Yesterday was Ma Brockie’s birthday, but I was traveling to Kansas for the Interhab Conference.  This posed a little problem.  How to call and say happy birthday without incurring outrageous cell phone charges.

The answer is a curious thing called Future Phone.  You call a number in Iowa and from there can redirect a free phone call to most of the world.  It worked wonderfully and I spent half an hour in Detroit chatting away with Mum in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Exactly what Future Phone is up to and how they plan to make money is open to discussion, see what David Pogue had to say in his New York Times blog.  The deal for me is it works!

Happy Birthday Mum!

:: Justin ::