Today, Telefonica, the provider of the largest telecommunications network in Latin America is bringing their VoIP service, Voype, to Windows Live Messenger users in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, the United States, and Venezuela, according to Inside Windows Live Messenger blog. The integration of the service will be done in two phases. In the first phase, you’ll be able to make calls from your PC to any landline or mobile phone in the world. In phase two, you’ll actually be able to both send and receive calls on your PC.
The calls to and from Windows Live Messenger users will be free and calls to landlines and cell phones will be available for a fee. The rates are as follows: about a penny to China, 2¢ to the UK, 5¢ to Canada, or 10¢ to Mexico per minute when calling landlines.
To get started, just sign-up for an account here. Remember - you need a microphone & speakers or headset and broadband connection. You can buy credit in amounts of $5, $10 or $20.
Then to make a call, the process will vary depending on what version of Messenger you have. Here are the steps, courtesy of the WLM blog:
If you are using Windows Live Messenger 8.0, 8.1 or 8.5, click on the phone icon either in the main window or choose a contact and click on the phone icon. From the drop down menu, select ‘Call a phone’. Add a phone number, click on enter and start talking.
If you are already using the new Windows Live Messenger beta, there are a few of ways you can make a call. You can hover over a contact and if you have a phone associated with that contact, just click on ‘call work’, ‘call mobile’, etc. You can also open up a conversation window with that contact and click on the phone icon and enter their telephone number. For ad hoc calls, you can launch Windows Live Call from the start menu under All Programs > Windows Live Call beta, enter their telephone number and click Call.
This new service will be a direct competitor to Skype, a popular program for making phone calls via the internet.