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Make free calls to landlines, mobile phones with Vonage app

Normally the app limits your free calling to other Vonage app users, but now you can ring up just about anyone you like -- no strings attached.


Quick housekeeping note: I'll be taking the day off tomorrow, so I'll see you back here on Wednesday. Here's a great freebie to tide you over until then!

Talk is cheap, right? How about this: For a short while, talk is free.

Vonage Mobile (Android|iOS) is a voice over P app that lets you make free calls (and send free texts) to other Vonage app users.

You can also use it to call landline and mobile phones -- but normally this costs money. For a limited time, however, you can use Vonage Mobile to make free calls to landline and mobile phones.

The app taps Wi-Fi and 3G/4G networks to make voice calls, thereby circumventing your allotment of monthly minutes (but not your data plan, obviously). Side benefit: owners of iPod Touches and Wi-Fi-only iPads can make phone calls, provided there's an open Wi-Fi network nearby.

As part of the promotion, you can place calls to anyone in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. The fine print: The service "is for personal, non-commercial calling and excludes calls to certain geographic locations, premium and special services numbers, satellite telephony services and other call forwarding services."

There's a cap of 3,000 minutes per month, which is probably more than ample for most folks, but no indication of how long this free goodness will last. (At least a month, I'm guessing.)

Best of all, you don't need to be a Vonage customer in order to use the app. Another nice perk: it's able to keep your existing phone number as your caller ID.

This couldn't have come at a better time for me, as I'm taking a quick trip to Canada and would like to keep in touch with Mrs. Cheapskate without paying international voice rates. Nothing beats free!

Bonus deal: Calling all baseball junkies! Here's your chance to get a one-month subscription to MLB.TV for 99 cents. Regular price: $24.99. The service provides access to regular-season out-of-market games, which you can view on your smartphone, tablet, PC, or Roku box. Just remember to cancel when the month is up, otherwise you'll get billed full price for next month.

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