While I was driving my kid to school last week, he said, "Dad, why
are you building a new phone for us to use when we already have one?"
He was referring to SIPphone, where I spend time when I'm not working on
my first priority, Linspire.
SIPphone doesn't manufacture phones,
but we do provide the dial tone, so when a SIP phone is plugged into
the Internet it can send and receive calls. Nonetheless it's an astute
Thousands of SIPphones have been sold and are being used to make
calls worldwide with no monthly charges or per-minute charges. These
units cost less than $100 and plug into the Internet,
which they use to send and receive calls. There are some heart-warming
stories that buyers have sent in, telling us how their SIPphone have
changed their lives by helping them find love, connect with
family, or even get a job in the movies. You'll find some of the
stories here. The majority of calls have been between other SIPphone users and not
to "regular" phones, which is an obvious limitation.
linking up the SIPphone network to the traditional phone network,
meaning there will immediately be another billion telephone numbers
you can call. Perhaps best of all, we're allowing free calls to certain
Asian, European and North American countries as a demonstration of this milestone in telecommunications. Yes, you read right.
People who have purchased a SIPphone in the past, or who buy one now,
can pickup their handset and dial phones in the US, Canada, UK, France,
Germany, Australia, Taiwan and other countries at no cost. There is no
monthly fee and no per minute fee. Click here for a complete
list of countries that are now reachable under this program. There are
some limitations you should be aware of. Each SIPphone can only make 5 one
minute calls for a total of 5 minutes of calling per day. Since 30% of
calls are one minute or less in duration, this has real value for most
callers. Note also that in certain countries free calling extends to
landlines only, not cell phones.
Most of us dread opening our monthly phone bill. International calls
are often the largest source of uncertainty and apprehension when
that monthly itemized list. People usually avoid making
international calls simply because they don't want a $2-3 per-minute
surprise on their bill, which can blowout the monthly budget. It's a
mystery how much calling rates are to certain countries until you get
the bill, and by then the damage has already been done. Now you can use
your SIPphone to take advantage of rock-bottom prices that you'll know
in advance. You can find a list of
current rates here.
There is also a great solution if you want to make longer calls, by taking
advantage of SIP Minutes. This is a new program which we have yet to publicly announce, but is available to SIPphone
users for testing. SIP Minutes give you phenomenally low-cost calling to
most anywhere in the world directly from a SIP phone. To use SIP
Minutes, simply purchase some minutes online and then whenever
you dial non-free calls from your SIP phone, they are automatically
deducted from that balance. There are no special codes or access
numbers to dial. Just pick up the phone and dial.
If you've already purchased
a SIPphone, I hope you'll give free calling a try today, since it's
immediately available for all phones sold from SIPphone.com. Just pick
up your handset and dial a number to one of the countries we
are now permitting free calls to. Let me know how it works for
you. For this week only, SIPphone is offering our
hottest selling SIP phones at a 20% discount for Michael's Minute
readers. Just follow this link, so you can experience SIPphone
in action first hand!
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