**HOT / FREE / PSA ** Cell Phone Callback for unlimited calling - requires SIP access but that's all!
Read on for all the details or just try the app if you know your stuff about voip and sip credentials already **
Through the years there have been Cell Phone plans offered with unlimited incoming minutes. Through the years there have been many tools to take advantage of that position with alternative solutions or approaches to produce unlimited outgoing minutes that are almost never very simple, reliable, easy to understand, user friendly, and -- wait for it -- FREE!?!?!?! (IF YOU HAVE EXISTING SIP CREDENTIALS FOR YOUR VOIP SERVICE)
First, every solution I know of does require some form of VOIP service. Fongo or any number of other free calling apps won't work for this as you don't have the sip credentials necessary to initiate the loop.
I consider myself quite experienced with the various solutions around voip to gain free phone services. Everyone of them has been frustratingly unreliable, difficult to setup, and usually inadequate for anything other than annoying the other party with echo, cut outs, or delays in the call. I've had a voip home phone for >10 years (with the same number) that has been as good as a landline and aside from paying the initial access to the sip access, I have not paid one dime form home phone service and Canada wide long distance in those 10+ years. This quality and reliability however comes with using an ATA connected to the router at home. For anyone who's still paying anything for a home phone please stop and buy yourself anything from Obihai and secure yourself a DID from FreePhoneLine.ca, pay for the SIP registration details, set it up and forget about it. In my opinion this is better than any carrier provided VOIP service or DID providers like voip.ms which charge monthly usually starting at $5. You can use sip credentials from any VOIP provider though but if you're paying monthly you might already have this service. I want FREE!
I was searching endlessly for a solution that didn't involve the complexity of setting up or managing SIP trunks and paying subscription or per/minute fees. After all, we're trying to extend our cell plan without paying more right? So I was blown away when I came across this solution. It's a very very simple app for android OR a very simple website option for any OS. It might cost a few bytes to send the request but there's nothing this easy or cheap as free! I've even exchanged a few emails with the author of this app.
So here's the setup - Google Store - search SIP Mobile Callback by sip.uno. This app lets you enter your sip credentials once and thereafter you simply enter your destination number - the app calls you back with your sip account and then (by option) automatically connects to the other number. There are NO ADS and the app is FREE! If you're on iOS or you don't trust an app or you just want to test it - go to http://sip.uno for the same interface. Actually the website remembered my credentials as well after entering once so using the app or website is as easy as entering your destination number and pressing 'Contact'. Incredibly important benefit of this service is that it doesn't seem to 'Register' with the voip provider so if you are using your account with an ATA or something like voiper it will flip back to those for uninterrupted operation.
Summary - if you have a phone plan with unlimited incoming minutes like the current $15 Public Mobile or the old Wind offering - you now have unlimited outgoing for free. As this service connects your cell phone to the biggest privately held CLEC in Canada which in turn terminates your call with any number of CLECs over ultra speed servers this is pretty much the same reliability as calling out on a cell plan except free. No more VOIP issues like echo, delays, loss of duplex sound, termination or downgraded voice quality with spotty wifi and NO DATA usage aside from that first contact request which might be a few bytes of data.
My plan --
** Home Line ** Freephoneline.ca - free DID number at home with canada wide calling - unlimited - no monthly charges - free for over 10 years and ultra reliable
**Mobile VOIP ** I can use my Freephoneline credentials on android native dialer, zoiper, etc OR I can also get FONGO app with free DID and unlimited calling (lots of free options in this category), OR the best yet is free outgoing calls with Google Assistant (?also available on iOS?) - no extra app - just ask Google assistant to call a number or one of your contacts! I just recently tried that on my google home mini (Spotify promotion) and I was blown away how simple that is - no registration, no hassle, no charges! "Hey Google, call ###-###-####" or "Hey Google, call *****" where *** is a name from your contacts with your associated Google/Gmail account.
** Cellular Phone ** Public Mobile's latest offering $13 ($15-$2) I get unlimited incoming minutes, unlimited international text, voice mail, caller id, and 100 canada wide outgoing minutes. That plan also has 250Mb data more than enough with/without wifi access to have email, messaging app, light web browsing, and call back initiation. I was on the $8 plan but with unlimited incoming and texts there's nothing in North America that even comes close to this $13 plan. After anniversary and referral bonuses this could also turn out to be free in time.
Despite all the press about Canadians getting stuffed with the most expensive cell service in the world, I can now say the above must come close to the cheapest telecommunications package in the WORLD! I know this post is long but it's far easier than it seems to set these things up once and then forget about them. No per minute charges, no extra charges, no network access fees, no 911 fees (freephoneline charges on a call basis), no overage usage risks, almost never to experience VOIP issues, reliable cell coverage through Telus, Canada wide calling for free, and no headaches. Going with Public Mobile has brought this all together and as I have few referral bonuses I only pay $8 per month for all things combined. (mic drop, a giggle, and running away like I stole it). It feels cult like in talking about all this which does appear to good to be true but it's real, it's right there, and you can have it all too!