Vonage Mobile is a free app that lets you make free calls with your smart phone directly to Facebook friends as long as they have the app installed too. But you have to have an iPhone, iPad or Android phone to use the service.

If they have the same app, you can call them without dialing their number first. If they don’t have the app, you can do text chat, and send them a link to download it. The free service works for both international and national calls, and uses your phone’s Wi-Fi or 3G connection.

This might be handy if you want to keep in touch with friends without sharing your cell phone number or eating up minutes. When you get a call from a Facebook friend their status shows up on your phone. So if they’re in Mexico, or at home with the dog, you know right away.  There’s lots more info at

By the way, we now use Vonage service for our landline phone and we pay about half what we were paying with AT&T. An engineer in Silicon Valley talked us into the change and we’re glad. You can get similar service from the leader in Internet phone calling: Skype. We like Vonage because you get to keep the same phone number.

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