), a provider of Web-integrated communication and transaction tools, announced today that its’ upgraded its “Earthcaller” PC-to-phone service, which allows users to call any phone in the United States from anywhere in the world for free.
“Earthcaller has become an absolute travel necessity, especially for U.S. travelers visiting abroad,” said Bill Binnig, Jaduka’s vice president of marketing. “Business people, and vacationers alike, have ready access to the Internet, but affordable international calling is nearly impossible to find.”
“Earthcaller makes keeping in touch with colleagues and family back home as easy as plugging a microphone headset into a laptop PC,” he added. “We introduced Earthcaller earlier this year as a demonstration of the flexibility of Jaduka’s Web services API
and the clarity of our hybrid voice network. Because of its immediate popularity, we’ve developed some cool, new features, especially for business users.”
According to the company, improvements to Earthcaller include: a stylized interface making it easier to use; one-click dialing via Earthcaller Speed Dial; a network speed test to confirm the Internet connection speed and ensure high quality calls; storage of frequently called numbers in Jaduka Lans’ Contacts list; a microphone and headset volume check; and a single sign-in for access to other Jaduka Labs applications and widgets.
To differentiate itself from other PC-to-phone services, Earthcaller works right from the Internet browser and there is no software download required. Earthcaller instead takes advantage of Microsoft’s (News
) Active X technology, which requires an MS Internet Explorer browser to utilize the service. Users can also continue surfing the Web while talking via Earthcaller.
Jaduka officials say their tools are designed to help customers to harness communications and technologies that create more effective business operations. With its developer-friendly, SOAP-based Web Services API, applications can trigger individual or group telephone calls, provide automated alerts, and manage surveys and other digital files, while also administering account information and transaction history for a variety of applications.
From automating customer communication to facilitating spontaneous employee collaboration to enabling near-field communications purchasing convenience, Jaduka is future-proofing its customers’ business processes, according to the company.
The reference to the world being small is really true in terms of business. When it comes to making a phone call to another country, the charges reflect just how big the world really is. To combat this cost and provide business travelers and other consumers with a better option for international calling, Jaduka is delivering a better option with enhanced features, company officials say.
The upgraded Earthcaller is the result of consumer demands for increased features in their options for making international calls, Jaduka says. With access to the Internet and other technologies, there is really no reason to ever pay too much for a phone call, they say.
Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.