Business tips from the Ascentive team
Despite the birth of email and instant messenger, the phone is still an important part of business. People use the phone to connect with a voice they think they can trust that represents a particular product or service. But phone service doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg; here are the best free Phone Services on the web.
Make free VoIP calls from your Web-enabled mobile phone through Wi-Fi with GoSIP’s free download.
Fring harnesses your phone’s SMS technology to deliver free VoIP calls wherever you are. It also lets you chat with friends on most major chat clients.
Mobivox offers a free download that allows individuals to call anyone in the world, regardless of the phone they use.
FreeConferenceCall offers accounts that can accommodate up to 96 users.
FAC provides free conference calls and offers toll-free conferencing for participants at 7.9 cents per minute.
Offering a “complete internet fax service,” RingCentral’s free trial allows you to receive faxes as emails, to fax any MS Office file and to sign faxes electronically.
FaxDigits offers most of its services – a dedicated fax line, incoming faxes as PDFs, unlimited inbound faxes – for free. A premium services suite runs users $7.95 per month.
Although not quite free, some Skype plug-in developers have harnessed the power of Skype to send faxes to any fax machine in the world. Users pay in Skype credits per page with no monthly fees.
WalkieTalkie, Conference Calls and Chatterbox are just a few of the new applications Facebook offers. Facebook has also become a proving ground for VoIP-freeware development.
Ekiga provides free VoIP for Linux enthusiasts.
Acquired by Google, with GrandCentral one phone number makes all your phones ring.
JahJah links two traditional phone lines together without downloads
KPhone is a Linux-based softphone project based on volunteer efforts.
Earthlink’s free SIP phone download.
NadizPhone is a VoIP-enabled social networking site that allows free calls between members.
SighSpeed is an award-winning VPS that is free for personal use. Business plans start at $19.95 per month.
TelTel has a free download, but calls cost TelTel credits, which must be paid in $10 increments.
VoIP Discount offers free VoIP calls, but only to trial members. After the trial period, users must buy credits, which gives them 120 “free days” of calling.
Now that every major IM client has its own VoIM service, VoIM less about features and more about brand loyalty. For those still clinging to AOL, here’s yours.
Finally, Google Talk is a freeware voice over Internet protocol VoIP client application offered by Google. \