Free calls from your phone. Skype better take notice of Talkster. The service, which allows you to make or receive free calls from anywhere in the world, is set to steal a little of Skype's thunder. That is, if you can figure out how to use it.
The instructions are a bit complicated, in fact we had to try it out for ourselves in order to explain it here. First you need to get to the talkster webpage, either via your computer, phone's wifi, or alternatively, you can send a sms. Fill in your name and phone number, as well as the contact information of who you want to call (up to five people at once.) Then you call the local number it provides, it connects you to your friend for 10 seconds so that you can explain that they need to call, and places you on hold while they call their local number. After you are connected, you both have to listen to an ad, and then you're dumped into your phone call without any warning.
All in all, it's pretty cool and we think we may use it to call some friends overseas. Once you've tried it out the first time and gotten the hang of it, we think you'll use it too.