It is true – you can make free phone calls using the Internet! Free internet phone programs let you make free phone calls, usually only to the US and Canada, using special software.
Most of the free phone call applications I list below are PC to phone programs, meaning you can make a free call from your computer to a real telephone number so you don’t even need a telephone yourself. Some of the other free internet phone programs will connect your real phone to another real phone for free, making a long distance plan unnecessary.
No matter how it works, it’s a free call!
To make a free call using an Internet phone, you might have to download free phone call software or use a soft phone from an Internet phone provider website.
Important: A free Internet phone can not be used to make a 911 or similar emergency call. If you need to call 911, use a traditional land-line or mobile phone, or a VoIP telephone service that’s approved for 911 use like Vonage.
1. Google Voice
As of this writing, Google Voice is the very best way to make free Internet phone calls. With Google Voice, you can make free phone calls, free PC to phone calls (via Google Talk browser plugin), and free PC to PC calls (also via Google Talk).
Google Voice is much more than a way to make free phone calls on the Internet. Google Voice is primarily a way to manage the phone numbers in your life and can be used to intelligently route incoming calls to your free phone number provided by Google Voice to any other phone you have. With Google Voice, you can also get free SMS, make a free conference call, and get free voice mail services.
Free calls you make with Google Voice must be to numbers in the United States or Canada.
Google Voice is available as a web app that you can use in any browser, including mobile browsers (as pictured here). A dedicated app is available for Android and BlackBerry users only.
Free phone calls with Google Voice are limited to three hours. However, you can continue to make a free call to the same number again and again.