Of the three services that we've discovered that offer free international calls, two of them have already gone belly-up. The web site of Futurephone (which we wrote about here) says the service is no longer available, and FreePhoneCallz.com (article here) has quietly gone disconnected. Maybe the Universal Service Fund loophole that these companies were using to generate income isn't all it's cracked up to be.
But AllFreeCalls.net (article) still seems to be humming along — at least, for now. AllFreeCalls.net lets you call two dozen countries for free. Dial 712-858-8094, and listen to the instructions. Dial 0-1-1, followed by the country code and the number you want to call.
Looks like I spoke too soon: according to the blog of AllFreeCalls' CEO, "Our allfreecalls provider in Iowa today took flight due to increasing pressure from a large USA based carrier." (Hint: its initials are A, T, and T.) He continues, "We are working on getting a new number up. We expect to be back in business on Monday afternoon…"
We'll see about that.
Here's info about the AT&T lawsuit that's killing the free international long distance services.