How to Make an International Call for Free

The cost of making an international can be prohibitive for the average person. Even international calling cards come with a hefty per minute rate. If you're looking for an alternative solution, there is a simple way to make an international call for free using a popular online service called Skype. This service is commonly used by business people and individuals who have to make regular calls to contacts overseas. To make free calls you have to use a computer or other compatible device and the party you are calling must also have the Skype service.

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Make an International Call for Free

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Download Skype (see Resources below)/ The Skype program is available for most popular operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It can also be downloaded to certain Nokia phones. Ask the person you want to contact to download Skype as well.

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Hook your headset up to your computer (the headset should be similar to the one that customer service representatives use) and open Skype. Click "Test Microphone" and "Test Speaker" on your dashboard to make sure that the headset is working.

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Add the user name of the person you want to call into your contact list by searching the Skype directory for it. Then click "Contacts" and select the name you want to call. Click the green button to call the person. The line will ring just as with any other call. If the other person is available the line will pick up and you can commence with your free international call.

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When you are finished with your call, press the red "End" button to disconnect the line.