Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Everyday free SMS to Europe and one time 3.5 EUR free trial call credit to call globally.

We discussed about toolani last time as it was offering 0.5 EUR free trial, after further reviewing their service I found that it gives you 3 EUR free bonus when you refer at least one friend, which is not difficult to get. So in total you get 3.5 EUR free trial credit which can be used to call 233 destinations globally. So just recommend your friend and get 3 EUR as a bonus as soon as your friend uses your link to register without any purchase.

Click here to get Trial credit from toolani

If your friend makes some purchase with toolani, then you are paid around 15-20% of the purchased amount.

Apart from this trial offer, Toolani offers 10,000 text messages per day FOR FREE to all European countries where sending SMS may cost you 5 cents per SMS. With this offer every user is entitled to send up to 3 text messages and the receiver cannot answer directly to the recipient’s number.

We sent the trial message and found that the message is send from toolani@ and Your message is followed by the advertisement of toolani "international calls: to 233 countries. Test now www.toolani.com"

Basically it is an advertisement, but anyway good to send free SMS.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Reliance Netconnect Broadband Plus Review

Recently Reliance, TATA and BSNL have come up with wireless broadband which comes in a small pen drive size equipment. These are based on EVDO technology. We have got a chance of using Reliance Netconnect Broadband+, so here we have come to share the experience with our readers.

First we will see what Reliance is claiming -
  • Fastest download speeds up to 3.1 Mbps
  • Fastest upload speeds up to 1.8 Mbps
  • Plug and Play
  • Rotatable USB interface) with Huawei device
  • Micro SD Card slot for data storage with Huawei device
  • Broadband coverage in major big cities (32 cities) and seamless 1X network throughout India including 4.5 lakhs villages
Reliance Netconnect Broadband+ offering two devices to use their broadband wireless, Huawei EC168C and ZTE AC8710, We opted Huawei EC168C, as we find more utilities in that (Rotatable usb interface and SD card slot)

Now we will review, their claims and quality of service

Device and Installation
Device looks are nice and fairly modern.
Device is Plug and Play, as soon as you plug in your device, it will setup a virtual CD drive which will install software and 3G modem drivers in your system. But installation takes a little long time and after installation it will take another 2-3 minutes to load drivers, but this is a one time process. (If Plug and play doesn`t work you have a CD in package to install the software). Rotatable USB provides good flexibility as well as durability. (As an added bonus you have an extension usb wire in package). This device has an inbuilt MicroSD card Reader, which can provide you a fair amount of data storage. Well that’s an add on... Device is compatible for both High speed broadband and 1X CDMA. You can select the mode as HSD, CDMA 1X or Hybrid in RConnect Dialer Settings.

  • When you press connect Button in Rconnect dialer it will hardly takes 20 SEC to connect.
  • Maximum download speed which we have got is 1.2 Mbps (Not so bad)
  • Minimum download speed 382 Kbps
  • Average upload speed is 230 Kbps
Well on speed front reliance has passed our expectation. When we go for CDMA 1X coverage, we are able to get a speed of 95Kbps. This is best point with Reliance Netconnect broadband+, because if by any reason you loose broadband connectivity you have reliance 1X CDMA coverage.

* MicroSD card reader is little bit slow when it is compared with other card readers.

Account Management Flexibility

Reliance Netconnect Broadband+ lacks in this. You can not change your data plan online. You can check your used data with a lag of 24 hours. Every time you need a change in your account, you have to call customer care.

Cost of equipment
Well both equipment offered by Reliance Broadband will cost 3500 INR from your pocket. Right now this is same as other competitors are offering for wireless broadband service. But still we feel that reliance should consider this area. Remember Reliance old CDMA 1X data card, it started with 5000 INR and then after some time we are able to get it free when subscribing for 3 months data package. So there is a scope to reduce the price of the broadband device too.

Cost of data
I can say....... Very Costly
None of data plan is truly unlimited, Maximum you can get is 10GB that too in 1099 INR (for citywide) and 1750 INR. But I don`t think it is enough for a high speed data service. They claim this service is good to watch video, playing online games, but what will happen if you download 200MB in one hour of video watching.

