By Alok Saboo on September 20th, 2010
CallARC’s plan to offer free international calls seemed like a dream come true. In fact it was just too good to be true. Lot of people questioned the ability of CallArc to offer free calls all over the world. The delay in the proposed launch of CallArc only fuelled speculation that CallArc will never be able to deliver on its promises. This article will put to rest all those speculations, as CallArc is on track (although behind schedule) to offer “free international phone calls”. I have been using the beta product for over two weeks now (thanks to Francis Assif for providing the beta access) and have all the inside scoop for you.
CallArc Free Calling Features
As promised, CallArc provides free calls to almost all the countries. Like some other free calling services, CallArc is ad-supported. CallArc has also tied up with a major upcoming telecom carrier to provide its services.
Here’s how it works.
CallArc uses local access numbers to offer its services. It has access numbers in over 40 countries. Users in these countries can call the local access number and reach their destinations. If your destination is one of these 40 countries, a call back number will be generated for the other party. When your friend picks up the call, you can ask your friend to call back on the local number generated for him (the same will be displayed on the caller-ID). Then you can talk for as long as you want for FREE. This works similar to Rebtel’s free call offer.
However, if you do not to use the callback feature or your destination is not one of the countries where CallArc has local numbers, you can still make free calls as long as there are advertisers to support your call. You can earn advertising credits by listening to ads or viewing them on the website. Due to strong demand in the United States and Europe, users from these places can be assured of unlimited quality calls.
Finally, if you are not in one of the countries where CallArc has local access number, you can use the web dialer or a mobile client (both of these are planned features) to make calls.
If, in case, you do not want to wait for the advertisements and are willing to pay a small price, CallArc will also provide cheap calls all over the world without any advertisements.
In addition to basic calling, CallArc has impressive list of features lined up.
The proposed features are truly impressive, I hope that CallArc is able to provide these services to the broad audience at the earliest.
There is no doubt that there is a huge demand for this service. Company representatives informed me that they have had unprecedented demand and sign-ups for the service. However, CallArc does not want to rush into launching the service without closing the loose ends. The launch was delayed due to some unforeseen consequences, but now that the beta testing is on, we can hope for a public release soon. I will keep you posted on the developments…
Please let us know what more do you want from CallArc so that the developers can listen to your comments. Who knows CallArc may even provide access to their beta program