Free International Calls!

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This may soon not work since AT&T has filed papers to close the loophole that makes this possible.

I still have a lot of family back in Taiwan and while I don’t necessarily call them, my parents sure do, so this new service,, is certainly going to come in very very handy.


  • Call 712-858-8094 (a phone number in Iowa).
  • Listen to the instructions, in Mandarin Chinese, in Spanish, then English.
  • At the prompt, enter 011, the country code (Country Codes list) you are calling and the number you wish to call.
  • Talk. Talk a lot.

Thanks Consumerist! (go there if you want to know why it works)

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3 Responses to “Free International Calls!”

  1. ricemutt says:

    Ho ho ho….this is great! Hope that one number can handle the number of calls they’ll be getting, though. We’ll try it out and test the sound quality this weekend.

  2. Garren says:

    Like Futurephone this is taking advantage of an FCC kickback supported by the US Universal Service Fund (USF). This is exploiting a fund the FCC set up to assist states in the US where telecom systems are considered weak, in this case Iowa. Futurephone and Allfrecalls are making money out of the USF/FCC and you for every generated call, you are paying at least 6 cents a minute when long distance calling is not included in your plan. I’m more than sure that this isn’t allowed to continue for long — that’s really not what the USF is for!

  3. Cap says:

    wow that’s pretty interesting, never heard of these various iowa companies taking advantage of USF like that. it’s sorta free and it’s sorta not too. I mean most cell companies stick their customer w/ the portion of the USF charge on the monthly bill.. even if it’s just like $0.50 on the bill, it probably adds up.

    never wanted to bother haggling to them about it before, but now I feel like calling verizon to get rid of that fee on the bill. heh…

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