Is there such a thing as a free iPod?

Written by Tara Renee Settembre

"You can't always get what you want," sing The Rolling Stones. But sometimes you can, and for free, even New York's most popular toy for adults and teens--the Apple iPod. Although via a marketing website you may not have to pay forrepparttar hot gadget monetarily, but people are still paying for them with their time and energy.

At, an online site, you can getrepparttar 133330 latest iPod Photo, colorful iPod Minis andrepparttar 133331 new iPod Shuffle without spendingrepparttar 133332 $250 it normally costs.

According torepparttar 133333 rules, you must complete an offer from one of their sponsors and then refer three or five friends, depending on which iPod you choose. The more expensive models, likerepparttar 133334 iPod Photo and 40G require you to refer five friends, but if it isrepparttar 133335 small $99 Shuffle that you want, you only have to refer three friends. Once each of your referrals completes an online subscription offer, you will supposedly be mailed a free iPod.

Is this a gimmick? Not according to Manhattan resident and Part-Time Media Assistant, Tony Yan, 21, who gaverepparttar 133336 pink iPod Mini that he received throughrepparttar 133337 program to a friend as a gift, since he already had an iPod of his own.

“I learned aboutrepparttar 133338 program quite some time ago but was one ofrepparttar 133339 skeptics out there that didn't believe it was true,” says Yan. “That is until one of my friends received his iPod and I saw it with my own two eyes and decided it was legit.”

The offers that you are required to complete in order to receiverepparttar 133340 mp3 player are fairly easy ones, like joining Blockbuster’s DVD membership, newspaper subscriptions and other online programs. You can cancelrepparttar 133341 program within 30 days, butrepparttar 133342 Blockbuster membership requires a credit card and could amount to a total of $10.49 for a month’s service. Thus, for only 10.49 you are a step closer to a free iPod.

Yan subscribed to for his offer and declares that it was easy for him to finishrepparttar 133343 program, “With only a bit of convincing, I was able to profit on a beautiful piece of electronic.” However, for other participants, getting friends to sign up can be difficult and take a little more finesse.

“I think it's rewarding -- but you do have to jump through a lot of hoops to get torepparttar 133344 end,” says 24-year-old, Kate Sundy,repparttar 133345 writer ofrepparttar 133346 popular award winning blog, Barefoot Principessa. Sundy joined three weeks ago and is still two offers away from completion.

The mention of free iPods has been spreading amongrepparttar 133347 blogging world like wildfire, with sites begging readers to join in lieu of regular news posts. Sundy, however, is doing more than just encouraging her visitors to sign up, she is bribing them. Onrepparttar 133348 top left corner of her blog she is offering to design three custom-made online banners to anyone who completes an offer through her site and she even says she will help pay for whichever subscription they choose to sign up with.

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

Written by Michael Lemm

Not everyone inrepparttar world has sufficient internet access capability to take advantage ofrepparttar 133329 benefits from VoIP. Shoot....most folks are lucky to have 1 phone line for that matter. This dose of reality kinda putsrepparttar 133330 dampers onrepparttar 133331 "VoIP will take overrepparttar 133332 world" conspiracy theory.

But hold on there Junior....the little guy may just have found a hero.

Mail2speak, a US-based company, is offering users cut-throat rates to place international calls. But wait until you learn how they do on.

For example......

* You can callrepparttar 133333 US and UK from South Africa for R1.35 a minute. Telkom charges between double and triplerepparttar 133334 price for these calls. Calls to Australia from SA are also about 50% cheaper.

* You can call anywhere inrepparttar 133335 United States and most of Europe from Malaysia for just 45 sen per minute compared to 98 sen per minute at present charged by a local company using land lines. For mobile phones,repparttar 133336 calls will be 68 sen per minute as opposed to 98 sen. A call to China costs 50 sen per minute on a fixed line compared to 1.98 RM by fixed line charged by a local company.

* You can call anywhere inrepparttar 133337 United States and much of Europe from Brazil for around 0.33 BRL.

* You can call Japan from Italy for 0.11 EUR......the US for 0.08 EUR.

* You can call India from UAE for 2.63 AED.......the UK for 1.74 AED.

Those are just a small sample of what is available.


What makesrepparttar 133338 service unique is that unlike other Internet telephony applications, mail2speak does not require a microphone, a software download or a dedicated broadband connection with special equipment. All that is required to userepparttar 133339 service is access torepparttar 133340 website and an open phone line or cellphone to receive a call. You can place an international call from any phone or mobile/PDA at super low rates.

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