Skype-like Gizmo launched

Michael Robertson created SipPhone, MP3.com and Linspire. Now he’s at it again by launching Project Gizmo, a new Skype-like VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) client.

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By  Chris Fernando Published  July 6, 2005

Michael Robertson created SipPhone, MP3.com and Linspire. Now he’s at it again by launching Project Gizmo, a new Skype-like VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) client. Project Gizmo works on both PC and Mac, and offers everything Skype does, such as PC-to-PC and PC-to-phone calls, call recording, and call holding with music, and voicemail. Project Gizmo client uses an internet connection (broadband or dial-up) to make calls to other computers. Though the PC-to-PC calls are offered free, other services such as PC-to-phone calls are charged through an add-on called CallOut. The Gizmo CallOut service allows users to initiate calls to landlines and mobile phones from US 1.8 cents per minute using CallOut credits, which can be purchased from www.sipphone.com. When users install the Gizmo software and register for the service, they are supplied with two identifiers - a Gizmo name and an SIP number. Using the SIP number, VoIP networks can reach Gizmo accounts without any charge. Though PC-to-PC calls are allowed in the UAE, PC-to-phone calls are currently illegal since this involves paying cash to a non-Etisalat party. Since Project Gizmo uses SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) standards, users of the Gizmo VoIP client can dial into other VoIP networks used by their friends or families, without all having to switch to the same network provider. Project Gizmo VoIP client is freely available in beta versions for Mac OSX, Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 2000 platforms from www.gizmoproject.com. A Linux version is also in the pipeline and will be released in the next few months.

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