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Free international calls offer - too good to be true?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Feb-2010 10:23

Today I've noticed this ad in one of our pages (already blocked the advertiser of course):



It sounds too good to be true, right?

First you have to realise that 028 is not a free number (I have blanked out the rest of their 028 number). So while you might get a "free" call to some country, you still have to pay the call to their access number. New Zealand 028 numbers are charged like mobile phone calls, so they are not cheap.

In these cases it might actually be cheaper to simply call the international number from your mobile. Unless you too have an 028 number, supplied by 2talk. Calls from 028 numbers to other 028 numbers are free - this is the best case scenario.

As pointed out by Steve in the comments, here is the catch: the company can carry very cheap calls to international destinations, but instead of offering a free access number in New Zealand, it offers a 028 number, which is charged at mobile rates - so they make money on the difference.

As I said, it might be cheaper to just use your mobile to call those international destinations instead.





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