Typically --
Video streaming/Hour = 245 MB of data
HD Video streaming/Hour = 400 MB of data
Normal Browsing/hour = 6 MB of data
Flash sites/hour = 80 MB of data
Voice chat/hour = 20 MB of data

So no you can choose a plan as per your requirements.

Moreover any additional data transfer will cost you 2 INR/MB , which is just double of TATA Indicom.So be careful while choosing your data plan and don`t go beyond data limits.

Basic plans for Reliance Netconnect Broadband+ are
299Rs Pay as you go ( per MB basis)
650Rs 1 GB
850Rs 2.5 GB
1099RS 5GB for nationwide
1099Rs 10GB for Citywide
1750Rs 10 GB nationwide

There is one 200Rs night add-on pack of 10GB , which is not available as of now.

Final Words
After considering everything, we can say that Reliance Netconnect broadband+ is good for people who want high speed wireless freedom; otherwise you must consider wired broadband services.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

FaxOrama.com: Send Free FAX to North America without ADS

Hello friends, here in FreeVcalls we always try to cut down your bills. Today we are using internet in all fields to make or life easier. Today we will discuss about sending free FAX , through internet. With Faxorama, anyone can send FREE faxes to anywhere in North America. without ADS on FAX page except one simple FaxOrama logo.

So lets see how it works
  • Go to http://faxorama.com/
  • Fill out both the Sender and Receiver Information
    (Only name, email and fax numbers are required)
  • Click "Browse" and select the local file on your computer
    ( * .PDF, *.TIF, *.DOC, *.XLS and *.TXT files only)
  • Enter in the 4 digit confirmation code that is displayed.
  • Click "Send Free Fax Now"
  • Check for an confirmation mail on the email id you have provided and click on the link inside.
Now your FREE fax will then be delivered to the recipient.Upon successful delivery, or if there is a problem with delivery, you will receive a delivery notification email, letting you know the final status.

(For proper receipt of confirmation mail please add
faxmaster@faxorama.com to non spam list.)

Currently FaxOram.com is allowing you to send 2 FREE faxes per day containing up to 5 pages per fax.

Thanks to Mike for sharing faxorama to us. Feel free to share your experience of faxorama to all by leaving a comment.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tata Indicom QuickFinder Navigator and Quick Finder Maps

Never lose your way, that’s what TATA Telecom is saying. On Monday 20 April, TATA Teleservices has launched its location based GPS service. This is a unique type of service named as QUICKFINDER A-GPS (Assisted Global Positioning System) service. The first-of-its-kind location-based service will be available to Tata Indicom subscribers. This technology is powered by Qualcomm’s QPoint solution and gpsOne technology integrated into Qualcomm chipsets. A-GPS service uses the most advanced positioning methodology to provide users with precise position information, including inside buildings and structures, Mr Anil Sardana, Managing Director of Tata Teleservices Limited, said.

Present GPS technology work best only when the GPS antenna is visible to open sky and can fail to determine the users first fix point if the antenna is not visible or is only partially visible. Furthermore, conventional GPS systems may take between one and 10 minutes for first start point, even in the case of open sky. QUICKFINDER overcome these problems with a hybrid system that uses both A-GPS and gpsOne technology to deliver fast and accurate results. It will provide users start position in seconds and with accuracy up to and within 5-10 meters.
Right now TATA has launched QUICKFINDER service in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Ahmedabad and only with two handsets
  • Blackberry 8830 World Edition
  • MotoRAZR V3

Special Features:
  • You can receive directions from a specific start point to a specific destination.
  • The QuickFinder Navigator will give you real-time guidance…so you will know exactly where you are at any point in time.
  • Voice guided driving instructions
  • Notification of wrong path.
  • Pan in on the map on all 4 directions and zoom in and zoom out on your screen.
  • SMS your location to friends and family (only on Moto Razr).

