Now there's nothing wrong with plugging yourself on HN, if you've created a useful or interesting service people are glad to pay attention to and, more importantly, discuss you. However misrepresentation is not something that I think I can endorse.
With all that said, I like the idea of vox.io . I think I'm going to stick to my unhappy combination of google voice and skype for now though. vox.io doesn't seem to provide me anything I don't already have except shady marketing techniques.
There are no hidden marketing techniques and I am not aware that Marvin85 is in any way connected to our team.
Today I learned about vox.io from multiple sources and saw the possibility of getting 0.15€ per referral. I did not yet see a link to vox.io on hacker news so I decided it was worth I try.
And with that I made 18€ in referrals. I am not ashamed of this, since I only exploited the given oportunity.
I am not involved with the vox.io team and any other user can get 0.15€ per referral.
If anybody wants to contact me.. I am also known as TomyMMX on other sites and places. With this info you can get my real name and everything.
I thought it would be nice to reply and thank a user that posted a link about us.
We have no affiliation with Marvin85 whatsoever.
I can promise you we would never set up something like this on HN - we respect this community and have been following it for a while. We also had planned to post a "Rate my startup" post when ready, but Marvin85 beat us to it.
Sorry about all the fuss - I hope you will try vox.io yourself.
Feedback is very welcome.
Also, more importantly, making calls fails (trying to call my home number in NL) without any message about what went wrong.
A question, though -- At €.12/minute for me in the US to call someone in London, that's nearly 6x the cost of a Skype call. Are there any chances of these rates going down? It's still deadly cheap, to be sure, but price will be a factor.
Some providers charge you a connection fee. With vox.io you don't have to pay a connection fee or any other hidden cost.
I can't really comment on prices going down at this moment, but we will do everything we can to bring them as low as possible.
man, I'm ahead of myself this morning.
And I also don't mind supporting a group of my countrymen in their attempt at reaching for the stars.
We will try to do our best in terms of pricing, but I can't promise anything at this stage.
edit: Noticed the (pretty small) link to http://www.vox.io/pricing, but still no way to look up rates quickly (without typing in a specific number for each rate lookup).
On a side note, what's the HN policy on a submission with a referral link in the URL?
Also, I find it strange that people are more willing to trust the phone number than the list of contacts (which you can delete, anyway). Unless you store some credit card info in your contacts list, I guess :)
An option to sign up with no social account is also planned for a future release.