Blane works in the telecom industry and was just telling me about some really cool things he’s involved with. Usually this stuff is way over my head, but here’s something I can use to call my friends abroad.
Jaxtr is an application that allows you to put a widget on your facebook page (or blog or whatever you internet network with). You can then call someone from any phone, landline or mobile, and it bridges the call to your friend’s phone. Although the call is intitiated by using the widget, you talk on phones. Jaxter gives 100 free minutes per month.
Your friends and family can also click on this widget to call you. No one can actually ring your phone unless you pre-approve their phone number. Incoming calls from non approved numbers are routed to your Jaxter voicemail. So there are no worries about annoying calls. Also, your number stays private.
I’ve tried it and it does work. If you have a facebook page and you know my real name, look me up and add me as a friend. From there you can check out the widget.
Another phone service Blane told me about is Grandcentral.com. I signed up for that too, not sure exactly how it works, but it doles out phone numbers that you can use for a lifetime. From there, you link this number to any phone. Google just acquired them and there are some changes going on for the moment so there is a waiting list for services. So far, the people who have been able to use it are pleased with it.
So get your geek on and try out some of the new phone stuff out there.