Free VoIP Providers
So it turns out to be a lot more difficult than I anticipated to find a good list of Free Voip providers.
As it turns out, for the most part providers will not offer truly 100% Free VoIP calls because it costs them money to maintain the infrastructure and to route calls to various countries. However, VoIP providers can surely help to significantly lower the standard rates and costs for traditional land line phone calls. Bear in mind that most companies will let you talk for free on their own network, but as soon as you make a call outside that netowork you may be required to pay a fee. As such, most of the time you’ll find a list of places where you are allowed to make free calls to, but outside of that area you’ll be required to pay. Perhaps this helps attract users to those carriers and they hope to translate those users into paying customers once they need to make calls to other non-free destinations.
There are indeed quite a few options out there when it comes to Free VoIP and we’ll try to highlight some of them for you now. As we become aware of new providers we will try to keep this list fresh.
With Evaphone you are allowed to make 2 free calls, and a few calls with a small number of minutes. If you are in a rush and can get by with a really short call, this might be the service just for you. You can make a call right off their website.
With Jajah, their claim to fame is that there is no software required and you can make calls right from your PC. They also make apps available that will work on your phone. They have quite a few countries listed as Free, so maybe you’ll get lucky.
I recently switched phone providers to Ooma. They have an amazing deal where once you buy their hardware, you can practically get rid of your monthly phone bill! I used to pay $25/month for a very basic digital phone line with a standard phone carrier, but now I pay next to nothing – about $1.50 a month just to cover the cost of government phone line taxes and that is it! Ooma routes all the calls for you through their VoIP network, and your calls are essentially free through the entire US. Within a few months you will start to save boatloads of money after the cost of the unit has been paid off in what you would have been spending on your traditional phone bill. This is a great way to save money, although it’s not 100% Free since you still have to buy the hardware initially, and you pay a very small amount to cover the government taxes which are mandated.
Also, bear in mind that I think this might be for the US only.
Skype is one of my favorite phone systems because you can use it to talk to anyone else that has the Skype client 100% for Free. It also allows you to make calls to land lines if you pay for Skype credit which is very reasonable. It is one of the cheapest ways that I know of to make VoIP calls. They also even have a phone that is built specifically for Skype which is quite intriguing. Skype recently added Video group chat as well which is a nice feature although that may cost you some money. The regular client is completely free and allows 1-1 video just fine. If you haven’t tried Skype out yet, it’s definitely not one to miss.
We have heard good things about this service provider. Some recommended configurations when pairing this up with a SIP proxy are:
Sip Proxy: sip.voipbuster.com
(*) Must use once every 30 days.
Download a client from http://www.voipbuster.com.
We hope to add more providers on here as we become aware of them! If you have your own recommendations on any other providers to add here, please do send them in and we’ll be sure to update the list.