Free international phonecalls are promised to registered users of a California-based portal Web site, bigredwire.com.
Already 100,000 people are registered users of the service in Australia and Hong Kong, but bigredwire.com says its service won't arrive in New Zealand until early 2001.
Registration is free and allows up to $NZ300 worth of calls each month through specially-created long distance accounts.
Bigredwire.com says it can fund the free calls paid out of advertising revenue and e-commerce sales commission from the Web site. The site contains entertainment, news and other features.