3 Ways to Make Totally Free Long-Distance Calls

By on

The Internet has become such a commonplace tool that we often forget how revolutionary it is — and how it can save us money.

For instance, are you still paying for long-distance or international calls? There’s no good reason to if you and the party you’re dialing have Internet connections. Kiplinger offered these three options:

  • Skype. This Microsoft-owned service saved me a ton of money when I was in college and wanted to talk — daily, for hours — to my long-distance girlfriend in New Zealand. (She’s now my wife, and we can communicate by shouting.) It’s free to create an account and text or call anyone else with an account, although for the latter your computers will need the communication basics — a microphone and speakers. If you have webcams, you can also video chat. You can call phone numbers through Skype, too, but that’s not free. Skype is available on PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones.
  • Viber. We covered this one with our free texting apps post. You need a mobile phone number, but it’s otherwise similar to Skype. There’s free text, voice and video chat, and it’s available on PC, Mac and smartphones.
  • Vonage Mobile. As the name implies, this one is just for mobile phones. Vonage provides a rundown of features to explain why it’s better than Skype (with the cute tagline, “Don’t believe the Skype”) but it offers the same basic functionality. Like Viber, it needs your number to make free text, voice and video calls to people who also have the app. It can also make free calls to people with Vonage home phone service.

If you’re using any of these on a phone, watch your data to make sure they actually stay free. When an open Wi-Fi connection is available, take advantage of that instead.

Know any other free long-distance call solutions? Let us know on Facebook.

Sign up for our free newsletter

Like this article? Sign up for our newsletter and we'll send you a regular digest of our newest stories, full of money saving tips and advice, free! We'll also email you a PDF of Stacy Johnson's "205 Ways to Save Money" as soon as you've subscribed. It's full of great tips that'll help you save a ton of extra cash. It doesn't cost a dime, so why wait? Click here to sign up now.

Check out our hottest deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 1,276 more deals!

Comments & discussion

We welcome your opinions, but let’s keep it civil. Like many businesses, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. In our case, that means those who communicate by name-calling, racism, using words designed to hurt others or generally acting like an uninformed bully. Also, comments that include links to email addresses or commercial websites typically aren't posted. This isn't a place to advertise your business.

  • jaimie bisbee

    as Edwin replied I cannot believe that some one can profit $8620 in 4 weeks on the computer. look at here now w­w­w.J­A­M­20.c­o­m