You’ve heard the old adage on “no such thing as a free lunch”, but it seems California-based Plumble is trying to tear down that old way of thinking by offering its users FREE calling – with only a couple of strings attached.
Plumble offers free calling (up to two-and-a-half-minutes) to its registered users. All you have to do is listen to two twenty-two second ads. And your reward for listening is a free call anywhere in the U.S. or Canada on the company’s dime.
The current rendition of the service is in beta, with extended service coverage coming soon.
Here’s a run-down of how it works:
- Call the 818 number
- Listen to one ad before you dial (22 seconds)
- Dial your number
- Listen to another 22 second ad
- At 2 minutes into your call, hear a warning stating your call will end soon
- Plumble ends all communications at 2:30
Apparently this works from most phones which means you aren’t tied to the hip by programs such as Skype, MSN Messenger, etc. requiring the use of a dedicated computer.
But note: Dialing an 818 number is NOT toll-free. A quick google area code search brought up an association with the San Fernando Valley… which means you won’t be able to dial this from a pay phone (for free).
I suppose this service would be most useful for “international” calls to Canada (albeit quick ones).