Modern technology provides many opportunities that were previously unavailable. Making a free call from a computer to a phone is now as easy as using a traditional telephone set. There are many communication services, so in this article we will consider the most popular ones, and also pay attention to the pros and cons of this method of communication.
Calling from a computer: what is needed for this
If you are going to call from a computer, then check how the microphone and sound reproducing device work. If there are any problems, then either you will not hear the interlocutor, or he will hear you. Of course, an Internet connection is required. And the higher the connection speed, the better. If the speed leaves much to be desired, the conversation will constantly experience interference and freezes.
Services that provide the service to call from a computer for free, as a rule, are built according to the same principle - you register on the site and get the opportunity to make calls for free, but with time limits. The duration of a free call depends on the distance of the region you want to contact.
You can call bothmobile and landline numbers. It makes no difference which cellular network subscriber the person you want to call is. You need to contact the MTS number or call MegaFon for free - a call from a computer will be free in both cases.
Often you are given a certain limit of free minutes - for example, 100 minutes per month, or 3 minutes per day. The second option - when registering a user, an account is opened, on which there is already a modest amount for making calls - 10 rubles or 1 dollar. By the same principle as with minutes, a small amount of money (5 rubles once a month) can be credited to your account at least once in a certain period of time. It is believed that you officially pay for the call with money from your account, but in fact you get a free call from your computer.
What makes these services survive? Free minutes in limited quantities are a way to attract users who will pay for more minutes - usually much cheaper than long distance calls on a regular phone line.
Users who often use such services to call for free through a computer are recommended to use the browsers Google Chrome (Google Chrome) or Firefox (Firefox) - they are considered the fastest among analogues.
Why not Skype or Viber?
Most often, we use programs and applications for online communication and video calls that usually do not require additional financial investments, but you need toThe device of your interlocutor was installed similarly. Skype and Viber are among the most popular communication applications. If you can make a call from a computer to a computer via Skype, is it possible to make a call from a computer to a phone? It will be free only under the following conditions:
- if the person you are calling has a smartphone with Skype installed, and not a regular push-button phone;
- if the person is currently online from a smartphone.
For those who want to call from Skype to landline numbers or mobile phones without an installed application, Skype provides a paid service. The rate depends on which country you are going to call. For example, a minute of a call to the United States costs 2.3 cents, to India - 1.5 cents, to France - 8 cents to mobile phones and 2.3 cents to landlines.
A similar situation with Viber. The call service to mobile and landline numbers is called Viber Out. The cost of a minute of a call is comparable to the tariffs of Skype. Calls to landlines are always cheaper than calls to mobiles. In order to use these services, you will need to top up your Skype or Viber account in advance.
Service "Online calls"
In order to call from this site, you will need to go through the registration process. Registration is simple and fast, you can even use your VKontakte account. After registration, go to the main page and typedesired number.
This service also has a smartphone app available for both Android and iPhone. After downloading it, you can both call from a computer to a mobile phone for free, and from a mobile phone, subject to Wi-Fi. But the site has a rather strict time limit - one free call per day, lasting only one minute.
The "Zadarma.com" project also gives you the opportunity to make a free call from your computer to your phone after registering on the site. In addition, this service provides a "virtual number" service - you can choose a number similar to a landline in Russia or even a number from another country, and then receive calls to it. By this number you will be able to get through not only to a computer: a forwarding service to a phone is available.
User reviews about the Zadarma project differ. Some note the cheapness and convenience, others - poor technical support, poor quality communications and the complexity of technical settings. But if you are going to use the service exclusively for free calls, then the only thing to worry about is possible interruptions in communication.
After registration, you will receive free 30 minutes of calls to 40 countries of the world on your account. When the minutes are exhausted, you will have to top up your account with a minimum of $9.5. After that, you will have another 400free minutes. The money will remain in your account - you can use it either for calls to paid destinations, or after the limited minutes run out.
Foreign analogue of free calls service. Just like domestic sites, Call2friends allows you to make free calls from a computer, but the creators immediately warn that the quality of communication with a free call may be worse, since the cheapest communication channels are used for this. You can call directly from your browser, without installing any additional applications.
Another representative of Internet telephony. After registering on the site, the user receives a Russian telephone number with the code of one of the major cities and can make calls from it around the world. You can call a mobile from a computer for free using YouMagic, limiting yourself to a limit of 5 free minutes per day. To do this, you will also have to download a special program from the site.
YouMagic also provides a promotional tariff - the opportunity to use the services of the service for free for 7 days: you get a landline number and can make outgoing calls from it to numbers of the connected region, as well as receive incoming calls from all over the world. However, the limit of 5 minutes per day per call continues to apply. If in a week you do not replenish the balance, all connected services of the promo tariffblocked.
The operation system of "Sipnet.ru" is similar to other services. You register on the site and call either directly from the "Personal Account" in the browser, or download software to your computer - software called Sippoint. "Sipnet" is more designed for business use - with the help of this service, you can create your own telephone network for a company with internal short numbers.
Jaxtr.com: free, but not quite
Abroad, this service is used to make calls to another country at local rates. On the main page of the site, you will not immediately understand this - information that calls are still not absolutely free is contained in the "How it works" section. But Jaxtr.com allows you to encrypt your phone number. This is actively used by page owners who want to keep in touch with site visitors, but do not want to publish their real phone number on the Internet.
FreeCall: free, but not immediately
The FreeCall service promises you free minutes and calls to different directions, but only on one condition - you must have at least 10 euros on your account.
Therefore, if you want to call a mobile from a computer for free with an initial complete lack of funds, this site is foruseless to you.