NOTE: These reviews are based on my personal
experience or knowledge of the products and services, no compensation is being received
for these reviews.
dialpad.com Internet Phone
NOTE: DialPad has since gone fee-based and is no longer free as mentioned below.
I decided to try dialpad.com after seeing it mentioned on a television
program recently. What interested me was that fact that it doesn't require installing any
software (this is a *good* thing). Although there are other internet based phone calling
applications available, this seems to be unique in the fact that it is all Java based,
requiring nothing more than a modern web browser and a microphone for your sound card.
Sign up is quick and simple, requiring only your basic name/address info and the
completion of a short survey of interests. Once you're signed up you can begin making
calls immediately. In my tests over a 56k connection, the quality was comparable to a
digital cell phone, with only a few breaks in the audio. Calls are made using a small
browser window that contains the easy to use number pad, microphone/speaker adjustments,
and a status display.
The Cost? Like so many things on the internet these days, it's FREE! It's paid for by the
banner ads that are displayed in the dialing window. The ads aren't too distracting, plus
it gives you something to look at while you're talking. The only negative I noticed was
the audio would occasionally break up while a new ad was being downloaded. This probably
wouldn't be a problem for broadband users. Overall, I say the service is worth watching
the ads for. For more information, visit the dialpad.com
site or click on the link in the column to the left.