The economic crisis is the reality that strikes the countries and regions. However, many families do not feel the personal pain before they are directly affected. Now, that is our turn – my wife lost her job. And I had to review our budgets to save as much as possible on the unneeded charges. One of the areas of consideration is international phone bills. As result of detailed investigation, I have found very attractive offering from Rebtel, which I would like to share with you. Technically, Rebtel review has all rights to get posted on the Web Freebies blog, because company gives you several ways to make free calls, including first trial 5-minutes call as soon as you sign for the account, even before you charge it with any funds.
But that is not much as you understand, and you can find better deals all around. What makes the service special is its cheap pricing, which I found more attractive than other services and calling cards.
The concept is not absolutely new, but is still quite fresh. With Rebtel you post the phone number of a friend in another country, and you are given a local number, which can be assigned permanently for the same person. You then save this number on your mobile (I do not have mobile 2 section, so I saved all Rebtel numbers under pager – nobody has pagers anymore anyway) so you can call your friend whenever you want, for a fraction of your normal international rate. Now, if your friend also has Rebtel, you can call each other for absolutely free. First, call your friend on their Rebtel number. Then, ask your friend to call you back. Tell them to use the number shown on their phone screen. From there, stay on the line. In a few seconds your friend will join you back on the call.
Note that you can use Rebtel from any cellular, VoIP or land-line telephone. Quality is impressive; I could not make any difference from the regular phone call in terms of voice perception or background noise.
There is one more way to make free international calls, and the related savings might be already big. Call your friend on your local number. When your friend answers, ask them to hang up within 10 seconds, and call you back while you stay on the line. You'll be connected after you hear a short sound. The international part of the call will be free. It sounds weird but it works. Don’t forget that you and your friend also pay your operator for local calls. (If you and your friend both have inclusive minutes with your contracts, then these calls will be free.) You and your friend must both live in one of the 51 Rebtel countries. To enjoy this freebie, your friend may not necessary be a Rebtel subscriber at all.
Now, I plan vacation. Rebtel can help me there as well. I will carry with me a GSM phone with a SIM card in the country I am visiting, and I am going to set it up as your preferred number for the service to work as it is intended. Now, all the USA numbers I need to call will be converted to local numbers in the country I am traveling in. When I get home, I’ll simply change my preferred phone again and my numbers will change back to local numbers in USA again.
Some examples of Rebtel Rates:
- · USA to China: $0.019/minute for landline or mobile.
- · USA to India: $0.039/minute for landline or mobile.
- · USA to Russia: $0.019/minute for landline and $0.069/minute for mobile.
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