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  • Save on Calling India with Airtel Call Home

    Posted on April 7th, 2009 Sandeep 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!


    5 responses to “Save on Calling India with Airtel Call Home” RSS icon

    • I have been making all my calls to India absolutely Free for past 2 weeks. Here are the steps:

      Use gift code FREE10 while signing up on
      On home page you will see a link “Make All Your Calls FREE!” Click on it and choose any of the options.

      Share your findings if you find anything more.

    • is giving away free minutes to call India from your phone.

      To get the Free minutes go to:

      during the registration use YR09 as gift code

      You will receive 10 free instant minutes and 100 more minutes on first purchase.

    • Good News for NRI. The original IndiaOne offer is back and it is even better now ! You can call India at just 1 cent/min with extended validity, superior connectivity and the assurance that the offer is here to stay. Now call India at just One Cent…and with an EXTRA validity of 45 days.

    • Now you can earn free credit on by just paying some quizzes or solving some puzzles. To earn free credit signup and visit link and choose any offer.

    • 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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