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BudPhone iPhone App: Free Unlimited Long Distance in Canada from Budweiser

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This Bud’s for you. No, we’re not talking about Al Bundy’s son, but the new free app from Budweiser, Budphone. It allows you to make free unlimited long distance calls within Canada (so far it’s only four provinces). It does not use VoIP/data to achieve this, but uses the traditional method of dialing a local access number (remember the days of “roaming”??), then dialing out your intended recipient.

The app is powered by freephoneline.ca and there are paid options to call cities outside the free list, and even to numbers worldwide.

Here’s how Budphone works on the iPhone:

How does the Bud Phone Smartphone put an end to cell phone long distance?
When you use the cellular application, you will not be billed by your wireless provider for long distance charges. Our application dials an access number, local to the city you are in (chosen by you) which then connects the long distance call through our network.

How does it work?
The smartphone app on your phone automatically calls a local access number to our network. Once connected, it enters the destination number you are calling to. Since your call is now going over our network, your wireless carrier does not charge you for long distance calls. By using the smartphone application, you are able to call numerous cities in Canada for FREE. If you have a ‘favorite’ 5/10 plan with your cell carrier, adding our access number to that list will allow you to enjoy unlimited calling through the smartphone application from that location.

Here’s the iTunes description:

The Bud Phone Smartphone app allows you to make FREE unlimited long distance calls to many cities in Canada. http://www.budphone.ca/cityListing

That’s right, it’s FREE to talk as often and as long as you want!

Making a call is really easy. Launch the app, select the city you are in, and dial or select the number you want to call from your contact list. Then, sit back and enjoy free long distance calling to many Canadian cities.
For more information visit www.budphone.ca

**Also available: Long Distance Vouchers

By purchasing a long distance voucher you will be able to call internationally. You can also make calls to areas of Canada not covered by our free service area, at rates lower than most mobile service providers. This means when you are calling the rest of Canada and the U.S.A. you will only pay 2 cents per minute. On our 50 country plan you can make calls at just 3 cents per minute.

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FEATURES:
• FREE unlimited long distance calling to most Canadian destinations.
• The app automatically syncs with your phone’s contacts
• You can dial manually or the application will dial directly from the contacts tab
• Save money when calling international destinations at some of the lowest rates
• Works with iOS3.1.2 or greater

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You must be of legal drinking age in the Province you reside in to download or register the app. Please go to m.budphone.ca on your mobile device or www.budphone.ca on your PC to register before downloading this app.

Before you download the Budphone app, you must first register on Budphone.ca. Once registered you’ll receive a download/activation link via SMS, which will take you to the App Store. Budphone will make your call by dialing out to the local access number, then dialing your desired number.

I tried out Budphone on my iPhone 4 and it worked great. The downside was that contacts that had the +1 xxx-xxx-xxxx format did not work. The “+1” throws off Budphone once it reaches the local access number. If you’re on a My5 or My10 plan, add one of the Budphone local access numbers and you’ll have unlimited long distance! The benefit of Budphone is that it uses your cell line and not data. Therefore, call quality won’t fluctuate like in VoIP apps such as Skype.

There’s also a desktop version of Budphone for your computer for free calls as well. I haven’t tested it out yet, but so far Budphone has lived up to its promise of free Canadian long distance. The downside? It’s limited to four provinces only and requires some work to get it setup. But hey, if you want to save money on long distance this is the way to go.

The full list of cities for free calling is here (only BC, AB, ON, QC).

Click here to download Budphone and tell me what you think!

[via @justinluey]

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  • Half_Pint

    I’m downloading this before Apple’s telco partners force them to pull it!

  • rmac

    I didn’t have to register on their site, just downloaded it right from the AppStore.

  • Heffy4

    There is No Peterborough ONtario number 🙁

  • ineediphone

    I tried to add the local access number to MY5, but I get an error saying that the number is not a valid canadian phone number. How can I add this number to MY5.

  • Anonymous

    So far I’ve tried to call Bracebridge and Kitchener from Hamilton and both have been rejected as not being in one of their supported calling areas. Kitchener is listed as one of the supported areas so I don’t know what the deal is. Also, the three cities I travel to the most, Bracebridge, Peterborough and North Bay don’t have local numbers…yet.
    I’ll keep trying.

  • Craig

    So…it uses the cell line, meaning it’s free long distance, but it’s still using my local minutes?

  • Hi rmac,
    You’ll still have to register on our website in order to have your number setup in our system to make the calls.

  • FreephonelineCA

    Hi Networx,
    You definitely shouldn’t be having troubles calling anywhere that’s listed on the free calling list. I would suggest dropping our support team a line so we can figure out what’s causing that for you and get things working properly on your account!

  • FreephonelineCA

    Hi Networx,
    You definitely shouldn’t be having troubles calling anywhere that’s listed on the free calling list. I would suggest dropping our support team a line so we can figure out what’s causing that for you and get things working properly on your account!

  • S3c0nd4ry

    I just HAVE to say something,

    Quote: “make free unlimited long distance calls within Canada (so far it’s only four provinces). It does not use VoIP/data to achieve this, but uses the traditional method of dialing a local access number “(remember the days of “roaming”??)”

    You should be embarrased. You post information on a site dedicated to mobile phones that is incredibly incorrect. What does roaming have to do with this app? IT CANNOT PREVENT ROAMING. Long distance = calling to somewhere else in canada that isnt from your local calling area. Roaming = calling from another country.

    You are dumb to post this, quit your job here. I hope others see how much credibility you took away from yourself. I hope iPhoneincanada realizes this too. Your leading others to info which will in turn make them look stupid.

    Its such a common term. Once again, you should be embarassed.

