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Placing free local calls from Telecom New Zealand mobile phones

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 24-Mar-2006 13:00

This is a smart move... Telecom New Zealand has announced a new plan called Telecom Freedom, in which calls between a Telecom Mobile and a nominated Telecom landline are free. This is appealing to families: parents will feel safe their kids can call home at any time, even without credit on a prepaid number, and other nice features.

It didn't take long for some people to discover how to hack the system: by installing a VoIP gateway at home (Asterisk PBX nonetheless) and two landlines (with the VoIP system bridging them) it will be possible to call local numbers (from your home base of course) for free from a mobile phone: simply call your home number with the Telecom Freedom option, get a dial tone offered by the VoIP system and dial the number you want to reach.

For the price of some hardware, two landlines and a mobile phone you get this feature. If you are on the streets most of the time and call local numbers a lot, this is an interesting money saving strategy - not that we endorse it.

How long before Telecom New Zealand finds out how to block it?



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