We have seen many services like Jajah, Freedom phone, etc., that offered FREE international calling.
How it works
You can call your friends from your computer, cell phone browser or via SMS.
- Enter your name, phone number, your friends name & phone number at Talkster.com
- You will get a local phone number and your friend will get a local number in his country. You can save this for the friend in your phone book and use it anytime.
- Call your local Talkster number and when your friend answers, ask him to hang up and call his local Talkster number. But, you don’t hang up. he should have gotten his local Talkster number in his Caller ID or via SMS.
- When he calls his local number, you will both be connected and you can talk free as much as you want
The only difference with doing this via SMS is you will send an SMS to a Talkster number with this information and you will both receive SMS with your local numbers to call.
Unlimited Talk Time
Previous free international phone services I have seen had some sort of time restrictions but Talkster doesn’t seem to have any. You don’t need a credit card or even need to register for an account!
I like this feature a lot. You can even add up to 5 friends for a group call and you can reach the whole group with one single phone number.
What’s the Catch
Well, to be in business Talkster needs to make money through this. And they do that by asking you to listen to short advertisements (10 secs or less) with offers or coupons to products/services, etc.
Considering you can make free long distance and international calls that could save you tons of money, listening to a brief ad shouldn’t be that big of a deal.
If you need to talk to someone from another country quite often, you could probably ship them a MagicJack with a local number as yours and you can just talk all the time. if you haven’t heard of MagicJack and how you can have a phone service for $20/year, you can check out my MagicJack Review.
What do you think of this service? Would you be trying it out to call a friend you haven’t spoken in a while?