Save on Calling India with Airtel Call HomePosted on April 7th, 2009 5 comments
So you just signed up for a shiny new Airtel Call Home account to call India (and other countries) from the USA. The rates (at the time of this writing) are competitive, at ¢6 per minute to call mobile phones and ¢7 to call land lines, when you call their toll-free number. What Airtel does not let you find easily is the fact that you can bring this down to ¢5.5/minute and ¢6.5/minute respectively if you call their non-toll-free numbers.
What is a toll-free number?
According to the FCC’s website:
Toll-free numbers are numbers that begin with one of the following three-digit codes: 800, 888, 877, or 866. Toll-free numbers allow callers to reach businesses and/or individuals without being charged for the call. The charge for using a toll-free number is paid by the called party (the toll-free subscriber) instead of the calling party.
Which basically means that when you call Airtel’s toll-free number, they pay for the call. If you call their non-toll-free number, naturally the savings are passed on to you. If you call this number from a mobile, you end up using your minutes anyway, so you can save some money by calling their non-toll-free number. (Also, many companies offer triple play packages – phone, internet and cable TV – where they bundle unlimited national calling within the USA).
Where do I find Airtel’s non-toll-free number?
From the Local Access page, that’s where. Local access numbers for the Newark, NJ area are, for example:
- (201) 300-4547
- (732) 284-3376
- (908) 279-8561
- (201) 621-0638 and more
The next time you call Airtel Call Home, make sure you call the local access numbers!
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Airtel Call home is shutting down; they had one of the best call quality and
(a) You will not be able to recharge any further with effect from 5th June’2011
(b) Toll free/Local Access services shall remain fully functional till 30th June ‘2011
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