[de]Freie globale Fernkommunikation
[en]Free global tele-communication
It' not for free. But it's almost for free. Say 20 cent per month extra. Your regular telephone bill will list all your calls (longdistance included) as local calls. You never pay for long distance calls anymore as you only call your loval server. The long distance between the local servers is for free. You tele-communicate for local prize without timelimit worldwide from your homephone or from your computer or from any public phone. All you pay in addition is the 20 cents per month. When mobile telephones shall be included, it would cost a bit more in the beginning. 40 cents. Or a dollar (but just until the eTerra comes off).
How could that be?
When you call someone long distance today on a regular phone it's pretty likely that the telephone company that later sends you a nice bill for the telphone conversation uses a techmology that is somehow similar to what skype uses. The cost-intensive part for the companies are the short distances from local servers to the local telephone on both ends of the connection, but not the long distance between the servers. They make you feel long distance is so more cost intensive as it is so much more expensive. But this is not true. Some people earn a bunch of money on this [PublicStupitdity? public studidity].
What is paid from the 40 cents per month?
A person in your city supplies the server. This could be the person's computer or an additional box that is used for the free telephone service only. In any case is it permanently connected to the internet by a broadband connection. It runs a free and open software that is still to be coded at the present moment.
The person has a regular local telephone connection line. In average it's used 3 minutes a day or 5 hours, whatever. The main part of the day it is not used at least. This is over now, as the software uses this local telephone line now whenever it its not in use by its owner (pretty likely the owner doesn't use it at all anymore as he can call whereever for free from his computer). So what is paid from the 40 cents?
People providing servers would have the following advantages:
You have a regular telephone but no computer. You contribute 40 cents per month to your local server(s) to make this work. You wanna call you buddy on the other side of the globe who has no computer either. You call a local number. This local call will be on your telephone bill later. The free software still to be coded connects you to the local comupter on the other side of the world for free. The local server on the other side of the world calls your buddy not owning a computer but just a regular telephone. This call is paid by the 40 cents (or what ever currency) people contribute to their local server in the hometown of your buddy on the other side of the globe. Simple innit?
Some tricky financial things are involved, not easy to handle. Ideally it should be like that:
You contribute as much as you want to the thing. The software dynamically tells you something like this (example): To maintain an satisfing functionallity of the system you should contribute 83 cent this month. If you contribute less than 33 cents it will collapse. You think this is cool and you contribute a dollar. Many other's in your town thinks so too. So there is more money than needed this month. The server-guy gets a third pizza granted by the software. But there is still more money. This money goes to a city where there is not enough money and the system is threatened to collaps.