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When you see websites and online programs offering free phone lines, it can be tough to stop and think realistically about what this kind of service can do for you. Yes, it is free, but it is nowhere near as reliable as other phone services. Also, it is only free in certain circumstances. Make sure you can actually benefit from a phone line like this before you cancel your phone plan and register with a company that offers free Internet calling. If anything, a free Internet phone number should be used as a supplement or a backup, not a main phone line.
Long Distance Limits
These free Internet phone numbers often only reach certain numbers within the United States or Canada. Moreover, the services that do allow you to call anywhere in the world often limit your call times to just a few seconds. If you have a sister studying abroad this semester or a friend from another country, you may not be able to reach them with a free Internet phone number. Traditional phones may charge, but long distance plans have gotten more affordable over time. You might want to consider sticking with what you already have.
Giving Out Your Information
Another hassle with free Internet phone calling services is that they insist on certain information to form an account and phone number for you. The ones that do not require registration tend to offer far less calling time. Some of the nicer services require you to register for a new voicemail, which can completely confuse your cell phone’s mailbox. You have to allow the program to access and organize your contacts. Basically you must divulge quite a bit of information, and the applications may be hard to disable if you end up disliking the service. A free phone line line sounds ideal, but in realty, you must give up something, like your personal information, to receive decent calling times.
One Service Might Not Do the Job
If your preferred service runs out of minutes or limits certain calls, you may have to register with yet another site to continue your phone calls. This not only spreads your information to more online services, but now you have to manage your calls through multiple numbers. If you run a business, having too many phone numbers can confuse clients and cause you to lose contacts. If you have a cell phone or land line, you can keep things simple by just buying a better phone plan.
Free Internet calling certainly has its benefits. When it comes down to it, however, you are restricted to a very limited service plan. If it is important to you, consider expanding your traditional phone service plan to include the people you want to call the most. A basic phone is simple, reliable, and effective, so consider all the aspects before setting up a free phone number. Upgrading your service may not be as big of an expense as you thought, so look into your options.