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Imagine that you’re traveling abroad and you find an issue with your bank back home. Now you need to call the bank’s toll-free line in the U.S. to sort everything out but you don’t want to suffer international charges.

Or maybe you just want to call home and check in with your family. There are all kinds of situations where you might want to call into the U.S. from outside the U.S. What can you do to bypass exorbitant fees?

Turn to Google Voice. Whether you’re in Brazil or Ireland, all you need is an account in order to make free calls to the United States and Canada. The most common method is to call through the PC app, but calls can also be made with both the Google Voice and Google Hangouts apps on Android.

As of now, Google calls are limited to 3 hours in duration, but there aren’t any restrictions on how many times you can redial the same number.

If Google isn’t an option for you, Skype allows free calls to toll-free U.S. numbers without requiring Skype Credits. It’s not as good as Google’s offering, but definitely useful in a pinch — especially if you combine it with a pay-as-you-go private toll-free number.

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You can try these free apps for calling to the U.S. No US Phone Number? No Problem – Best Free Apps For Calling To The USA No US Phone Number? No Problem – Best Free Apps For Calling To The USA Many apps promise "free calls and texts" but require both parties to download the same app (think Skype to Skype calling). These apps are different. You can call real American phone numbers for free. Read More as well.

Did you find this helpful? Are there any other ways to make free calls to the U.S. and Canada? Let us know in the comments below!

Image Credit: Dialing Telephone by Brian A Jackson via Shutterstock

  1. Warren Williams
    December 4, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I got a LG G4 phone before I went to Asia for 6 weeks. It has wifi calling which is free where there is a good wifi connection, which is available just about everywhere. It worked great and the voice quality was outstanding, not to mention the camera on the phone rivaled the quality camera I brought with me.

  2. Zhong Jiang
    December 3, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Do they setup a phone number so you can receive incoming calls as well?

  3. Karen Aroutiounian
    December 2, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Joel, "The most common method is to call through the PC app" is linked to CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA880 Gaming Desktop on Amazon. Not a bad deal, though...

  4. ludington
    December 2, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Magic Jack does not work with Mac El Capitan....and they're in no hurry to fix it!!!

  5. jshaw
    December 2, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    One needs a carrier that supports this. Mine, U. S. Cellular, does not.

    • Joel Lee
      December 5, 2015 at 1:03 am

      Oh, that's too bad. Thanks for the heads up, jshaw!

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