I needed a US phone number to register with a site as it only allows the people from US with a valid US phone number. We can use a US proxy to bypass the country limit, but how can we get a US phone number?
I know that for a fee, I can get a US phone number from Skype, but I wanted a free one as I will receive call only once. I ran searches in Google to find a free phone service. There were lot of suggestions, which does not work well. Some were not working and some sites disappeared. Some methods required me to register with a free SIP provider and then forward those calls to a free phone number provider.
So, tried a number of services and the best I found was VoxOx. Very simple registration will give you a free US phone number that you can use to receive calls. By subscribing to their plans, you can even make outgoing calls and they were cheap too. There were wonderful plans like US & Canada unlimited calling at Just $2.45 per month (3000 minutes fair usage policy applies).
You need to configure the client correctly to receive the calls, otherwise it does not work well.
Register on VoxOx and download the client.
Install it, run, and login with your credentials. Click on File>Preferences and in preferences window, select “Phone.”
Modify the options as you see below and you are done.
Possible other uses:
- If you run a cybercafe, you can offer US Phone Calls at Rs.2/minue and make 6K by subscribing to unlimited US and Canada phone calling pack at $2.45/month (approx. Rs. 150) 🙂
- If somebody in your family is in US, give this number to him/her, so that they can call at anytime right from their mobile or land phone at a local call charge and you can also talk to them at just Rs.150 for 3000 minutes.
If you want to see if it is working fine, use Evaphone to make a free call right from your browser.