You can find relevant POI’s from multiple categories like Apartments, Entertainment & Shopping, Hotels & Dining, Travel & Tourism. You can also search for POI’s by name.

Steps to get Quick Finder
  • Moto Razr: Go to Tata Zone, click on Mobile Shop and download the QuickFinder Navigator/QuickFinder Maps from the catalog.
  • BlackBerry: Go to Tata Zone and click on the QuickFinder Navigator/QuickFinder Maps link to download the application

To verify whether your Moto Razr can support the applications, please follow the steps outlined below to check the software version of the device:
Go to Menu Phone status Other Information S/W Version GATW218_05.05.00R
If the software version is not ‘GATW218_05.05.00R’, then you need to upgrade your Moto Razr.

* QuickFinder Navigator Rs.200 for 30 days on Moto Razr & BlackBerry.
* QuickFinder Maps Rs.50 for 30 days on Moto Razr.
* QuickFinder Maps Rs.100 for 30 days on BlackBerry.

India 300: Skype monthly subscription Plan for India and more plans to South Africa, Argentina, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Slovakia and Thailand

Finally Skype extended subscription plan to India South Africa, Argentina, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Slovakia and Thailand.

This is a great news for the Skype lovers, now you can subscribe for the monthly subscription and save some money.

There are two plans which includes India

India 300
€9.95/month (€11.44 incl. VAT for EU only)
300 minutes of calls to landlines in India per month.

World 300
€11.95/month (€13.74 incl. VAT for EU)
300 minutes of calls to landlines in India and over 40 countries per month.

Unlimited World
€8.95/month (€10.29 incl. VAT for EU)
Unlimited calls to landlines* in over 40 countries worldwide (excl. India).

Click here to get 25% discount as an Special Offer: Purchase a 12-month subscription before May 6, 2009 and get 25% off on your purchase.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Telbo.com: Unlimited calls for just one dollar per month but Skype is cheaper for Europe

Recently Dellmont launched actionvoip and was very popular for India, then smartvoip from Betamax reduced the calling rates, now dellmont launched another service called Telbo to offer unlimited calls for small price.

Comparing Telbo with Skype unlimited plans, when it comes to some specific country in Europe, then Skype is better. Check the Skype plans before buying the credit for Telbo and buy the one which suits you.

Telbo comes with two plans

Unlimited US & Canada: $1 per month
Unlimited calls to mobile and landline phones to USA, Canada and also Landline phone in Guam and Puerto Rico.

Unlimited World (36 countries) package: $5.95 per month (India not included)
Unlimited call to landline (for some countries like USA, Chine mobile also) phones to
Czech Republic
Hong Kong
South Korea
New Zealand
Puerto Rico
United Kingdom

Click here to Download Telbo VoIP software

You can choose a subscription to a country that's different from the one you live in. Also, you can make calls to your selected subscription country (or countries) from any other country. You also have the option of The 3 and 12 months subscriptions which include a little credit so you can reach people outside of your subscription.

It seems that Dellmont sarl which is registered in PO Box 769, L-2017 Luxembourg are same as Betamax.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Mobile Review : Nokia 5800 Express Music

Nokia`s 5800 Express Music for is fully touch screen phone which proves that Nokia is serious in touch screen phone business. This is the first device to run on Symbian OS v9.4, Series 60 rel. 5. XpressMusic Brand help this phone to prove its power as a music phone. This phone comes in mid-high range of phone with a strong Nokia Brand name, quality music and touch screen features.

Before reviewing this phone let's have a look on its main features.

