Would You Trade Your Privacy For Free Calls?
from the hope-not dept
We've been arguing for a while that cheap phone calls aren't what should make VoIP compelling. Rather, providers should focus on more compelling applications and offerings (or, better yet, opening up and letting others develop those apps to make their service more valuable). However, as the race to ever cheaper calls continues, one new firm is offering up a VoIP service that seems to be pretty questionable. The system basically works like the early Dialpad offering from many years ago. You go to a website, and can punch in your phone number and the phone number of someone you want to call, and the system will call both of you and connect you. It's also free for up to five minutes. Nothing particularly new or interesting there. Then comes the fine print which (of course) no one reads. Turns out that as you're agreeing to use the system, you're also opening up your computer to them and granting permission for them to spy on everything you do. While it's likely this may just be the result of a typically over-reaching lawyer writing up a ridiculous terms of service, it still reflects poorly on the offering.