Net2Phone, Microsoft Collaborate on Free Long Distance
(www.net2phone.com) PC-based client software has been integrated into the latest version Microsoft Corp.’s MSN
(www.msn.com) Messenger Service 3.0, released July 21, allowing users to place free long-distance phone calls to the United States and Canada from nearly anywhere in the world.
Messenger Service 3.0 includes a “Call” button that permits users to place PC-to-PC or PC-to-phone calls to any of their online pals using Net2Phone’s software and technology.
PC-to-PC calls are free to anywhere in the world; PC-to-phone calls are free in the United States and Canada.
Because the Net2Phone software is embedded into the Microsoft software, there’s no need to download additional software. However, users will need a PC equipped with a sound card, microphone and speakers to make VoIP calls.
Prior to this, Net2Phone offered low-rate, rather than free, long-distance VoIP calling to any telephone in the United States. Users can call any telephone number in the United States and Canada at no charge, even if the person who is being called is not an MSN Messenger Service user.
The latest version of MSN Messenger is available for download at