* Symbian S60 5th edition
* Dimensions 111 x 51.7 x 15.5 mm, 83 cc
* Weight 109 g
* 3.2 inch 16M-color TFT 16:9 display (360 x 640 pixels), Full touch screen
* 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera with dual-LED flash
* VGA video at 30fps
* Dual-band 3G with HSDPA support, 3.6 Mbps
* Quad-band GSM support
* 369 MHz CPU
* RAM 128 MB
* Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, UPnP technology
* GPS ,Nokia Maps 2.0
* MicroSD card memory expansion(8GB card included)
* FM, TV out
* Bluetooth with A2DP and microUSB v2.0
* Headphone jack of 3.5mm ( this is standard type of headset jack )
* Landscape on-screen QWERTY keyboard
* Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
* Handwriting recognition
* Accelerometer sensor for automatic UI rotation
* Motion-based gaming
* Unmatchable audio quality
* Office document viewer
* Direct image and video uploads
* Standard battery, Li-Ion 1320 mAh(BL-5J)
* Stand-by Up to 406 h (2G) / 408 h (3G)
* Talk time Up to 8 h 45 min (2G) / 5 h (3G)
* Music play Up to 35 h

Now we will review phone by its features............

Design and construction
Nokia 5800 has a long body with elegant color screen, display of 16:9 is unique , Samsung F490 is probably the only handset to be used as a reference. I can tell you one thing that Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has its own identity in looks , just like IPhone has. No doubt Nokia will be proud of this design.

Impressive high-resolution screen
The Communicator series and the exotic 77xx tablets aside, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic 3.2" display is the largest in the family. The resolution of 360 x 640 pixels is also second to the E90 business monster. In fact, outside the Windows Mobile realm there isn't any other device to match the display resolution (Not even the Omni).

Operating Platform
Series 60 is always a better performing platform in terms of customizing and better UI. This device proves S60 capability to transform in touch screen UI. Overall we find it very good... It doesn`t hang like some previous devices.

Music and Radio
XpressMusic branding, actually it doesn`t satisfy up to a extent... User interface is quite similar as S60 3rd edition version. There are few small changes but music player interface could be more better.
Coming to music quality , it's very good and you can say one of the best in Nokia.
Simple interface of FM radio on Nokia 5800 XpressMusic can automatically scan and save the available stations in your area with RDS support.

Video playback
Well video playback will set Nokia 5800 XpressMusic in back foot. It supports a limited number of codecs, no DivX and Xvid. This issue was not there in previous versions of S60 as third party applications are available for them. Developers yet to come with a solution for this issue in 5th edition of the S60 UI.

Accelerometer Gaming
Accelerometer-based games were the most attracting features of Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. It comes with two preinstalled games and only one of them could make use of the sensor. Control is not that much good and but big high resolution screen and touchpad always an advantage for gamers.

GPS (Global Positioning System)
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic comes with a built-in GPS receiver , and it seems a highly sensitive unit. The handset was quick enough start in a moving car in about two minutes. A-GPS might have sliced a few additional seconds when you turn it on.

VOIP( Voice over IP)
There is no SIP-client built-in. But you can install other sip-clients on it. Well Fring will be the best suit for 5800.

Total box Contents
We cannot remember a mobile who offered this much in the box without getting out-of-reach kind of high-end. Nokia 5800 XpressMusic comes with an 8GB memory card. There is also a microUSB cable to use for your data connections, a TV-out cable that normally ships with high-end N-series models only and a two piece hands free. It's 3.5mm on either end so you can easily replace the provided headset without sacrificing the remote.

Price in India --- Approx Rs 18500
Price in Europe --- Approx Euro 250-350
Price in USA --- Approx 370$ for unlocked

Main disadvantages:

* Symbian S60 5th is new so software availability is limited
* User Interface is not very much good
* No smart dialing
* Poor image quality , comparing with other phones of same class
* Touch web browser not as good as IPhone`s Safari
* Unavailability of voice-guided navigation in GPS
* you cannot charge mobile with micro USB

At the end we still feel Nokia 5800 is a worthy deal. You will get interface that not as competitive as others are having in same range but the package you get for 250Euro with a brand name of nokia is still a fair deal..

Over all We can give 4 out 5 to Nokia 5800 XpressMusic because of its cost to feature stats.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Smartvoip offers half cent call to Indian mobile and landline: Cheaper than Actionvoip

Recently we discussed about actionvoip offering cheapest call to India, It is still not clear that actionvoip is the betamax service or dellmont service but it does not matter. The call rate offered was half cent to landline phone and one cent to mobile phone. Now another betamax voip service smartvoip reduces the call rate to 0.5 cents to both Indian mobile and landline which is just 33 Indian paise per min.

