! U will enjoy them!! Nice to see all ur hubs. Do have a visit to my hubs.

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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Wow thanks ParadiseForever! I appreciate you sharing that. I didn't know that. It is always good to have choices!

peacefulparadox 6 years ago

Another great feature of skype is you can forward incoming calls to your cell phone when you are not near a computer. Skype also has voicemail that you can buy.

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