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Chapter 25. Reaching Out with Chat and I... > Free Long-Distance Calls with Intern... - Pg. 238

Reaching Out with Chat and Instant Messaging 238 Free Long-Distance Calls with Internet Phone The phone company has been overcharging us for years, but they're running scared. With your Internet connection and one of the new Internet phone programs, you can place a long distance call to anywhere in the United States free of charge and anywhere in the world for a lot less than a dime a minute. What's the catch? Well, you can't just plug your phone into your modem and dial the number; you must have a special Internet phone program. You also need a sound card, speakers, and a microphone. Another draw- back is that the audio quality suffers a bit when calls are placed over the Internet. Expect to expe- rience a slight pause between the time when someone speaks and the person at the other end hears the words. With Net2Phone, you can place free PC-to-PC calls over the Internet to any PC, anywhere in the world. Within the United States you can even place free PC-to-phone calls; however, these calls typically are limited to 5 minutes or less. Net2Phone also offers inexpensive rates for international PC-to-phone calls. Inside Tip