Intro: How to Make Free Phone Calls (US & Canada) Using Skype.
Free calls using skype and your home phone.
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.
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:
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.