Free calls, free texts, free everything

07/07/2018

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I wrote about Globfone recently, but here it is again.  This time I’m writing a dedicated review, as it’s a blinding service and deserves all the publicity it can get!

Globfone.com offers free calls, free SMS, free p2p video calls and free p2p file sharing.  The service is all free, is planned to remain free, no registration or subscription required, the service is sustained completely by ads and sponsors.

On their site they describe their “Free Online Phone Project”:

The idea behind Globfone is to deliver telecommunication services like SMS and international calls for free to users across the globe. At Globfone, we firmly believe that there is ‘Love in Sharing’, therefore we are currently seeking to increase our coverage to more than 90% of major International GSM networks that we currently cover. Globfone WEB is a completely FREE to use internet service that allows you to make free phone calls, send free text messages, make free video calls and a free P2P file sharing service to all your friends and family around the world. This service works without For FREE! And you don’t have to install any special software or go through long registration process – Globfone is completely SAFE and EASY to use.

Their worldwide coverage includes 91% of mobile networks for SMS and 96% for calls.

Most of my experience with Globfone is the SMS service.  It is possible to send messages from just about anywhere in the world, to just about anywhere in the world.  And Globfone claims that it is possible to send texts to the same number repeatedly in close succession so as to have conversations via SMS.  This is something that most services don’t allow, reportedly to prevent spam.  But with Globfone, you can.  Imagine that you have a mobile phone but no credit or messages left from your allowance.  You can text message your friend, she can reply by texting your phone, and then you can reply immediately via Globfone, so carry on a text conversation.   Afreesms.com doesn’t allow this, nor does any other service I have come across in my years of checking out these kinds of sites.  This is something that Globfone is rightly proud of.

As well  as laptops and desktop computers, you can also send SMS from most smartphones.  And there is an app – Globfone SMS Messenger – for Android and iOS.

The free calls is a VoIP service that requires no registration, something you rarely find.  This service, as well as the SMS, there is an upper limit to the number of free calls and SMSes available to a single IP address during a 24 hour period.  When that limit is reached, the user is alerted and asked to wait 24 hours before using the service again.  And there is also a call-specific time limit: when you make a call, you are shown a countdown representing how much time you have left on that call.  The call-specific time limit is a pain in the ass – it seems you can’t make calls longer than a minute – but remember this service is free and you’re not likely to find better.

A good use of the free call service is to find your phone – if you’ve mislaid it somewhere in your home you can use Globfone to call it, the ringtone then helps you locate your handset.  Handy, and unaffected by the call time limit as you don’t need to answer the phone.

The webphone service is truly cross-platform as all you need is a modern browser  – it uses multiple different SIP/media engines including a Java VoIP engine – runs in all java enabled browsers; WebRTC – runs in all modern browsers; and Flash VoIP – for compatibility with some old browsers.  You also need to enable speakers and microphone, and optionally headphones.  And that’s it: as long as your computer has that, you can use the webphone service.  If you have problems, visit this webpage.

You can make free calls from most modern smartphones, but may experience difficulties using older mobile platforms, like Symbian OS.   If your mobile browser doesn’t support Java, Globfone’s FAQ advises using its mobile beta app – but I couldn’t find a link to that app.

I haven’t used the p2p services – file-sharing and video calls.  These services are peer-to-peer, meaning a direct connection is made between 2 computers, rather than using phone networks.  If any readers have experience of these Globfone services, please tell us about it in Comments.

The services are financed by ads and sponsorship.  In the FAQs, if you want to donate to Globfone or support it in any way, it suggests you “like” Globfone in social media, or place a link to the site in your blog.  So that’s what I’m doing here.  And look: here’s the link to Globfone!

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Hunt for free SMS

29/06/2018

I was using afreesms.com, but for some reason I got barred! So I googled for another free service, and the first tutorial got me to install Bluestacks – an android emulator – and an app called TextMe.

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TextMe – Useful if you live in “the US, Canada & More”

Yeah, I saw that it said “Send free texts to your friends in the US, Canada & More!”  I just assumed that “& More” included Europe FFS! I mean, it knew I was in the UK and slipped me geo-located ads…

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But I was wrong.  US and Canada… And the More?  Not Europe, not the UK.  It’d be cool for users in the US and Canada for sure.  Apparently you can send and even receive SMS on your free new number!

No good for me though.  Time wasted.  So let’s make up for it by finding a solution to my self-imposed goal – sending texts for free to UK numbers.

I decided to keep to BlueStacks, figuring that phones are natural text-senders.  So I googled appropriately and founds this:

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So I followed the instructions, configured the app, matched my phone number with SMS verification… and that was the only text message that emanated from Bluestacks.  Shubham Kedia was rewarded with free texts on his laptop, but I wasn’t.  😦

In the end I found my free SMS… and more!  Actual phone calls! For free!

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Free SMS… and calls! And P2P video chats and file-sharing! For free! WTF???

Globfone.com is wicked.  Free international VOIP calls FFS!!  Okay, so they are time-restricted, but it’s still there to use for free.  And the peer-to-peer stuff looks like it’s cool, though I haven’t tried it myself.

Anyway, I did it.. eventually…  Got free text messages from my laptop.  Hurray!!!!

