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Monday, October 11, 2010

Use 800 Information Numbers and Skype to Call Any U.S. or Canadian Business for Free

So you're talking to a friend on Skype and you suddenly remember that you need to call a business to get something done. You are disappointed to find that you're out of calling credits and can't make that call. Don't give up! There might just be a way to use Skype afterall! This tip comes from the folks over at Lifehacker.

"Skype calls toll-free numbers in the U.S. or Canada for free. There are a couple of toll-free numbers, 1-800-373-3411 or 1-800-555-8355, that can connect you to any searchable business. Combine the two, and any business is accessible for free, from anywhere in the world.

Skeptical, we called 800-555-8355 from a Skype account that had used up all of its free SkypeOut calling credits, and the call went through. When the friendly automated operator asked, we said we wanted to be connected to the Salt Lick in Austin, TX. The listing came up, the robo-operator said "I'll connect you," and we hung up as soon as we got voicemail, it was, after all, about 5 a.m. in that time zone.

So next time you need to make reservations or chat up a business in the U.S. or Canada, whether from North America or anywhere in the world, try the one-two combo of Skype and your favorite 800 information service."

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