Saturday, September 29, 2007

Jaxtr [Link your Phone]

There is this new service that would enable people to make international calls for free! If Chikka is used for free text messaging (Philippines) and Skype is generally used for free PC to PC calls, Jaxtr would give free credits for you to call directly to someone's mobile phone or even landline.

While Jaxtr is still on its Beta phase, they give 100 "jaxtr credits"(jax) per month. I have already registered my Japan mobile number and the site says that I can receive calls for about 8 minutes (12jax/min) per month. I think the 'credit rates' vary depending on your location. Jaxtr is based in Palo Alto, so probably linked phones in the US might even receive more call time at about 100minutes (1jax/min) a month, I think. You can switch to voicemail mode if you want, at least for this it is unlimited (perhaps to be used after consuming your monthly credits).

I have not test-called using the service yet, although when you register Jaxtr will call the registered number for verification. The line was a bit choppy but maybe because of a low-signal PHS or to the low quality machine operated voice.

Of course, nothing still beats Skype for its unlimited PC to PC video conferencing. But in my case, my home in Baguio City isn't wired to the internet so communication with my family is very limited. The best way for us so far would be through Chikkasince they can text back straight to the messenger for Php2.50. However, I still don't have my own stable internet connection (I'm still leeching wifi and most of the time signal is weak), I seldom open my Chikka.

Jaxtr should be paying me for this. But I would be more grateful if their service would bloom and help realize the possibility of having free international calls.

Jaxtr ID: scion_cho


posted by ScIoN 1:41 PM


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