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F Thomas
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A real skype competitor ?

I tried the free trial, and the speech quality landline-IP-landline heer
in France was better than skype's

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July 19th, 2006

* This week: Quick & Easy Free Internet Calls

Adios, Skype. I'm using Jajah to make free long-distance calls over
the Internet using my old-fashioned landline and trusty old phone.
That's right: no headset or mike, no software, and definitely no
hassle. And I'm loving it.

A Quick How-To

Here's the quick and dirty:

1. Register with Jajah. It's free and all you do is give them the
number for any of your landlines and, if you want, your cell phone.
Get the details here:

2. Any time you want to make a call, open your browser, go to Jajah's
home page, and log in. Fill out the "My Friend's Phone Number" section
and click the aptly named Call button.

3. Your landline phone rings. Pick it up and you'll hear Jajah
announce that it's calling your buddy's number, then you're connected.

4. Talk. If your buddy is registered with Jajah, it's a free call;
otherwise, it's 2.5 cents per minute in U.S. and Canada. International
calls are slightly more expensive. Here are the details:

5. Try it: Before you register, the first 5 minutes are free. Even
after registering, you can use Jajah without paying: You start off
with a credit of $3.

6. There's no contract or fee--just pay for the calls you make.

7. There's no muss, fuss, or hassle because there's nothing to
download or install. You don't need a headset, a microphone, or any
extra equipment.

8. You can use smart Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Firefox plug-ins to
call right from those apps.

Here's the Outlook plug-in:

And here's one for Firefox:

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If you think that's a doctored image, you're wrong. And the Urban
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Why I Love Jajah

I think this is just the coolest way there is to make long-distance
calls. About the only disadvantage is that you need access to a PC and
Web browser to make the call. When I'm traveling, I use my cell phone
and notebook from, say, the hotel room or a wireless connection at the
airport. (I know what you're thinking: What about an unlimited calling
plan for my cell phone? Jajah is perfect for me because I'm so cheap,
I still pay by the minute.)

If you want to get fancy (and I know you do), you can schedule calls
in advance:

I recently mentioned Jajah to Gavin B., a reader from Toronto. Here's
what he said: "I'm in Canada (not a complaint, just a fact) and my
daughter lives in Australia. I can talk to her for 2 1/2 cents US per
minute--over four hours for $7 US! Astounding! Just last week I was
paying roughly 10 cents per minute; thirty years ago I paid $7 US per
minute to call Australia."

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I'm probably the last person at PC World to have discovered how to
make free calls using Jajah. Here are two articles to read for more
details about Jajah.

"Jajah Announces Free Telephone Service":,00.asp

"Jajah Enables Instant VoIP":

There are other VoIP options, though. I know you've heard about Skype.
I've been using it about a year now; read "Tips for Gabbing on the

For even more on Skype, read Jim Martin's "VoIP Alternatives":,00.asp

But did you know that AOL's also got a VoIP service? It does, and Net
phone maven Aoife McEvoy reviewed it, along with Skype's recent

Check out PC World's Info Center for more on Internet telephony and
VoIP in general:,00.asp

Dig This: The sand falls. You redirect, fiddle, move, block, and
modify its consistency. If you spend less than an hour on this site,
you probably have a big deadline looming.

BTW, if that doesn't work for you, try this link:

If you get bored, try the Hell of Sand. The little characters are
amusing, though they don't seem very happy--neither would you if sand
kept falling on your head.

BTW, if you're feeling lame, you can get instructions from Wikipedia:

Write, Don't Call

I know you're itching to try Jajah by calling me. No problem. My
direct line is... Ahahaha, you think I'm crazy? How about calling a
long-lost relative or maybe your ex-spouse instead. While you're
blabbing, mention my newsletter and slowly spell out the URL below.
Better yet, just e-mail them the link--it's a lot quicker:

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edition and is the author of "PC Annoyances, 2nd Edition: How to Fix
the Most Annoying Things About Your Personal Computer," available from

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William P.N. Smith
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F Thomas <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
>A real skype competitor ?

At twice the cost of SkypeOut (except that SkypeOut is free to North
America thru the end of the year) or VoipJet? Such a deal!
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William P.N. Smith wrote:
> F Thomas <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
>> A real skype competitor ?

> At twice the cost of SkypeOut (except that SkypeOut is free to North
> America thru the end of the year) or VoipJet? Such a deal!

I looked for calls from my PC to a landline in Europe when the called
has not signed up to JaJah : 0,02€ per minute & VAT = 0,022 €/min This
is the price of SkypeOut.

calls PC to landline when both sides are subscribers: free

From their website
> What is JAJAH Free Global Calling?
> JAJAH Free Global Calling allows you to make free local and international phone calls. It applies to land line and mobile calls to and within: the United States; Canada; China; Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, and to landline calls to and within: Australia; UK; Germany; France, Italy and most other European nations.
> It applies when both call participants are registered and active JAJAH users. In countries where free phone calls are not available, or if someone is calling a non-JAJAH member, calls are subject to JAJAH’s regular low rates.

Look first at the info, then criticise

The interesting aspect are
1/ that you can call to a standard fixed line for no cost if both sides
are subscribers
2/ I have the impression that the voic quality is better. I have a 3 MB
Adsl line and SkypeOut speech quality is so-so, for instance not for
calls to an important client.

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