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  • How to call for free on your iPhone

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    Out of minutes on your iPhone account? Tim Cox at Cult of Mac reveals the details of this tidy hack to both send and receive calls for free on the iPhone, using Fring for the iPhone and free Gizmo VoIP (voice-over-IP) and Google Voice accounts. Outgoing calls are limited to three minutes, but you can talk as long as you want on incoming calls (thanks, Google!).

    Fring is a free app that aggregates multiple online accounts (AIM, ICQ, Google Voice, SIP VoIP, etc.) onto a single front end on your iPhone. Gizmo is a VoIP provider that offers free calls out up to three minutes, and Google Voice is, well, Google.

    The VoIP part does require you to use WiFi rather than your 3G connection, and the three-minute cap is a real drawback. However, it's awesome creativity, and it begins to point the way to true VoIP capabilities on a jailbroken, unlocked iPhone... at some future unspecified time, of course, when such activities would be free from legal sanction.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: How to call for free on your iPhone started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by xgus69 View Post
      i wish t-mobile had rollover...
      im on a family plan at the max 2000 and always manage to go over lol
      If you "always" go over then there would never be any minutes TO "roll over."
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rescuer View Post
      click here to request an invite

      https://services.google.com/fb/forms/googlevoiceinvite/

      Please note that Google Voice is only available for sign up in the US.


      sometimes it comes in a day, sometimes a couple weeks.
      Thanks for posting that link. Asking for an invite is SUPER easy!! All you have to do is type you're name and email address (I'm guessing it needs to be a Gmail address) and click submit.
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
      it can be any email address
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GregTheWang View Post
      lol i need to kill rollover minutes too... and the 3 minute thing wouldn't affect me too much. Usually when i call someone, they hang up on me within 3 minutes.
      ditto
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      I just need a google voice account. I can't seem to get one to save my life.
    1. mwr_allen's Avatar
      mwr_allen -
      How do I set up google voice? I tried going onto the the link but it says that google voice is not available yet.
    1. techierob's Avatar
      techierob -
      Just tried it right now. The link works.
    1. Cyborg619's Avatar
      Cyborg619 -
      If I get some one to sign up for me in the US will I be able to use this service here in the UK?
    1. in jail's Avatar
      in jail -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cyborg619 View Post
      If I get some one to sign up for me in the US will I be able to use this service here in the UK?

      Yes, using Siphon or a similar program you will be able to place free calls to the US and Canada via Gizmo accepting Google's inbound call to you.
    1. fletch33's Avatar
      fletch33 -
      so then 3G Unrestrictor would open this up to a full time solution regardless of wifi.

      actually with 3G Unrestrictor you could make all your outgoing calls with Skype or GV

      or

      3G Unrestrictor and iphone-backgrounder and Skype and now you can dial in and out everywhere

      i am in the group that doesnt need it with my roll-overs but looks like fun