Over the past 5 years, using a PC to make free phone calls through services such as Skype or Yahoo! Messenger has become very popular. The one drawback is that you can only make free calls to other computers. If you need to call a mobile phone or a landline with most of these voice over IP (VOIP) services, you will have to pay a fee. However, a new service will allow you to make free calls to mobiles, landlines and PCs directly from your computer.
Go to MediaRingTalk.com and sign up for free (see References). This program allows you to make free calls to seven countries including Australia, China, Singapore, the U.K., Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the United States through your PC. Unlike voice over IP, you can use it to call both fixed lines and mobiles and not get charged a penny. Just go to the site and fill in your name and e-mail address. There are no contracts or deposits required. In exchange, you will have to give it information about your interests, and you will be shown advertisements related to these interests while using the software to make phone calls. However, you won't be downloading malware or adware because you only get shown the ads when you make calls or when the application is open.
Call other countries. You can also use the application to call other countries outside of the seven free countries, but you will be charged a substantially lower rate than the phone company charges. For example, it only costs 1.7 cents per minute to call India and most other countries.
Make calls, do conferences and instant message. After you've downloaded and installed the program, start it up. The interface looks just like a phone. To make a call, you simply dial the numbers. If you wish to make a conference call, click on "Conference" and "Add." Then click the name or dial the number of the person you want to add to the call. To instant message, you can simply click "Chat" and then click on the name of the contact you wish to chat with.
Make inexpensive calls on your mobile. You can also download MediaRing Talk to your Web-enabled mobile phone. Although the calls from your mobile aren't free, they cost substantially less than what your wireless carrier will charge you.