If you are on Twitter, you will soon be able to make short phone calls for free directly through the microblogging service. JaJah, an Internet telephony company that allows you to make VoIP calls using your landline or cell phone, has launched the beta version of its new Twitter calling service, named @call.
Jajah says its service will work whether you’re using Twitter directly via its site or are logged on using a third-party client like TweetDeck. Jajah says you’ll even be able to make calls when using Twitter clients like Tweetie and TwitterBerry on your smartphone.
How to Make Free Phone calls via Twitter?
1. Sign up for a free Jajah account and input your Twitter username and your phone number (VoIP, landline and cell numbers all work).
2. To make a call, simply send a tweet with “@call @twittername” where “twittername” is the username of the person you wish to call. Your phone will then ring and the call will be connected. All contact details will be kept private, so you can use JAJAH@call without giving your phone number away.
3. For the call to be successful, both you and the person you wish to call must be JAJAH members.
The call is completely free and there’s no need download software or have any special equipment. The only and major catch is that the calls can’t last beyond 2 minutes! Jajah says it is keeping phone calls to two minutes because that amount of time is the “equivalent of a verbal tweet.”
I have my own reservations on this new service. The new @call program lets any of the hundreds, or in some cases thousands, of people you follow on Twitter to give you a call. Is that something you really want, or need? Let me know in the comments if you plan on trying the new service.
As of September 2009 the Jajah Twitter calling service was in a beta testing mode. Any Jajah user can ask to take part by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org