Go2Call has extended its free PC-to-phone internet telephony service beyond Europe, allowing internet users anywhere to call the US and Canada free of charge.
The US software developer previously only allowed users to make free calls from their PCs to phones in the UK, Ireland and Germany.
The company faces stiff competition from Microsoft which last month added voice chat to its MSN Messenger service, enabling users to make free PC-to-phone telephone calls to the US and Canada from anywhere in the world. MSN is planning to add other international, long-distance and European routes.
Go2Call claims that millions of call minutes have been made using its service by users in 170 countries since its launch at the start of June. It said its service will enable users to make free calls to the destinations representing four out of the five largest countries for international telephone calls.
Jeff Stevenson, vice president of marketing at the company, said it is aiming to have a presence in 12 European countries and to have more than a million members by the end of this year.
"We have had an extremely positive rate of growth since we launched free long-distance and local calls in the UK and Ireland at the beginning of June. The number of Go2Call members has doubled every two weeks, and we have terminated millions of minutes of calls," he said.
Go2Call's free service is available to anyone with internet access, a multimedia computer, speakers and a microphone. The company said the quality of the call is low for computers with less than 28.8Kbps connection speeds.
More information can be found at www.go2call.com.
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