Web site of smartvoip:

They offer their regulaer service which includes
- Local access numbers
- Phone-to-Phone
- PC-to-phone
- FreeDays

Smart voip also includes free destinations like china, Canada, Russia etc, which is added advantage over actionvoip.

if You have any registration or payment issues/ problem, it is dues to the another account of betamax that you already have and used the same payment system. If you have any problem, please leave your comment.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

GrandCentral to Google Voice: Free calls to USA and $1 for free trial international calls and SMS

After acquiring GrandCentral few years ago, Google launched its new VoIP international calling service with the brand name of Google voice. However this service is not open to new users, but if you already have GrandCentral account, you can upgrade your GrandCentral account to Google voice account. 

To upgrade your account to Google Voice, just log in to your GrandCentral account and follow the directions at the top of your inbox. Upon upgrading, your GrandCentral number, PIN, and forwarding phones will be moved to Google Voice.

After upgrading your account, you can call any number in USA for free and you will also receive $1 as a trial to call any number. The call rate to India is 0.07 USD (7 cents) per minutes, which is not the cheapest moreover you can use this service only from USA.

You can always call or leave a voicemail with this widget.

Google always comes with innovative services..

Google number - One number for all your calls and SMS
  • SMS - Send, receive, and store SMS
  • Free USA calls - Call US numbers for free
  • International Calls - Call any numbers in low rates
  • Call screening - Announce and screen callers
  • Listen in - Listen before taking a call
  • Block calls - Keep unwanted callers at bay
  • Taking calls - Answer on any of your phones
  • Phone routing - Phones ring based on who calls
  • Forwarding phones - Add phones and decide which ring
Google voicemail - Voicemail as easy as email, with transcripts
  • Voicemail transcripts - Read what your voicemail says
  • Listen to voicemail - Check online or from your phone
  • Notifications - Receive voicemails via email or SMS
  • Personalize greeting - Vary greetings by caller
  • Share voicemail - Forward or download voicemails
Voice features - More cool things you can do with Google Voice
  • Conference calling - Join people into a single call
  • Call record - Record calls and store them online
  • Call switch - Switch phones during a call
  • Mobile site - View your inbox from your mobile
  • GOOG-411 - Check directory assistance
  • Manage groups - Set preferences by group
You can always add credit with Google checkout. We wish that Google will soon open this service to all users integrating gtalk with Google voice.

For details: http://www.google.com/voice/

Monday, April 6, 2009

Photon Plus :Tata Indicom Launches Hi-Speed Wireless Broadband with Photon+ in India

Forget the word SLOW internet speed. Tata Indicom has launched its High Speed Internet Access (HSIA) with brand name of Photon+ . Basically Photon+ is converted name of EVDO (Evolution-Data Optimized or Evolution-Data only). EV-DO was designed as an evolution of the CDMA2000 (IS-2000) standard that would support high data rates and could be deployed alongside a wireless carrier's voice services.

Right Now TATA Indicom has launched this services in selected cities and moreover it depends whether Photon+ service signals are available in your area.

Photon+ claims speeds up to 20 times faster than regular CDMA data speed. Max downlink speed is 2.4 Mbps. This speed depends on various factors like Network strength and time of day. Well we have checked this and we got speed of 1.2 Mbps checked throush 2wire.com speedmeter.

Cost of the service is ,you can say is not so expensive. But this gives you wireless freedom. Photon+ basic plan starts with Rs 500/month with download limit of 0.5 GB. Higher plan is of 1250Rs/month with limit of 15GB traffic. Every Extra usage is charged Rs1/MB

You can access Photon+ service with specially provided USB modem sticks which will initially cost you 3500Rs. All you now need to do is just plug the USB Modem into your Laptop/Desktop PC and you are ready to access a whole new world of High speed internet connectivity.

In future, tata income will also sale wireless router which is easy, quick to install & does not require any wires etc. Just install the activated device in your office or home and it is ready to use. 

