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Google is rumored to have bought Gizmo5, provider of a SIP-based service, for an undisclosed amount of money, according to a report on TechCrunch. If true, the deal would add another arrow to Google’s quiver as it takes on incumbents Microsoft and Cisco Systems in the […]

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Gizmo5 founder Michael Robertson

Google is rumored to have bought Gizmo5, provider of a SIP-based service, for an undisclosed amount of money, according to a report on TechCrunch. If true, the deal would add another arrow to Google’s quiver as it takes on incumbents Microsoft and Cisco Systems in the hotly contested collaboration market. While it does have Google Voice, the search engine giant lacks a truly enterprise-quality VoIP offering.

Given that most of Google’s customers are also likely Skype users (aka web workers), it makes perfect sense for it to buy Gizmo5. The San Diego-based company recently developed OpenSky, a gateway that allows you to call Skype from any VoIP-based phone/application. As founder Michael Robertson told us at the time:

What we’ve done is create a SIP alias for every Skype user. So if you want to call a Skype user named echo123 you simply dial echo123@opensky.gizmo5.com from any SIP-aware device (which is just about every piece of VOIP equipment). Users can even have any SIP call forwarded to their Skype address using my.gizmo5.com.

This application could come in handy for Google to capture some of the Skype magic as it tries to expand into the enterprise and increase its collaboration offerings. Gizmo5 could also help Google extend its reach on mobiles and bring much-needed expertise for soft clients for voice calls.

Gizmo5 says it has 6 million users; that number is unverified. If the deal is indeed true, Robertson, who been desperately looking for an encore since his first company, MP3.com, must be thrilled. Gizmo5 has raised closed to $20 million, a majority of it coming from Robertson.

P.S.: I want to apologize to readers for writing the original post outlining that Skype had bought Gizmo5. I guess the rumors of Skype buying Gizmo5 were still swirling in my head.

  1. Awesome – Google Voice number portability imminent!

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  2. Question is… the backbone of Gizmo Project is still the SIPphone backbone — which is very clearly a telecom project that’s been skirting the telecom regs for a while now. Will this hamper Google’s latest cause in trying to get the FCC to consider them NOT a telco (the whole AT&T kerfuffle)?

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  3. [...] de buscas na concorrência com o Skype, um colunista do GigaOM sugere que ela também poderá usar tecnologias de acesso ao Skype desenvolvidas pela Gizmo5, para explorar soluções mais ousadas de VoIP para empresas. Como o [...]

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  4. It would make sense AND explain why “Gizmo” started showing up on Google Voice as an option for connecting or forwarding a phone (e.g. mobile, home, Gizmo).

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  5. would google really keep opensky alive. i is after all a hack/workaround that clearly involves violating skype TOS on handing over credential to third parties. i certainly would expect google to kill the workaround/hacks as soon as they take control. if google really believed in that sort of thing gmail would be able to act as a client for hotmail and yahoo mail.

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    1. Gizmo5 Opensky is dead. It doesn’t appear on their website and in my account anymore.

      And, of course, your Gmail really can act as Yahoo Mail. Just forward your Yahoo emails to Gmail, then use your Yahoo email address as sender and put the Yahoo SMTP server in your Gmail settings. Gmail then works like Outlook or every other email program for Yahoo Mail. Nobody knows that your messages come from Gmail.

      That’s quite similar to Opensky.

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      1. but yahoo in USA does not offer email forwarding without a paid premium subscirption.

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      2. How’s that?

        I have a free account and all of my emails get forwarded to another email address. You find that in Options. Also Gmail can empty your Yahoo regularly with POP3.

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      3. actually in most countries yahoo allow POP3 access and forwarding but not for users in USA. here you must subscribe to yahoo plus.

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      4. Poor Americans!

        At least the point ist made: Gmail is able to act as a client for Hotmail and Yahoo Mail.

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  7. Simply Googles next step in a VoiceIP Central Office, or a Mr Carr says “The Big Switch”

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    1. Jim

      Can you clarify what you mean by this? Thanks

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