The AllFreeCalls service allows people to make international phone calls absolutely free by exploiting a FCC regulation that provides kickbacks on incoming calls to rural phone companies. Users first call a phone number in Iowa and then call out to any of dozens of countries from there. The user only pays the toll to Iowa, if any. See our original post for more information on how it works. Apparently all of these free calls (from AllFreeCalls as well as other similar services) resulted in a jump from $2,000/month to $2,000,000 in subsidies from AT&T to a single Iowa Telco.
In a blog post today founder Pat Phelan says “Our allfreecalls provider in Iowa today took flight due to increasing pressure from a large USA based carrier. We are working on getting a new number up. We expect to be back in business on Monday afternoon.”
We’ll check back in next week to see if the company has found yet another loophole in the regulations to keep (profitably) providing free international calls to people. Until then, you’re just going to have to pay for those international phone calls. Or use Skype. For now, we’ve put AllFreeCalls into the TechCrunch DeadPool.