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Another day, another VoIP client! The Internets are starting to buzz about a new VoIP peer-to-peer client of ambiguous origins called Barablu. They want to take down Skype. Yup, just like Napster wants to shank iTunes and iPod. The client, leaves me cold for many reasons, […]

Another day, another VoIP client!

The Internets are starting to buzz about a new VoIP peer-to-peer client of ambiguous origins called Barablu. They want to take down Skype. Yup, just like Napster wants to shank iTunes and iPod. The client, leaves me cold for many reasons, the biggest being I cannot be sure about the company behind this product. They can do PC-to-PC calling! Yawn! And then there are their lofty claims. IP phone to Mobile phone calling for free? Actually, that’s no different from what Skype does right now. The who claim of free mobile-to-mobile calls.

Barablu will be launching free calls from mobile to mobile (Wi-Fi enabled) by using VoIP technology over Wireless LAN, making it the world’s first company to do so. It also offers free calls from broadband phones and PCs along with instant messaging between mobiles and PCs.

What a load of #*^!. What they really mean to say that you can make free phone calls from Barablu on one WiFi enabled mobile phone to another mobile phone that also uses has a Barablu client installed on that. Since Skype can already do this, this cannot be seen as a gee-whiz feature. The only marginal advantage I see right now is that they have a client that works on Nokia 9500 Communicator. And if this is a SIP based client, which is hard to say at least from their website, then it is something notable. Otherwise, lets move on….

  1. agreed. in my ever-so-inconsequential book, anything that attempts to do real-time communications without SIP is utterly irrelevant. Here’s to hoping they do use SIP.

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  2. It looks like this service is based on SIP. After all they list various equipments that are compatible to their service ( http://www.barablu.com/Productsbtequipments.htm ). What with Linksys PAP2 and Grandstream IP phones, I am pretty sure it is SIP based; it is a mystery why they do not paste it all over their site. They may try to take Skype down, but in my mind it is a Vonage-clone.

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  3. Their S80 client is for IM only, no voice, no SIP:

    http://80.74.225.119/forums/showpost.php?p=50&postcount=5

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  4. The company behind is http://www.vectone.com/main.htm

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  5. Check out VoipStunt (http://www.voipstunt.com). They offer free PC-to-phone calls to many parts of the world. Its nice and it works.

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  6. As well as not being the first to offer mobile-to-mobile “free” calls I suspect the number of calls that can actually take advantage of this kind of service will be minimal for a long time to come.
    This is what is required to make a free mobile-to-mobile call;
    1) Caller needs a compatible Wi-Fi enabled phone
    2) Caller needs to have downloaded the compatible Barablu (or other) software
    3) Caller needs to be in a free Wi-Fi zone that has the right kind of contention ratio
    4) Callee needs to have a Wi-Fi enabled phone
    5) Callee needs the software and have registered
    6) Callee needs to be in a Wi-Fi zone when call is made
    Mass market? Not for sometime unfortunately.

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  7. inscrutable chicken Tuesday, February 28, 2006

    Yawn is right. 39 active members on the forum – not exactly viral is it.

    The nail in the coffin is the brochure that a colleague handed me from 3GSM. Considering how excited he got the previous year about the Gizmondo I think it is safe to say that this one is going nowhere.

    ps James Enck is cool.

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  8. I just don’t know why my comment has been removed
    This is a forum and I think anybody can express their point of view but seems that you just want everybody to read and agree to your comments and you don’t accept any critics. Good for you! You will see your number of readers going down very soon!

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  9. I agree with John. I don’t understand why you remove comments which are not the same idea of yours ones.
    I’ve downloaded Barablu to use on my i-mate sp5 and it works perfectly so I can call from free from my work anyone and anywhere in the world who are on the barablu network, in this case I call some friends of mine abroad.

    I don’t want neither to change your mind nor people’s mind, I just want to give my point of view, that simple and as I told before I am very happy with the service barablu provides.

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  10. i tried that voipstunt but the problem is when i try to register like a new user they say that there is a problem on the server, anyone have a solution for that ?

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