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Don't Waste Your Money: Call long distance around the world for free

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By John Matarese - bio |email

(WTOL) - Cell phones have made long distance calls almost obsolete, but you still have to pay for the minutes you use and calling outside the U.S. can cost a fortune. 

However,  now there's a way to get free long distance calls almost anywhere in the world.

Tara Riehle hates to pay big phones bills these days. She told me a recent bill "was like $159 a month, with cable, Internet and two phone lines." 

But Tara, like many people, doesn't want to have to deal with Skype, Google voice, or other computer services to make a call. She wants simplicity. 

Then she might like a simple new way to call long distance free all over the world from your home phone.

It's a company called "FreePhone2Phone," and it's offering free long distance if you listen to a 10 second ad. CLICK HERE. 

Just dial their local access number, sit through a quick ad and start dialing. 

To try it, I decided to call Cancun, Mexico -- hey, why not? -- and after a 10 second ad for an online university, it said "to place a call now, press 1." 

So I dialed the number of the Marriott Casa Magna resort in Cancun. 

One minor problem: You have to call from an identifiable number, so our newsroom phones wouldn't work. So I used a cell phone. 

Moments later, I was talking to a desk clerk next to a gorgeous pool, and the white Cancun sands, in Mexico, free of charge. I felt like a Kenny Chesney song.

One small restriction: You get just 10 minutes per call and only five minutes for a callback that day. That's why it needs to know your number, to keep computer dialers from clogging up its lines. 

But try it: You can call Shanghai, China, or Paris (France, not Hilton, unless you know her number). 

You can also dial anywhere in the U.S. free of charge, and for folks like Tara- - tired of high long distance fees -- that is great news.

Watch John Matarese's Don't Waste Your Money reports Monday, Wednesday and Friday on WTOL 11 News at 5.

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