To contribute to the Japan Tsunami relief effort, ChatTime has announced that it is temporally making all calls to Japan free until the end of March. Both AT&T and Verizon have announced that they are also allowing free calls to the country, but ChatTime is an app that can be used not only by people in the U.S. but people in countries all over the world.
For those unfamiliar with the app, ChatTime is a third-party calling app for the iPhone that allows you to call international numbers at a considerably cheaper rate. Rather than using VoIP, the app uses carrier networks, providing connection quality on par with your own carrier.
“[Our app] does this by making a local call instead of an international one, and then passing it through a private high speed network to the country of origin, where it makes another local call,” the company told 148Apps in an e-mail. “In countries that incoming calls are free, the outbound call can be converted to an incoming one in order to prevent minute usage.”
It’s definitely nice to see more people reaching out to help Japan right now.