On Wednesday Jangl announced a new service called “Call Anyone” that allows you to get a phone number for someone just by entering their email address. With â€œCall Anyoneâ€ you enter someoneâ€™s email address on Janglâ€™s homepage www.jangl.com. You are then given a local phone number to call them (even if they’re long distance, you get a number local to you). During the first call, you leave a voicemail, which Jangl then delivers via email. Once they receive that message, the person gets instructions to get a number â€“ local to them â€“ to call you back. This service still keeps your personal number safe, enables text messaging via SMS and the easy exchange of voicemails, too.
The service is free but the calls are placed and received on “real” phones so you pay the appropriate carrier or mobile airtime fees.
I tried it and it seems to work just fine. The email that Jangl sends to notify the person you’re calling looks a bit suspicious so I suggest customizing the subject and text of the message (you can do this in the first screen before sending). Embedded in the email is a link to listen to the message. Once the person listens to the message, they can click another link to get the private number for calling you back.
I also noticed that Jangl updated their look and feel and it works much better for me. The control panel doesn’t seem as confusing as it was before. I have a problem displaying the Flash widgets however. They don’t appear in the preview area.