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August 6, 2006 3:43 PM   Subscribe

Use the badly named Tglo to call any phone in the USA for free, and to SMS anyone in the world (maybe) for free.
posted by riotgrrl69 (18 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Can't you do that with skype, for free, and thereby not have to try to figure out how to pronounce 'tglo'? (My guess is they just found the first free four-letter .com available. Names are hard.)
posted by blacklite at 4:21 PM on August 6, 2006


No, you can't. Skype charges for calls to telephones.
posted by riotgrrl69 at 4:22 PM on August 6, 2006


And the award for Worst Researched Rebuttal goes to...
posted by ODiV at 4:32 PM on August 6, 2006


OK, I'm told that Americans can call Americans for free on Skype. I'm in Britain, and it costs money for me to call America on Skype, whereas it doesn't on Tglo.
posted by riotgrrl69 at 4:39 PM on August 6, 2006


It says no spyware or adware, yet when you install it and make a call with it, it pops up ads.

They also have a McAfee SiteAdvisor logo, implying that their software is safe, yet when you try to install it, McAfee Antivirus will give you warnings about adware being installed.
posted by thouy1976 at 4:44 PM on August 6, 2006


tglo is just a shortened version of The Globe which apparently is the media conglomerate that owns the website.
posted by blue_beetle at 5:01 PM on August 6, 2006


It shows a non-animated pop-up ad when you make a call, and while you have the program loaded it gives IE a toolbar. You can exit the program easily and it doesn't load on startup. I don't regard it as malevolent, although obviously there's no reason for Americans to use it.
posted by riotgrrl69 at 5:08 PM on August 6, 2006


Hmmm. Does Skype let you text message people for free? I've never used it.
posted by danb at 5:44 PM on August 6, 2006


Man, I just had a nice, refreshing glass of Pepsi Blue.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 6:49 PM on August 6, 2006


Funny... I just had a nice glass of Diet Pepsi...

What does that have to do with anything? I dunno...
posted by Debaser626 at 7:42 PM on August 6, 2006


Actually it's not the Worst Researched Rebuttal...because from now until the end of the year you can call phones using Skype anywhere in North America FOR FREE!.
posted by storybored at 8:26 PM on August 6, 2006


Remember when this was called Dialpad? That was awesome.
posted by grrarrgh00 at 9:25 PM on August 6, 2006


actually, it's free to call people on landlines using skype until the end of this year.
posted by jimmy at 12:45 AM on August 7, 2006


just add +1 in front of the number.
posted by jimmy at 12:45 AM on August 7, 2006


...aaaaaand storybored beat me to it. four hours earlier. whoops.
posted by jimmy at 12:46 AM on August 7, 2006


...aaaaaand storybored beat me to it. four hours earlier. whoops.

And sadly you're also both wrong. As has been pointed out further up the thread that Skype offer isn't open to most people.

I don't think I'll use Tglo since it looks kind of untrustworthy, it's the only service I've seen that would let me make free calls to the U.S. though.
posted by Olli at 3:31 AM on August 7, 2006


Indeed.
posted by riotgrrl69 at 3:53 AM on August 7, 2006


storyboard: That's not what I meant.
posted by ODiV at 10:40 AM on August 7, 2006


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