Free International Calls

I lived through the dot com era, so I’ve seen companies do a lot of ridiculous things to win customers. (My favorite dot com freebie was, which paid me $200 to write 20 stock tips of 25 words each). Despite my jaundiced view, this scheme blew me away. Call a phone number in Iowa, enter an international long distance number, and you’re talking internationally at no additional expense beyond the cost of calling Iowa. At home, we have national long distance for a flat monthly fee, so I was able to make a completely free phone call to Israel. This is the craziest thing I’ve seen in a long time. There may not be such a thing as a free lunch, but I’ve also learned that if someone’s spending money like a drunken sailor, take it.

Sound quality is fine. There’s not supposed to be any hidden catches (I haven’t seen my phone bill yet, but this was written up in the New York Times). YMMV. Check out