How to call another country for free

Updated July 19, 2017

Making international phone calls can be expensive. But there are ways to make free international calls. An international toll-free number is free because the receiving party has picked up the charges. Universal International Freephone Numbers allow you to dial toll-free from any country and have a separate country code (800). These are issued by the International Telecommunications Union in about 60 countries.

Get the number ready, pick up the phone and dial the country exit code. In the United States, the exit code is 011. Freephone Numbers begin with 800. From the United States, you would dial, 011-800-XXX-XXXX.

Sign up for service with Sipbroker, Voipbuster or Skype for other options for free international calls. These services have their own standards for toll-free phone calls. Skype, for example, has its own way of dialling international calls. For Skype, type the country code and then the number after the plus sign.

Purchase an international calling card. The calling cards can be used to make free international calls. Access the closest toll-free access number listed on the card. Dial the number and you will be asked for a PIN number. The PIN number will be on the back of the card. Input your PIN number and then you can dial toll-free numbers. For the United States, dial 1, (the country code) and then the toll free number. If you are in the United States, you have to add the exit code (011) to the beginning of the phone number.

Dial a regular phone number internationally without paying for it by makeing a collect call. Call an operator in the country you are calling from with the number you want to call. The operator will contact the person you wish to call and let you know if he accepts the collect call, which means he will pay for the charges.


If the number you are dialling is a Universal International Freephone Number, you can dial this directly. When you get the phone number, the person with this number should inform you if this is a Universal International Freephone Number.

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Mal Van Valkenburg has been a journalist since 1986 and is working in Nevada. He was the sports editor of the "Niagara Gazette" in Niagara Falls, N.Y. During this time, he covered such events as the Super Bowl, World Series, NCAA basketball, Buffalo Bills and the NHL. Valkenburg holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications at the University of South Florida.