Details can be found at (Copy and paste in your browser)

Friday, April 3, 2009

Jaxtr: Call free to India and Pakistan with FreeConnect

Few months ago, Jaxtr launched FreeConnect feature which enables you to make unlimited free calls between listed free countries. Recently they added India and Pakistan in their free list.

The basic concept of free connect is to save international calling rates while both the persons (caller and receiver) will call a local access number in their country to get connected. Hence you pay only for the local calls, if you have unlimited local calling plan, then this call is almost free.

Lets take on example of adding one Indian number (+91-99XXXXXXXX) in Italy and how does it work.

Jaxtr gives you a local number and tell you to

Dial +39-02XXXXXXXX (Milan access number) to reach +91-99XXXXXXXX.

Save this number to your mobile phone so that you can call +91-99XXXXXXXX without access numbers or PIN.

Tell +91-99XXXXXXXX to call +91-22-XXXXXXXX (Mumbai access number) now, and at any other time, to talk with you for free.

How do You make this a free call with jaxtr?
After you call the local jaxtr number above, choose the FreeConnect option from the main menu (press "0" for main menu, and then press "2" for FreeConnect). When you choose FreeConnect, the friend you are calling receives a notification (via SMS and/or email) with a local number to call and get connected to you. Stay on the phone and wait for your friend to call in. Once your friend calls in, you can talk as long as you want at no charge from jaxtr. Note that your phone company regular charges still apply for the call to the jaxtr number.

For details click here 

Which countries can I call for free?
Argentina Australia Austria Bahrain
Belgium Brazil Bulgaria Canada
Chile China Croatia Republic of Cyprus
Czech Republic Denmark El Salvador Estonia
Finland France Georgia Germany
Greece Guatemala Hong Kong Hungary
India Iran Ireland Israel
Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan
Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Malaysia
Mexico Netherlands New Zealand Norway
Pakistan Panama Poland Republic of Korea
Romania Russian Federation Singapore Slovakia
Slovenia South Africa Spain Sweden
Switzerland Thailand United Kingdom United States

The problems:
Sometimes you do not know if your friend in India is calling back or not and you keep on waiting. Anyway its a good idea to talk for longer duration if you have unlimited calling plan and also good if you want to initiate the call from India.

I called for 4 minutes and the quality was reasonably good, but I had to inform my friend in India to call me back on this number.

Have questions, leave your comment

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Pingo Easter 2009 promo: Reduces rate to India with 34% discount to India and 20% discount for others

Recently we distributed pingo calling card to many of our readers uder $100 promotion, we will also send you $5 trial card to eligible readers tomorrow (Friday).

Those who tried the card on 31st may got 3 Hrs for free talk time to call India. Now, starting from 1st April 2009, Pingo has reduced the calling rate to India. Now the rate is 4.5 USD Cents per min, which is 1 cent less that the earlier rate of 5.5 cents.  Now you can notice that with $10 card, you can call India for almost 4 hours free.

Currently pingo is also running a Easter promotion which is 34% discount to India and 20% discount for others on the regular rates

If you want to call India, then

If you want to call other then India then you need to use the pingo coupon code "egg" in order to get this benefit.

If you are fan of calling cards and do not have all time internet access, this is a good offer for you.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Voipian beta: Just 1 Cent per Call to over 60 destinations.

VoIPian comes from the same group of services of voipax and freebuzeer. This service looks like other betamax service but are different.

Thanks to comment from "Mikevoip" to let us know about this service.

In the test beta phase of VoIPian, they are offering 1 cent call to over 60 destinations (unfortunately India not included) independent of the duration of call. You need to download the softfone and register to make the cheap calls.

This offer is limited during the Voipian beta stage. The Voipian Superdeal is available throughout Voipian's beta test phase. After the beta test phase, prices are subject to change.

Viopian also offers several features. 
  • PC to PC calls
  • PC to Phone calls 
  • Use your own SIP device
  • Phone to Phone Calls (coming soon!)
  • Send SMS (coming soon!) 

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