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How to make free calls from a PC or mobile phone

Save money with Skype and Truphone

Make free or low-cost calls over the internet using your PC, laptop or mobile phone. We show you how.

Using Truphone on a mobile phone

Step 1. Truphone lets iPhone and Android handset owners make VoIP calls. Download the Truphone app from the Android Market and click Install. Launch the app and click ‘Create new account’. Enter a username, password and email address, then click Create. You may get a warning stating that the app hasn’t been tested for your handset and some functions may not work correctly. Click Ok to continue.

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Step 2. The Truphone Dialler has a mobile phone-style keypad. Dial a number on the keypad or select someone from your contacts list, then press the green Call button. Truphone routes the call over the internet, making it cheaper than a standard phone call on most mobile networks. Remaining credit is displayed in the bottom lefthand corner and is adjusted after the call is ended. Truphone for Android offers 50p free credit on signup.

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Step 3. You can also use the Truphone app to call other Truphone users for free using a Wi-Fi connection. Click on the number field in the Dialler to access the onscreen keypad. Use this to enter the username of the person you want to talk to, then press Call. Note, however, that we found no way of identifying which of your contacts are on Truphone. You must ask them for their username and enter it when prompted.

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Step 4. Truphone doesn’t restrict you to calling only other Truphone users. You can also contact Skype and Google Talk http://www.google.com/talk/ users for free when you’re in range of a Wi-Fi network. You’ll need to add these accounts to the list of the IM services within the app. Select More from the top righthand side of the Dialler screen and choose the IM option.

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