Free phone calls from your PC
January 09, 2012 | Rebtel
The Internet has revolutionised many facets of human life, but arguably one of the most important developments has been the introduction of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology. In essence, this is the method by which we communicate verbally using the Internet, instead of having to use more expensive mobile or landline phones.
Already VoIP has revolutionised the world of business, where companies now take advantage of free phone calls from PC to PC to drastically reduce their calling costs and now some telecommunications companies are also offering free pc to phone calls as part of their service. Below, we take a look at a three of the top VoIP service providers and the different services they offer for those seeking to make free phone calls from their PC.
Skype PC to phone calls
Skype are probably one of the most popular names in VoIP technology due to their partnership with Microsoft. As a result, the company enjoys a wide user base across the globe and the fact it has this established user base already is a big plus point. Where Skype doesn’t score so well with users is the relatively high cost of calls made to landline or mobile phones, when the recipient of the call is not on a PC and also in the quality of its connections for free calls, which can be adversely affected by a wide range of different factors.
Rebtel PC to Phone Calls
The Rebtel PC app is certainly one of the best VoIP packages available. Not only can you make free calls from PC to PC anywhere in the world, but you can call other Rebtel app users, including those who have it on their smartphones, free of charge as all calls between Rebel app users are completely free! Furthermore, unlike Skype, Rebtel offer very low rates for international calls meaning that if you do have to pay for a call, you can be sure you get the lowest possible rates. In addition, users can also send cheap international SMS messages as you would on a regular phone.
VoipStunt PC to Phone Calls
Based in Germany, this company offer free PC to PC calls and also claim to offer free landline calls to several countries. At first this sounds highly promising, but here is a catch. Free calls can only last a minute to the selected country, after which you must pay 10 Euros to continue to make up to 300 minutes of free calls per week. Certainly, if you are only going to make short calls infrequently during the week VoipStunt is worth considering, but it is worth noting that free calls are only available to landlines in selected countries and several users have complained that the quality of the calls is worse than Skype and much worse than that offered by Rebtel.
There are many more VoIP providers entering this competitive market for worldwide communications, but if you are seeking the best deal for using your PC as a phone then you should look for
- A provider that not only offers free calls to PC, but also to other users subscribed to the service via smartphone.
- Highly competitive rates for international calls
- Intuitive, easy to use software that is not plagued with pop ups, banners or intrusive advertisements.
- Offers high quality call connections. With fewer problems and dropped connections; and lastly
- One that offers outstanding customer support that will enable you and your friends to start using the service together cheaply and effectively.
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