Whether you have family members in Japan that you want to check on after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, or you are traveling out of the country for spring break, there are ways to call out of the country for free.
Freephone2phone allows you to call internationally for ten minutes for free. You dial a local access number, and then the number for the business or person you are trying to reach outside the United States. Freephone2phone also works for calls within the U.S. if you don’t have a cell phone and pay for long distance.
You have to listen to one or two ads. They are short, and definitely worth it to make the free call. Plus, you have to call a landline for most countries. You can only call a cell phone in the U.S., Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, and Thailand.
Also, Time Warner Cable is offering free calls to Japan through April 15th if you have residential or business class digital phone service. Any calls placed on March 11th will be retroactively credited. To take advantage of the program, you don’t have to make any changes to your account. Any direct call to Japan will be free. If you place your call through an operator or directory assistance you will be charged the normal fees.
AT&T is also offering free international calls from landline and postpaid wireless numbers in the United States and Puerto Rico if the call is to Japan. U.S. wireless customers can also send free text messages. The free service will last through March 31st.
Residential customers will have to call AT&T when they get their bill to get the earthquake credit. The credit will only be for up to 60 minutes of direct dialing to Japan.