Jaxtr Launches Public Beta

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Jaxtr Launches Public Beta

Jaxtr tomorrow will launch the public beta (previously a private beta) of their service that brings voice to social networks and blogs. You can now sign up to receive a free jaxtr account that links your mobile or landline phones with your online blog or social networking website. You simply add their jaxtr widget to your online profile or blog, which allows users to hear from callers worldwide while keeping their existing phone numbers private. Jaxtr currently works with many popular social networks and communities, including MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn, Friendster, Flickr, YouTube, Wikipedia, Craigslist, eBay, LiveJournal, and Blogger. Jaxtr does not charge users for unlimited outbound international calls from their mobile phone and also provides users with unlimited voice mails.

With the launch of the public beta, jaxtr is introducing a host of new features, including:
· VoiceBlast: lets users record their own voice to greet and update people who visit their profile or blog
· Voice and Text Messages: allows callers to send voice or text messages in addition to making phone calls
· Blog Widget: bloggers now have a widget specifically designed for adding into the sidebars of blogs
· Worldwide Support: jaxtr users can now receive calls from people in over 200 countries
· Local Numbers: adds thousands of direct-dial numbers in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia

Jaxtr‘s PrivacyShield enables users to control on a caller-by-caller basis whether someone can ring their phone, leave a voice mail or gets blocked even from leaving voice messages. They can also decide whether their home, work or mobile phone should ring when an approved person calls them. Jaxtr users also get access to visual voicemail, a Web-based application that enables them to review and manage voice messages just as with Web-based email accounts.

Callers can reach a jaxtr user without having a jaxtr account of their own. Once the first call is initiated, jaxtr provides the caller with a unique and permanent number, which they can use to call the same person in the future, even when neither person is online or even near their computer. Because the new number is typically local for the caller, he or she will be able to reach that jaxtr user without incurring long distance charges on both domestic and international calls – even when calling from a mobile phone. This toll-saving feature was so popular in the private beta that many users shared their jaxtr link with family and friends via email, so that they could call them from their mobile phone without paying expensive international mobile rates.

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