What Jeff it offering is really quite generous. It’s the ability to make international calls, using your DSL or CableModem connection, for free.
He ships you one of these: http://www.komodo-tech.com/kf300OV.html
You plug it in, set it up, attach a regular old analog phone, and poof! you’re making Voice-Over-IP calls to any number in the dialing plan for zilch.
And just to make it cooler, he’ll also provide a Linksys home router (which I just bought for my parents — doh!) so that you won’t have problems with the fact that your Telco has provided you with only one IP address.
The idea here is that as the community grows over the next few years, fewer and fewer of your calls will terminate on regular phones. Increasingly, you’ll be calling other people with the same setup (hence the term “end-to-end-IP”.
I encourage everybody to check it out. At the very least, it’ll make calling me a cheaper proposition.
—— Forwarded Message From: Jeff Pulver
Ian (and Friends thereof),
I am in the process of launching Free World Dialup III, details are at: ( http://pulver.com/fwd ). We had fun back in ’95/96, 97-99 and we are back in 2001.
The words on the FWD website started as a “Jeff Manifesto” since I think the biggest thing carriers should fear is the birth of “end-to-end IP” but the words have been altered for better reading and clarification to those making noise about this on Slashdot.org – see ( http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid/02/08/1325258&mode=thread )
I’m looking to place an additional 20 nodes for our March 9th launch.
If Ian or any of his friends would be willing to connect one of the Cisco Komodo boxes to their broadband internet connection and a POTS line to the other side, I’d be happy to send anywhere in the world a Komdo gateway, and a Linksys 4 port NAT router for free. (Up to the first 20 FOIBs that say yes).
—— End of Forwarded Message