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JUST RELEASED: How do you make Gizmo Project better? Add free calling to other IM clients to the service. And that’s exactly what SIPphone, the company behind Gizmo Project, has done with the just-out-of-oven Gizmo Project 3.0 soft client. You can now make free calls to […]

JUST RELEASED: How do you make Gizmo Project better? Add free calling to other IM clients to the service. And that’s exactly what SIPphone, the company behind Gizmo Project, has done with the just-out-of-oven Gizmo Project 3.0 soft client. You can now make free calls to people that use Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live IM networks, in addition to those who are using Jabber, Google Talk and Gizmo Project. (Where is AIM, damn it?)

The company claims that it is the first VoIP software client to tie multiple popular VoIP networks. Gizmo Project 3.0 include real-time file sharing which users to exchange files with other Gizmo Project 3.0 users, or send files directly to any major Jabber client.

To make a call, users simply type the username or ID of the person they want to call plus the network domain, for example, username@yahoo.com or username@hotmail.com. Gizmo Project 3.0 users can also call international Yahoo Messenger users for free in France, Spain, and many other countries, for example username@yahoo.fr or username@yahoo.es.

The tiny little company, despite its size, is really pushing the envelope in terms of features and functionality. Gizmo’s tackt is federating voice, and interoperating with as many other VoIP services as possible. They do get overzealous in their desire to get their message out, but then that’s part-and-parcel of being a lil’start-up.

Nevertheless, I am a little bummed that the Mac and Linux versions aren’t going to be released for a few weeks, but Windows users can download the software today, and start calling. Oh, please let me know how this works out. You know – no Mac version and all.

  1. Obviously the company claims are wrong since they are not the fist one to do it, which you better know about ;)

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  2. :-) hence “claims”

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  3. [...] out. Gizmo Project hits the version 3.0. The new version adds support to the “Big 4 IM” minus one (Yahoo Messenger, Windows [...]

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  4. love the idea… They need a mac and Nokia update.

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  5. [...] a spin Gizmo Project announced today an new update to their popular softphone. Read reviews by Om Malik, Luca, and Tom Keating. The biggest addition is the ability to now call Windows Live and Yahoo [...]

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  6. Gizmo is super-interesting but I don’t get where it is going. Is it conceivable that it select a usable name and start acting like a company?

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  7. Interesting stuff. I wish Gizmo well.

    Incidentally:
    “Gizmo’s tact is federating…”

    I think this is intended to be tack

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  8. John Bäckstrand Tuesday, February 27, 2007

    gtalk2voip has been around for some time, and they do cross-network-voip for free. So if Gizmo just started with this they were clearly not first.

    Btw is their client still locked in to their proxy-servers or whatever?

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  9. Oh yes!

    This sounds very hot to me. I have been waiting for something like this.

    I use Gizmo on my analog telephony adapter (ATA) to let my Peruvian friends call me for free on my normal German telephone, while my computer is switched of. Until now they have to install the Gizmo soft phone to call me this way. But maybe this is not necessary anymore?

    I will check out now if I can also receive calls of MSN messenger users on my phone. Should be possible, or not?

    This would really be my personal killer application! Nearly all Peruvians I know use the MSN messenger. But they don’t know about Gizmo or VoIP.

    Let’s see if the Gizmo-IM-integration works also this way!

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  10. Well, and if the Gizmo-IM-integration does not work this way, the Peruvians can always call me for free at http://www.gizmocall.com. When they call me from this website to my Gizmo Project ID this call is free and unlimited. YEAH! I think I like this company.

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