Monday, November 26, 2007

Calling 1-800 Number from the Philippines for Free

Did you ever find yourself frustrated with calling supposedly toll-free number 1-800 or 1-888 from the Philippines to the U.S. and charged the normal cost of an IDD call?

I just tried several systems including Yahoo Messenger with Voice and it works. You just need a decent Internet connection e.g. DSL so as not to get a garbled connection.

IDD calls here in the Philippines using landlines and mobile phones charge around $0.30/minute (SUN) to $0.40 (Smart/Globe/PLDT). Various call cards using VoIP technology charge much lower rates including those advertising P1/minute calls.

Skype charges $0.017/minute while Yahoo messenger charges $0.01/munute calls but require installation of software in your PC plus a reliable Internet connection.

Note: Collect calls from the Philippines to the U.S. is also more expensive than calling from the U.S. to the Philippines directly.


  1. I know this is an old article but I can't seem to find a good info in the internet. I want to call a 1-800 number in Hong Kong. I was told by PLDT help desk that I won't be charge anything. Is this true or is it like calling a 1-800 in the US and I'll be charged with an IDD call?

  2. anonymous, calling 1-800 in HK is free if you're in HK otherwise you need to pay IDD charges. note that 1 there means it's a US country code

  3. Hi, Does this still work?i downloaded Yahoo Messenger, but I can't figure out how / where to make calls