Karl (supersat) wrote in lj_nifty,

International paid users: Try phone posting for free!

For a limited time, international paid users wanting to try out LJ's phone post feature (without paying hefty international call charges) now can. Using the Internet, your computer, and a free service called Free World Dialup, you can make free calls to the US and Canada, including LJ's phone post system. Free calling into the US and Canada is a holiday gift to the Free World Dialup community, so it won't last forever.

To make calls, you'll need a microphone, speakers or headphones, and preferably a reasonably fast Internet connection (not dialup). People with SIP hardphones (you'd know if you had one) can also call without using their computer.

Here's how to get started:

1. For Windows users, download the FWD edition of X-Lite, a free VoIP (Voice Over IP) client. You'll use this software to make the calls. Mac users can download the OS X version of X-Lite, and users of other OSes can use virtually any SIP softphone.
2. Create a Free World Dialup account. Windows users using the FWD edition of X-Lite may be able to create an account within X-Lite. If X-Lite does not prompt you to create an account, or if you are using another version of X-Lite or SIP client/phone, you can create an account here.
3. Configure your X-Lite or other SIP client, if it did not autoconfigure itself (the FWD edition of X-Lite may or may not).
4. Configure your LJ account for phone posting. Use any number you wish as your "authorized phone number," although it may be possible to use the caller ID autodetection feature of LJ's phone post system by putting in your FWD number.
5. Dial *1, followed by a number listed on the LJ phone post number page (for example, *12125551212), and press the green phone button (or the appropriate SEND button on your SIP client).

Free World Dialup is free service that allows you to call other FWD users over the Internet for free. You can also call toll-free numbers in the US, UK, Netherlands, and France, as well as people using other interconnected VoIP services. You can also get a free, dedicated WA phone number (apparently no WA phone numbers are available right now) or UK phone number that will ring through to your FWD account. FWD users can also be called through one of many US gateway numbers. If you'd like to be kept up-to-date with FWD news, you can friend the Jeff Pulver Blog feed (pulver_blog).

Remember, free calling into the US and Canada is a gift from Free World Dialup to the community, so please don't abuse it. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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