Make Free (and Cheap) Phone Calls From Your Web Browser
byAvinashonDecember 22, 2008
Many of us love services like Skypeto make free PC-to-PC phone calls (and cheap PC-to-landline and mobile/cell calls), it’s yet another program to install, and for some that process is a cumbersome one.Many of you would love a service which can be run from a web browser itself without any need to download and install the software.For many of us who use LINUX and MAC sometimes its difficult installing the software as many times its not available for that platform.
And here comes an alternative. Enter GizmoCall, which offers Skype-like calling capabilities but requires no special software. Instead, it works right inside your browser-any browser, on any system (Windows, Mac, or Linux).
All you need is a microphone (the one in your webcam will do) and/or headset. You can make free calls to other Gizmo users, toll-free numbers, various college campuses, and other VoIP networks (like Earthlink and LiveVoip). Here’s the full list of GizmoCall freebies.
As with Skype, if you want to call landlines and cell phones, you’ll need to purchase blocks of call-out credit (which start at $10 for 500 minutes). You can also send SMS messages for about 7 cents apiece, great if you’re traveling abroad and don’t want to pay exorbitant roaming rates.
But it comes with many disadvantages like GizmoCall doesn’t do video calls or even instant messaging, but it’s definitely a cool and convenient way to make phone calls. And because it runs in a browser, you can actually embed it in, say, your blog.So give it a try.You can share your experiences with us by commenting on this post.