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How to make free phone calls (US & Canada) using skype.

Free calls using skype and your home phone.
 
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Step 1: Gather Stuff.

All you need is Skype and two phones, yours and whoever you are calling.

This is a fairly simple "trick", but commonly overlooked by people.

Skype: http://www.skype.com/download/skype/windows/helloagain.html

Optional:
This can also be done using Skype and a microphone/speakers, but I didn't have a microphone.

Step 2: Set up the middle man.

Time to set up the "Middle Man"

Click the "Add Contact" button, in the new window that pops up, hit the "Click to add SkypeOut contact".

In the first field, put "Home" or "My Phone" or whatever. In the second, put +1(your phone number).

Note: In the picture, instead of "Add Contact" I have "Add Homie". This can be done by following the instructions in:
http://www.instructables.com/id/E08VGWA5FAEU8QD0HN

Hit "Add Number".

Now, repeat the process, filling in the first box with the name of whoever you are calling and the second with their number (with +1 in front of it).

Step 3: Make the call...

On the main screen, hit the "Conference" button.

In the new screen that comes up, select your phone, hit "Add >>", then select your friends phone and hit the same button. Hit the "Start" button.

Now, when your phone rings, answer it and turn the speakers down on your computer.

Congrats, you just made a free phone call using Skype as a middle man.

Step 4: Keep in mind.

Some things you should keep in mine:

- If you don't turn your speakers down, you are going to get a loop of sound which will start to sound really bad.

- This will also mask your caller ID, making it appear as though you are calling from some odd number like 000-000-1234.

Have fun.
d1ndian3 years ago
Best way to make free PC to any landlines/cell phone calls is to use Googlevoice , it's inside gmail, and was for free until December 2010, however they extended the period free service and it's free for another year until December 2011. U can call anyone in North America (USA and CANADA Only) from Pc to landlines or cell phones. No ads, no wait , no time limit. Have fun
We still need skype credit to do this!! thanks though..
Tailslvr7_76 years ago
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heres wat u do, u use ur one free call to call ur home phone, then write down the number on the caller ID. anyone who needs to call u, give them that number. then u can use skype to landline for free. this only works if its free for landlines to call u, if not then this was a pointless comment xD
Lol... I didn't think of that two years ago... Thanks... But it doesen't matter anymore to me, because I use Google Voice! =D
Only 2 problems with this method. #1. It's somewhat convoluted, and kinda hard to follow. Decent ible though. #2. For this to work, you need to have a paid skype account that allows you to call landlines for the low cost of around 3.99 a month; thusly, why would you need to use your home phone at all when you could simply cut it out of the equation and use your computer? The only way I see this being useful is if one lacks a microphone on their computer (though oddly enough you mentioned something about doing this with a microphone... you've essentially made an instructable on how to make a skype call) Though overall, a decently presented instructable. Bravo; but next time, make sure you explain a process a bit more, shall we say, novel.
fire (author)  EI Presidente5 years ago
Published: Nov 8, 2006 One of these days, I'll get around to adding that this doesn't work anymore to the start of this instructable. Until then, yes. I know. It doesn't work anymore It did, however, work great. Three years ago. When Skype was free.
Lolz yeah i noticed afterwards that it's a bit outdated. Ahh, when skype was free... those were the days...
javed4u5 years ago
i like skype specially i make it for someone special
d1ndian5 years ago
well guys..........for free calling in usa and canada i use voip stunt or freecall and adphone .....these are best for free calls ..............and also these works longer then skype .............10times ...better then skype ...........well download them make a account to login and then u r done.....have funnnnnnnn
With skype you only have to pay like, $3 a month in order to get unlimited calling, so THIS ROCKS!
is not free!!!
Tried it and it does not work anymore
royster7 years ago
Skype sucks.
iCall.comiCall.com give free call within Canada & the US and own you own extention for incoming call for free and a Voicemail for free.
Ya i tried this iCall service, I'd recommend it to anybody i know! great service, totally free. PS they also give u a call extension so people can call u on it! great service, check it out!!
theRIAA royster7 years ago
hu....
CowGuy7 years ago
The free us calls ended it was for 2006 only =(
VIRON7 years ago
Free Internet Phone is around since the 1990's.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_phone
How is Scype different? Why do people buy VoIP?

Where can I get a new aerial for my TV?

jammis7 years ago
this is great except for the fact that skype is only offering the free skype out to usa and canada untill the new year.
billcd7 years ago
hey, great observation! still that annoying lag! gosh i hate that!