    Recap:
    1. This app dials through an access line located within canada. Similar to a 1-800 number. Still uses a local minute.
    2. you then dial your number, and the access line makes the call local by absorbing the long distance portion.
    3. You CANT stop roaming charges. Even if you have a roaming plan, your still Roaming. Roaming is the cost of using some other company’s towers in a different country from your own.

  • Someguy

    Very good point.

    Thats like saying iPhone 4G. Most people have no idea what they are talking about, and just try to sound like they are down with the new technology. As anyone on this site probably already knows, there is no such thing as a 4G iphone. 4th model, yes. There is no LTE network available to consumers, its in testing.

  • Wjw2web

    I downloaded the software on my iPhone. Registered and activated following the link from the e-mail. Tried to call a number and it says: “You are hearing this message because you have not registered. …..”. Went to the site again and tried to register again and it says ” you are already registered”.

    Removed the application. Wasted me 1 hour.

    Don;’t waste your time on this until they have done proper QA.

  • Digital Native

    This app doesn’t work in British Columbia… it works in the Greater Vancouver Area and surrounding districts. Hardly “British Columbia.”

  • Tomsiphone

    I registered on the mobile web site, got an email to confirm my address and then got a text message saying another one would follow immediately with a link. Well, I’m still waiting after 4 hours….guess NetTalk wins!!

    Also, the advertising for this app is very misleading. The long distance calls may be free but NOT the call to the local access number. That uses minutes off your account unless you have MY5, which i don’t. So be careful. It’s a not bad idea but it ain’t free if you burn minutes to use it.

  • Tomsiphone

    Yea, the long distance part if free. But, to access the long distance, you have to dial a local number and that’s the part that uses your minutes. It’s just as if you are calling your buddy at a local number.

    It’s called a long distance dial-around, like London Telecom or Distributel. You dial a 10-digit local number, wait for a dial tone and then dial your long distance number. Certainly not a new concept.

  • gordunramsie

    Are you stupid? From what I read, it is CLEAR that he is referring to LOCAL ROAMING when you had to dial a local number to prevent getting charged long distance. Nowadays, it’s automatic. Roaming does not refer to calling from another country.

    Clearly, your pathetic name is a reflection of your intellect, you DONKEY!

    WAKE UP, YOU FILTHY PIG!

    WAH WAH WAH, my name is s3c0nd4ry and i like to cry like a baby on the internet wah wah my mom neglects me.

  • gordunramsie

    Feeling lonely again to be flexing your ‘brain’ muscles on the internet? Precisely, my dear Watson.

    HAVE YOU GIVEN UP?

  • gordunramsie

    I tried this app and it’s basically a piece of junk. It’s limited to 4 provinces and they are just collecting your info to spam. The setup was a b*tch. Deleted.

  • gordunramsie

    Read this and weep. This is what “roaming” used to be on the Rogers/Cantel AT&T network:

    http://www.oocities.com/englehrt/cellular/cantelroam.html

    Before you talk out of your @zz next time, stop for a minute and THINK. You should be embarrassed.

    GET OUTTT!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Same deal here. Registered got the text but never got the link texted to me as indicated. Decided to download the app from the app store separately and it still tells me even after 12 hours that I’m not registered or my call display isn’t on…total waste of time. Should be able to register and activate all within the app. Some more BAD design and some bad QA too. If I was Budweiser I’d not be thrilled to have my name on this piece of crap app!

  • FreephonelineCA

    Wjw2web,
    After you registered for an account, did you login to our website and add the mobile service to it? If the mobile service wasn’t activated on your account, then you would still receive that error.

  • FreephonelineCA

    Wjw2web,
    After you registered for an account, did you login to our website and add the mobile service to it? If the mobile service wasn’t activated on your account, then you would still receive that error.

  • Wjw2web

    Well, it does not matter. For these type of consumer services, if one has to dig around so many iterations to get it working, what’s the point? How much would my 2 hours of time cost me vs. savings? I hope the vendor gets the point.

  • Wjw2web

    Well, it does not matter. For these type of consumer services, if one has to dig around so many iterations to get it working, what’s the point? How much would my 2 hours of time cost me vs. savings? I hope the vendor gets the point.

  • Chris

    Wow. A lot of cry babies on here. If you follow the steps, the set-up is easy. The only glitch I had was the confirmation email from budphone went into my junk folder. So far this app works great for me. If I have to call long distance, I would be using my cell minutes anyways, so I might as well save $ on the long distance charges. Thanks Budphone.

  • Yup, it’s pretty straightforward if you followed the instructions to get it
    setup. Like I said in the post, it takes work to use Budphone, but worth it
    if it’s something you can utilize.

  • BudPhone iPhone application is surely made for common network subscribers in Canada – especially those who are not aware of the up-to-date technology in making cheap international calls. This would be a great Christmas gift aside from drinking tasteful beers. (Laughs) Budweiser and the Apple Company are making unique move in thanking their consumers. Free unlimited calls to numerous cities in Canada are surely a surprise! But I don’t think this is going to be a perfect Christmas treat we may receive from these two credible companies in their respective chosen industry. I don’t think this is fair as you still need to sign up for a required plan to avail such treat. I hope there will be no hidden fees or after required minimum call mark down after all.

  • iVictoria

    This doesn’t work for my Victoria number. Victoria is the capital of B.C and the App is supposed to work in BC! A waste of time if you ask me.

  • aserettt

    hey i never got the text mesage with the link for the app…any ideas?

  • TDrew

    I added the Calgary number to MY5 without issues. You can use any number in Canada on your MY5 so just try different numbers until you find a working one. I then created entries in my favorites list on my iPhone and in contacts so I can skip the Bud App. Free outgoing calls to every major city and common numbers! It’s like having MY100. Suck it Rogers and thanks Bud App and MPL!

  • Sharon Scott

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