Futurephone Free International Calls


Free international phonecalls, no hooks. Dial 1-712-858-8883, a number in western Iowa. It works like a phonecard, but with no charges. Then enter the international number you would like to dial (landlines only). I’ve tried it several times– works great, decent call quality.

Take a look at Alec Saunder’s VOIP blog: http://saunderslog.com/2006/10/11/whats-with-the-712-area-code/

The Futurephone business model is possible, according to Saunders, through an antiquated termination-fee schedule in rural Iowa. By routing the calls through Iowa, the company collects taxpayer dollars, and pays minimal charges for the outgoing call connection. The result is likely a fraction of a cent per minute profit for Futurephone. Probably not sustainable in the long run, but clever.

*** Update April 2007 *** Service no longer works. A message has appeared on the Futurephone website saying “This service is no longer available”  http://www.futurephone.com/ .


  1. Kate

    December 2, 2006 @ 6:42 pm


    This number does not work anymore. You are told that this number is false when you call and are prompted to dial a different number that no one knows if still belongs to future phone or not.And the new number doesn’t work. You don’t get a line, a ring or anything.

  2. DayDaySite - Website of the day

    March 29, 2007 @ 4:48 am


    seem not work, any update on the number..

  3. adrien

    March 29, 2007 @ 10:58 pm


    not working here either. any news on this?

  4. Hugh Hollowell

    May 29, 2007 @ 6:19 pm


    Any updates on the new number?

  5. Tyler P

    August 19, 2007 @ 10:44 am


    I’m having trouble with this as well. Have there been any updates?

  6. Ray Thomas

    August 23, 2007 @ 4:55 pm


    Where are the new numbers??? Arghh!!!

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