Net phone operator StanaPhone Communications no longer offers free phone calls between computers running its software, and any home, office or mobile phone. It used to offer 100 minutes, replenished automatically every 30 days.
StanaPhone was trying to recycle a strategy from the 1990s, when Yahoo, America Online and Microsoft's MSN introduced Net phone calling through their instant-messaging applications. At first, the scheme prompted millions of minutes of calls, but when IM makers started charging for PC-to-phone service a few months later, traffic plunged.
When it started the offer if June, a StanaPhone representative acknowledged the roll of the … Read more