I am trying to call the US. My credit card customer service accepts collect calls so why should I pay if I can call them for free.
I thought collect calls disappeared when toll-free numbers were introduced. Use Skype to call the toll-free number.
When you call a toll free number in the US on skype from here you get a recording that tells you calling 1-800 numbers outside the US are not free and that you will be charged whatever the international rates are (which on Skype are low enough to not worry about, IMO).
My US credit cards have a number to call collect on them too (but no instructions how to do so either) but I've never bothered. I'm with 'scarbowl' - skype is cheap as chips and I'd rather not trouble my brain over it.