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Free International Calling from a SIPphone

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 question.

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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.

Today we're 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 viewing 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.

Buy SIP Minutes and make international phone calls for just a few cents a minute

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.

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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 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!

-- Michael

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