How to Get a US Phone Number for Free

This article is an attempt to help you getting your US phone number and that too from any part of the world without spending money.

A US local phone number will allow your friends or family members in the United States to call you from landline or mobile phones at local call rates rather than international call rates. You can receive calls as a forwarded call on your mobile phones or desktop based VoIP softphones.

You might be thinking of a Skype service that also offers Skype-In service (Online Number) that allows you to have a US number to make calls but the service is paid, i.e. $18 per 3 months.

Getting your own USA Phone Number

1.      First you need to create a free account on CallCentric.com. You will be sent a confirmation mail with a verification link. You need to verify your email before you can proceed.

2.      On verifying your email, you will need to provide your city and country code. Later, agree to the terms and conditions and hit the ‘Sign-Up’ button.

3.      You will be asked to have a virtual tour of the Call Centric website, just skip this step and move onto the ‘Got to My CallCentric’ options. The window appear will have your CallCentric number as 1777**. Copy this number.

4.      Next, open a new window and log on to phone.ipkall.com. Set your account type as SIP and paste the CallCentric number that you have copies earlier into the SIP Username field. Provide the host name as in.callcentric.com. Remember, you have to use same email address and password which you have used for signing up CallCentric account.

Note: Your local US phone number has an area code 253 set as by default. You can change it by selecting any other code from drop-down list. For the sake of understanding, I would go with 425.

5.      You will receive and email from ipkall.com containing your new local phone number. Keep the email saved in your inbox as this will become handy while setting up SIP client.

6.      So, you have your local US phone number with you and the time is to activate it.

  • First download and install Express Talk on your system. No need to install optional components such as toolbar etc. Trial version is more than enough to serve the purpose for you.

  • On each and every installation wizard window, select the default options. You will come across a SIP setup window, there click on ‘Yes, I already have a SIP account’ and move on to the next window. In SIP details, fill the fields by providing the information following the step 4. Click ‘Finish’.

  • After finishing the setup, go back on the CallCentric page and refresh the browser page. A notification will appear on your window saying, ‘your phone is registered’.

Screenshots Tour – Getting a US Number

Now you are ready to have your SIP VoIP client for your cellular phone and setting up it with your CallCentric/ipKall number. There are many Nokia phones (Symbians) which can be used to set up your SIP without any external applications. However, you can also go for SIP phones in iTunes or Android markets.

Fring- a popular free mobile application also supports SIP.

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