A new service Free phone 2Phone may cut costs on long distance calls.
Cell phones have made long distance calls almost obsolete. But
you still have to pay for the minutes you use and calling outside
the US can cost a fortune.
But now there's a way to get free long distance calls almost
anywhere in the world.
Wants to End Big Long Distance Bills
Tara Riehle hates to pay big phones bills these days. She told
me a recent bill "was like $159 a month, with cable, Internet and
two phone lines."
But Tara, like many people, doesn't want to have to deal
with Skype, Google voice, or other computer services to make a
call. She wants simplicity.
Then she might like a simple new way to call long distance
free all over the world from your home phone.
Just Listen to an Ad
It's a company called
"FreePhone2Phone," and it's offering free long
distance if you listen to a 10 second ad.
Just dial their local access number, sit through a quick ad
and start dialing.
To try it, I decided to call Cancun, Mexico -- hey, why not?
-- and after a 10 second ad for an online university, it said "to
place a call now, press 1."
So I dialed the number of the Marriott Casa Magna resort in
One minor problem: You have to call from an identifiable
number, so our newsroom phones wouldn't work. So I used a cell
Moments later, I was talking to a desk clerk next to a
gorgeous pool, and the white Cancun sands, in Mexico, free of
charge. I felt like a Kenny Chesney song.
One small restriction: You get just 10 minutes per call and only
five minutes for a callback that day. That's why it needs to know
your number, to keep computer dialers from clogging up its lines.
But try it: You can call Shanghai, China, or Paris (France,
not Hilton, unless you know her number).
You can also dial anywhere in the US free of charge, and for
folks like Tara- - tired of high long distance fees -- that is
So don't waste your money.
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