Cyberstalker's paradise again.
New UK service Voixio is to offer free national or international phone and video calls to internet users. The catch? For every call you first have to watch an ad or commercial. Voixio was set up by London-based Requestec, which specialises in web 2.0 communication applications, including high definition video calling from …
It could be a double bluff April Fool.
It really does work. I was just able to register and start using the service. Took all of 8 seconds to get working and be making a call.
So maybe, the joke is to make you believe that it's an April Fool.
You can't of course make a call to an email address. Although if that email address is registered to an account holder, it will call them. Otherwise it will send them an invite.
...and was able to make a voice call and a video call to my mobile, all be it after watching a stupid advert for Silverjet. That said, now when I try again it just tells me that it launches April 1st.
Looks like you're going to get 15 minutes to a landline, 2 minutes to a mobile and 1 minute of video calling per ad, and it does look like it's real.
".....no one removes their landline when making internet calls...."
I did. Not by choice, mind you, but since I'm not paying for something I don't want, I've left it this way.
I've deliberately left out the "via a PC" bit, cos I don't. Use a PC for VOIP I mean. No M$N of Skhype here, just standard SIP using a SIP-capable DSL router with a DECT base unit plugged into it. Just like having a "real" phone, but without that Pelican feeling*.
*Blackadder: "I feel like a Pelican. Everywhere I look, there's a huge bill in front of me."
right, turns out you can still use it now in a limited capacity until it launches (free mode). It wasn't clear before, basically this is a better version of skype with the option of having it free if you watch an ad - or you can pay and it's still cheaper than skype. all the pc to email calls are free, as is the messaging service anyway, it's only landline and mobile calls you pay for. this may be the only service that you can make 3g video calls from i think.
"no one removes their landline when making internet calls via a PC"
Most people on cable would be happy to, as they don't need a landline to get broadband. Different physical cable.
I'm on ADSL via a BT line however (because NTL/Virgin are utter crap but that's another issue), and I cannot have broadband without the line. Hence I don't get rid of the landline. If I could, and VoIP was reliable enough (it's not), then I would.
However, as I don't make international calls, and I have a landline that I have to pay for and calls within the UK are now practically free, I don't bother with VoIP. Though I'm not interested in calling from my PC anyway. Much prefer a separate handset without powering up a PC, though my mobile can VoIP anyway.
VoIP would be great on mobiles with WLAN, but it's just plain useless on most hotspots. At home it's fine, except for the battery drain using WLAN. Otherwise I'd again be happy to ditch the landline if I could.
But anyway, isn't the 999 issue being dealt with? i.e. requirement by regulators for VoIP operators to provide a 999 service ?
A reason for adverts! I find it perfectly acceptable to hand over personal data (i lie when filling in forms anyway) for a FREE server.
No problem, adverts to subsidise a service? No problem.
Adverts on a pay for service where there were no adverts before (*Cough* Phorm) no way.
Anyone remember LibertySurf in the UK? (plus other similar ISPs) £20 for a year of unlimite off-peak dialup with ad-banner on the screen, it was great.
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