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Picture of How to make free phone calls using Skype.
Im not sure why Im posting this except for the fact that I remember the good old days of dialpad and others before the technology crash of the early 2000s. It used to be the coolest thing in the world to make free long distance calls from any computer to any phone. Skype came along and besides taking up lots of bandwidth and being an Ebay company, Ill admit they do a really good job of providing reliable services at reasonable cost.
 
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Step 1: Why would you ever need to use Skype for free?

Picture of Why would you ever need to use Skype for free?
1. Like me, you dont have a cell phone or a landline. You dont care that other people cant get ahold of you but on occasion you have to make a phone call. (Just so that people dont think Im really wacky, my wife owns a cell phone and is on a family plan with her family. The inconvenience arises whenever Im not with her or else want to call her specifically when she is away.)

2. Youre out of minutes on your cell phone but you see a deal on craigslist that you cant pass up. Is it worth the extra charges to use your phone?

3. Prank phone calls are funny, everyone knows that and the easiest way to record them would be to make a call from a computer.

4. You dont mind paying for what you use but Skypes $10 minimum to purchase minutes seems exorbitant when you only want to communicate a quick message.

5. You like getting something for nothing.

Step 2: 1-800-UR-Awesome

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This little trick works on the premise that Skype is nice enough to allow you free 1-800 numbers. I imagine they allow 1-877 and 1-888 as well. It's just that simple.

Dial 1-800-980-PHAD
http://www.phadcom.com/

SofiahH12 days ago

its just for US

wolvmarine5 months ago

Sadly, its dead now

dchall85 years ago
I've read this twice and I'm unclear as to what to do. The stream of consciousness writing style does not work with Instructables. Here's what I think this is. 1. You pick up any phone and dial the 800 number for PHAD. 2. Then you key in the phone number you want to call. Does this have anything to do with Skype or was that just part of the stream of consciousness?
jammin0 (author)  dchall85 years ago
Wow, are you serious? I'm reading the "be nice" policy and deciding to not say some things. The best advice I can give is to read it a third time, think about the title of the instructable, and I wish you luck.
As nicely as possible... I don't understand the reference to Skype either, does Skype operate the PHAD site? Or are you saying use Skype to call PHAD? Also, (it may be temporary) I get an error "Can't find the server at http://www.phadcom.com/"
 I managed to get it going in new zealand you have to send the call to the U.S.   1 800 980 723 one  it asks for the number you wish to call but then it says folowed by the so and so key and i dont know what it is it says like like tab or  maybe phad but i dont know what its trying to say im on dial up and the conection isnt very good anyone know what this phad or what ever key is ?
 it actually says the Pound key and i did some research and it refers to the hash key 
 you can only call places in the U.S :(
Allowance105 years ago
Make sure when you put in the letters you look at a phone for the number.
srry ment to add comment not to reply
how about 1-800-980-rice
comodore5 years ago
Does this work for Europe, Serbia in particular... Nice Instructables, I hope make this work! Thanks!
tinto5 years ago
I was using skype and my phone till few days ago and everything was fine, but since yesterday,every time i call i hear this message " please enter your log in account". What's going on?
macobt5 years ago
Hi I have try to call but skype tolds me that I dont have credit Can you explain simple steps what to do regards macobt
jammin0 (author)  macobt5 years ago
You shouldn't have to do anything. Try using Skype (that's for you dchall8) to call another 1-800 number. For instance 1-800-goog411 or 1-800-free411. (By the way, these are other good sites to get a free, directory assistance call using skype) Are you sure you completed the number? It should be 1-800-980-7423. Are you calling from the US? I don't know if this works from everywhere.
That's very cool. Thanks for sharing! I wonder if it works for 1-900 numbers? =p
Badger_Man5 years ago
Nice, i tested it out, works awesomly, this means i can finally phone britan for free.....