Very few people know you can use Bitcoin to make phone calls from anywhere in the world to any other phone number worldwide. And the best part is that, compared to traditional telephone rates, these online services are usually cheaper. Speaking of creating Bitcoin use cases, BitcoinDial might be on the right track with this project.
BitcoinDial – Bitcoin For Phone Calls
BitcoinDial is a project from the people who run CoinKite, a Bitcoin payment processing platform that also provides in-store point-of-sale terminals for digital currency payments. In fact, this entire project shows off how developers can use the company’s BitKit API to create applications with a real life use.
Do keep in mind that the voice and telephone features provided are not part of the BitKit API, as they are being offered by Twillo. For those readers who have never heard of this service, Twillo offers a ton of interesting tools and features, ranging from voice and SMS to IP Messaging, Global Conferencing, and even a real-time video infrastructure.
Combining the powerful tools provided by Twillo and using the BitKit API, BitcoinDial, should be viewed as a complete and working service. According to a statement on the website, you can look at BitcoinDial like a “pay phone which accepts Bitcoin rather than quarters”, which seems to be an aptly chosen comparison.
How It Works
Using the BitcoinDial service is as simple and easy as it could be. Enter the phone number you would like to call – including the correct country code – and check the appropriate estimated call duration. Your phone calls can last anywhere from 5 minutes up to 2 hours, making this a pretty nifty platform for anyone in the world.
As an additional option, you can even select to record the entire phone call, which will then be converted to an MP3 file after the call has ended. As soon as you press the “Call” button, you will be presented with an invoice displaying the correct amount in Bitcoin. Said invoice can be paid from your Coinkite account or any other Bitcoin wallet service.
Once the payment has been broadcasted to the network – regardless of the number of confirmations – BitcoinDial will connect your call. Do keep in mind you are using a web browser to make a phone call to an actual phone. As soon as your call duration minutes have been reached, you can hang up. Or if you have additional minutes left, you can call other people until they are all used up.
Phone calls made through BitcoinDial originate from the phone number +1 (626) 340-2001. That being said, the platform offers you a way to hide your phone number when calling. Do keep in mind this masking is permanent and can not be undone. Blocking your phone number can be by either texting the aforementioned US phone number or filling in this form on the BitcoinDial website.
It is also important to note that, once money has been sent to the BitcoinDial wallet address, there will be no refunds given. Furthermore, any unused minutes left on your account can not be transferred to another user. Last but not least, abusive calls are utterly prohibited and can lead to the termination of your BitcoinDial access.
Images courtesy of CoinKite and BitcoinDial