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Free text messages! For everyone, everywhere!

31/05/2018

Nowadays text messages can be pretty cheap.  It doesn’t cost much to get a bundle or plan that gives you hundreds or even unlimited texts for a month.  And if you have a smartphone, you can use apps like Facebook’s Messenger to send messages for free. But if you’re not on such a plan, or can’t/won’t/don’t use Messenger, you have to pay the “standard rate” – in the UK, standard rate sms cost 12p on ee, and on Vodafone it is 14p!  That’s pretty dear really, especially if you need to send multiple messages – and if you are having a conversation with someone you’ll be sending a whole bunch of sms to each other.

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We all use text messages these days. For better or worse…

Which is where I come in.  To tell you how to send free text messages, from anywhere to anywhere. This is supposing that you have internet access, but of course I always assume that as you are reading this (which would be rather difficult if you didn’t have online access).  And I use a lot of posts on this blog to give you advice and examples on stuff you can do on the internet.

So to send free text messages from just about anywhere to just about anywhere, go to the website www.afreesms.com.  As I mostly send messages to people here in the UK, I use the dedicated UK service at www.afreesms.com/intl/united-kingdom as that saves having to select the country every time I want to send a message.  But for this, I’ll use the international service for examples.

Here’s what you see when you go to www.afreesms.com/freesms/:

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To start, you need to choose the country where the person is that you’re sending the message to.  You do this by clicking on the Country field at the top – this will give you a drop-down menu with nearly all the countries in the world on it.  Then in the Mobile Number field you type in the recipient’s mobile phone number.  You see that there is a + symbol at the start: this means the number is in International format so you type the number without the leading zero; let’s imagine my number is 07890123456, so to send me a message you’ll put in my number like 7890123456.

Now we get the Message field which is, surprise surprise, where you type your message.  Remember, this is sms, so your message must fit in the 160 character limit (but don’t worry if that’s not enough, you can send more messages).

Now we come to the Sender ID field.  Here they want you to put your mobile number, in international format.  If I was sending a message to someone, I would plug in my country code – UK, which is +44 – and my number without the leading zero, so it would be +447890123456.  I’m not sure why they want this info, maybe it’s about international sanctions; on the UK page, where people only send messages from the UK to the UK, they don’t ask for this.  But if you’re sending sms abroad you have to do it.

Next it’s the Verification Code.  The display shows a 6-digit number, which you have to copy into the box.  And there’s a refresh image which you might have to click on if you’ve taken a long time to type everything and the link has expired.

And finally, all done, you click the Send button at the very bottom of the page.

You should remember that sometimes the Verification Code or Send button is covered by an advert box.  Just click the X to kill the ad, and you can get to the fields you need.

In the FAQ they claim they have a 99% Success Delivery Rate, and if a message doesn’t get through it is because of the following:

  • Invalid mobile number.
  • The mobile phone that you are trying to reach has been switch off or is out of coverage.
  • Carrier-to-carrier error or network congestions.
  • If the status is Delivered and you do not receive this means either your country is blocking our numbers or there is no carrier-to-carrier SMS agreement in place.

In my experience, some messages just get lost somewhere along the way.  So I tend to send my messages twice, and one of them will get through.  This isn’t a problem for me as the service is free.

There is also an anti-spam policy (like just about every online messaging service, from email to Messenger).  And a fair use policy.  Other than that, you can send as many texts as you want, from just about any country to just about any country.  Here’s the list from their website (also links to the relevant page):

中国 (China) 台灣 (Taiwan) 日本国 (Japan) 澳門 (Macau) 香港 (Hong Kong)
대한민국 (South Korea) Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria

 

American Samoa Andorra Angola Anguilla Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria
Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados
Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda
Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Brazil
British Indian Ocean Territory British Virgin Islands Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso
Burundi Côte D’Ivoire Cambodia Cameroon Canada
Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile
Christmas Island Cocos Keeling Islands Colombia Comoros Congo
Congo-Kinshasa Cook Islands Costa Rica Croatia Cuba

 

Curacao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti
Dominica Dominican Republic East Timor Ecuador Egypt
El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia
Falkland Islands Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France
French Guiana French Polynesia Gabon Gambia Georgia
Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland
Grenada Guadeloupe Guam Guatemala Guernsey
Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Honduras

 

Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran
Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy

 

Jamaica Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya
Kiribati Korea, North Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos
Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libya
Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macedonia Madagascar
Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta
Mariana Islands Marshall Islands Martinique Mauritania Mauritius
Mayotte Island Mexico Micronesia Moldova Monaco
Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique
Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands
New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria

 

Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan
Palau Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay
Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Puerto Rico
Qatar Reunion Island Romania Russia Rwanda
Saint Helena Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal
Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten / Saint Martin
Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa

 

South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname
Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syria Tajikistan
Tanzania Thailand Togo Tokelau Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands
Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom
United States Uruguay US Virgin Islands Uzbekistan Vanuatu
Venezuela Vietnam Wallis and Futuna Islands Yemen Zambia
Zimbabwe

Iran is on the list.  North Korea, as “Korea, North” is also there, but South Korea isn’t.  I can’t see what other countries are missing – if any more are missing – if you notice any, please let us all know in Comments.

All in all a good service.  Make the most of it before it goes away.

 


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