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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Net Phone Savings, Without PC

GENEVA -- A U.S. telephone operator has unveiled the world's first direct-dial international phone service using the Internet computer network.

USA Global Link, a leading "call back" operator, says their new service will reduce the cost of international calls by as much as 80 percent.

"No one has ever been able to provide a telephone to telephone service over the Internet so far without running up against very poor quality," Larry Chroman, president of Global Link, said last Monday.

"We are providing the quality of [a traditional international call]: no scratches, no hisses, no long delays."

The system works by linking up a caller on his home phone to a local Internet provider who will then send the call via the Internet in seconds to another provider close to the recipient, wherever they may be in the world. The call will then be converted back to the local phone system for the final link to the recipient's home.

In this way the phone call dodges the so-called international accounting-rate system, a pricing mechanism whereby countries charge huge costs for connecting calls from overseas customers to customers in their countries.

The accounting rates system bears no relation to the actual price of the call and has kept the cost of international phone calls artificially high.

The company will avoid the delays and clogging the Internet is renowned for by providing their own network of backup capability where calls can be routed at busy times, it said.

To dial into the new service, to be known as the Global Internetwork, the caller would dial first an access number to the Internet provider and then dial again the normal telephone number. Connection would take about as long as a regular phone call, the company said.

It doesn't not matter if neither the caller nor the recipient has a computer and will not require subscription to the Internet provider, it added.