Is there such a thing as a free iPod?

Written by Tara Renee Settembre

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“Hypothetically, yes, it would it be easier to buy an iPod,” admits Sundy. “But, if you're strapped for cash, as I am now, then this can still be worthrepparttar effort.”

Bernie Wilt, from Oregon is also using his blog, Bernie Online at to advertise his iPod referral link. This technique is encouraged by Gratis Network on their “tips on referring” page.

Wilt went an extra step though by writing an article on his blog, critiquingrepparttar 133330 service, but he adds thatrepparttar 133331 program is, “not too hard to do, but perhaps a little more for me because I am not aggressive or pushy.”

Wilt just finishedrepparttar 133332 free iPod process and will be getting his iPod soon so he can play his music while working out atrepparttar 133333 gym. He says.

The service is organized byrepparttar 133334 Gratis Network, an online marketing company, based in Washington DC, which claims to ship on average about 500 free iPods each week.

Their site has sparked similar webpages designed aroundrepparttar 133335 same premise, including,, and even There are also prizes geared to those less technology minded. Now you can earn credits towards a real Prada purse and other fashionable prizes at and

Gratis’s founders, Peter Martin and Rob Jewell, both 28, of course did not come up withrepparttar 133336 idea of giving away free gifts with purchase, but instead of a mousepad or coffee mug they give out a product that is part of a cultural phenomenon.

“I think it's an ingenious marketing program,” says Yan. “Now almost everyone inrepparttar 133337 city has one, and many of which, got it for free through”

Gratis pays forrepparttar 133338 different items by charging advertisers for banners and text links on their site. For each new customer lead, Gratis is paid an average of $40-60 from their sponsors. In 2004, Gratis was namedrepparttar 133339 95th fastest growing company in America by Inc.Magazine with estimated annual revenue of $4.9 million.

For Manhattan East Side resident and Graphic Designer, Russ Yusupov, 20, it only took him four days to earn a 20G iPod. Yusupov says thatrepparttar 133340 site may not be for everyone and that it could take others more time to finishrepparttar 133341 process.

“I would recommend this program to anyone who's willing to spend a bit of time filling out web forms, dealing with non-believers and suffering throughrepparttar 133342 long response time fromrepparttar 133343 team who runsrepparttar 133344 program.”

Tara is currently going for her masters degree in journalism at NYU and working in PR. She freelances articles for tri-state publications and writes a daily blog, When Tara Met Blog

VoIP Technology For The Little Guy....With Worldwide Origination

Written by Michael Lemm

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The process is simple. Just visit mail2speak and fill out a few registration details. After that enterrepparttar overseas number you wish to call and within seconds your phone will ring. The call will have been placed for you and you can talk to your loved ones....or business contacts.... at a ridiculously low rate.

The service is available to and from 280 countries aroundrepparttar 133329 world. Your relatives and business contacts overseas can also use this service to contact you and pay in their local currency.

If, as in many international homes with Internet connections, there is only one phone line available, Mail2speak will automatically call you again in one minute to give you time to endrepparttar 133330 Internet connection and receiverepparttar 133331 call. They do this because calls to cellphones cost more in some countries.

For business people who make frequent international calls, mail2speak is especially convenient because it allows you to storerepparttar 133332 numbers that are called and simply click on them to be connected automatically.

** In addition, if you do not need to have a two-way chat there is another great service that is offered.

You can use your telephone to leave a message for as many overseas friends as you want for just 63 cents a minute. This message will be e-mailed as an Internet sound file (voice email).

All in all....pretty cool solution forrepparttar 133333 average Joe aroundrepparttar 133334 globe. VoIP technology forrepparttar 133335 little guy. Gotta love it.

Michael is the owner of FreedomFire Communications and .......delivering choices to both residential and business consumers worldwide for voice and data broadband services. Michael also authors BroadBand Nation where you're always welcome to to drop in and catch up on the latest BroadBand news, tips, and ramblings for the masses.

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