Vivox’s mission is delivering voice communications to Massive Multi-player Online Gaming. In these days, they are giving away one million free phone minutes and conference-call enabling “microphones” to SL players. This should enable SL users to call for free real (i.e., cell and land-line) phones. You should also be able to do five-way conference calls with other residents.
There are some issues, though:
Gamasutra reports this is going to work with North America only (official confirm here);
They choose to launch their product on October, Wednesday 4, 9-12 AM, when unfortunately Second Life was (is) down for update;
The Vivox phone launch is going to start in a few hours, but their main location is hardly reachable because of banned parcels all around it (update: they set up another place);
No Vivox client for you Mac and Linux users (one would think that multi-platform is a important issue if you’re making communication tools), however they say there could be an open-source client…soon or later;
At the moment, no way to register in their forums for me (I get this error: “Ran into problems sending Mail. Response: 550 5.7.1 … Relaying denied”).