UPDATE: Apparently the site I reviewed below is now defunct. This page gets a lot of traffic so I thought I’d help out by saying that Skype is a decent option and so is Israel’s very own JaJah. I have friends who use Rebtel, which I find a little convoluted. Google Talk is my main source for free phone calls and video calls these days.
Convince your Israel buddies to get a North American VOIP line (now in British and Australian, too). It now comes in reverse, too – you can get an Israeli VOIP line through HOT.
What do I use? Mainly MagicJack and an American-side calling card 972shalom.com. Have now updated more on that.
Otherwise, grow up and just call us out here. We get homesick, you know.
No more excuses, guys. Free calls to Israel from your American phone from AllFreeCalls.net:
We do not charge you anything to make this call. Because the access number is an Iowa based number, your phone plan will dictate how much it will cost you to call Iowa. Since most phone plans include free long distance, your call is most likely free!
Our free service allows you to make free calls from the US to any of the countries listed below:
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil (Rio De Janerio), Canada, China, Christmas & Coco’s Island, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland (Warsaw), Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, UK and USA.
Dial 712-858-8094. When connected, dial the number you wish to call in any of the areas of the world listed above. Talk for free!
Don’t know how quality it is but it’s worth a shot…