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How To Make Free Phone Calls Over the Internet

If you are a frequent visitor of the blog, you probably already know how to get cheap home phone service to replace your landline. However, did you know that anyone with a computer and an internet connection can make free phone calls? That’s right. You can call anywhere in the U.S and Canada using a service from Google called Google Hangouts ?

To use Google Hangouts for phone calls, your computer will need to have a microphone to pick up your voice, and of course speakers to hear the other person. This post will show you how easy it is to use this service to make free phone calls throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Free Phone Calls in The U.S.

Making Free Phone calls over the Internet is simple thanks to Google Hangouts. All you need to make free phone calls with Google Hangouts is a Google account. If you have a Google+ or Gmail account, you already have one. Otherwise, simply sign up for a Google account here. Once you have your Google account simple follow the steps below to make free phone calls over the Internet.

  1. First, open a browser and go to Google Hangouts on the web.
  2. Next, log in with your Google Account if you aren’t already logged in
  3. Lastly, type the phone number you want to call and click the blue phone icon as shown below.

Low International Rates

Most calls made within the United States and Canada. If there is a cost associated with the call, or you are calling internationally you will see the cost of the call next to the number. The international calling is very reasonably priced. Google Hangouts has the lowest international rates I’ve ever seen. The only drawback is that you cannot call emergency services like 911 over Google Hangouts.

If you don’t have a computer don’t worry. Google Hangouts have apps available for both iOS and Android devices. While Google Hangouts isn’t the best replacement for phone service, it is perfect for providing your baby sitter with a means to call you when watching your children. And that’s one of the main reasons many cord cutters hold onto there landline.

Google Hangouts gets it’s name because it also allows for group text, as well as video and audio conference calling. It allows you to text in a group of up to 150 people. Video and audio conferences limit groups to 10 people. The best part is that everything is free for almost all calls within the U.S.

While most Mac users can make Free Phone Calls using FaceTime, the group conferencing makes Google Hangouts worthwhile for Apple fans as well.

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Dennis Restauro :Dennis is the founder of Grounded Reason. He also hosts the Grounded Reason Podcast. Follow him on Twitter: Follow Dennis on Twitter

View Comments (6)

  • So Dennis, if I make such a Google Hangouts call, say to my sister in Alabama, what name and/or number will show up in her Caller Id?


    • Good question. It will show up as "Unknown", unless you use Google Voice which is a service that assigns you a phone number to consolidate all your various mobile/work/home numbers. In that case, The google voice number may show. Google Voice is not required to make calls using Google hangouts.

  • Can I use Google Hangouts with my Tracfone and not get charged minutes if I'm running low on time?

    • If you are using a service like Google Hangouts then you will be using your internet connection so it would count against data not minutes.

  • Messenger, a Facebook app, has both free audio and video calls worldwide (requires a good internet service).

    I have used the free audio service from a good Wi-Fi connection near the Acropolis in Athens Greece to Seattle, WA, using my iPhone (in Athens) to my son-in-law's Android phone in Seattle.

    And weekly, I use the free video service, putting 5 connections together on a video conference call for a Bible study. That call connects people in Seattle, Wenatchee and Zillah, WA, again using iPhones and Android phones. This call is not a high quality as some might require. The picture quality is pretty good, but the audio and/or the video portion may disconnect during the call, but it is good enough for us.

    These services only require a reliable, quality internet service and the free Messenger app found on the App Store.