An internet telephone. As simple as an instant messenger. Gizmo Project uses your internet connection (broadband or dial-up) to make calls to other computers. With the click of a mouse, you’re connected to friends, family, and colleagues anywhere on earth. It’s just that simple. You talk clearly. For as long as you want. For free. And with inexpensive add-ons like CallIn and CallOut, you can talk to any telephone–mobile or landline–on the planet. Any phone? Yes. Download Gizmo Project, and suddenly it all clicks–some calls are better online.
Gizmo Project is the name of a peer-to-peer VoIP network and of a proprietary freeware soft phone for that network. Gizmo Project was founded by Michael Robertson. Unlike its competitor network Skype, the Gizmo Project network uses open standards for call management, the Session Initiation Protocol and Jabber. But it uses several proprietary codecs, and like Skype, the Gizmo Project client is proprietary/closed source software. The Gizmo Project is run by the company SIPphone.
Since the Gizmo Project is based on the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), it can interoperate with other SIP-based networks directly, although some data will always be routed via central SIPphone-servers, making it less than ideal in these settings from a privacy and security perspective. This avoids the phone system and is thus free of charge. Gizmo also will use encryption (SRTP) for Gizmo to Gizmo calls and works well with Phil Zimmermann's new Zfone secure add on.
The Gizmo Project software also has features that Skype lacks (or offers at an additional fee), such as interoperability with other systems/services via the SIP standard, built-in recording, and free voicemail. Gizmo also allows paid members of LiveJournal to make 'voiceposts' if they are unable to use the voicepost telephone lines provided by the website.
Unlike many of its competitors, Gizmo supports outbound caller ID in the United States, where people commonly reject incoming calls from unknown numbers. Skype and most other VoIP services seem to lack this feature.
Gizmo 4.0 offers video calling. Gizmo5 offers gizmo on a smartphone platform.
- Free Gizmo to Gizmo calls - Call anyone with a Gizmo Project for free.
- Calling landlines and mobile phones - Gizmo to Landlines and Cellphones. With Call Out, you can call any landline or mobile phone with super cheap Call Out Credits. Super cheap? How does 1.9 cents a minute sound? Enter any number into Gizmo Project and dial away. It rings like a normal phone, sounds like a normal phone, it only costs less. You only pay for the call you make. There are no monthly fees, no connection fees, and all billing is per minute. Simple, inexpensive, great quality.
- Receiving calls from mobile phones and landlines - Cellphones and Landlines to Gizmo
Want to receive calls from mobile phones and landlines? With Gizmo Call In, for as little as $35/year (roughly $3/mo), you can have a phone number in over 50 cities in the US and UK. And, your Call In number goes with you wherever you may roam. So the folks who call you are charged as if they’re calling you at home. Easy for you. Convenient and cheap for them.
- Area775 - Free U.S. based telephone number:
An Area775 number is a lot like a Call In number. It allows you to receive calls from regular landlines and mobiles, but it also has the following extra features:
* Dual Ring
* Call Transfer
* Call Screening
* and much more...
1. Sound effects - Add Sound Effects to your calls. Open the Dialpad at the bottom of Gizmo Project window and press the emoticon button during a call. You can choose other sounds (or upload your own) from the options menu.
2. Check call quality - Click for the Call Quality Assitant to see bandwidth quality.
3. Pick online status. Green: Available, Red: Away/Do not disturb, Orange: Idle, Blue: On the phone, Grey: Invisible/Offline
4. Online status. Gives the current status of all your contacts.
5. Click Map It to view map of call locations. Get a detailed map of the location of each call.
6. Instant Messaging (IM) - Chat instantly with your contacts.
7. Person being called receives call subject. Let them know immediately the purpose of your call.
8. You can record any call on your Gizmo Project phone with the click of a button. The call record button is in the active call window, next to the mute and hold buttons.
9. Type in Gizmo name or number here to make a call. Gizmo to Gizmo call always free. You can also call any traditional phone using Call Out.
10. NewShare files with family and friends by clicking on the Send File button in the IM window. You can also send a file by selecting Send File under the Contacts menu.
11. NewCreate a group chat and talk with all of your friends at once. To create or join a group chat select Join Group Chat under the Contacts menu.
12. NewYou're avatar is the picture that you show to the world. Click on Change in the Profile window, then browse your folders to find the picture you would like to use as your avatar.
* NewMulti-Network Chats. Chat with Yahoo, MSN and AOL (AIM) buddies directly from Gizmo Project. You can now add your Yahoo, MSN, and AOL buddies to Gizmo Project with a few easy steps.
* NewMeta-Voice. Meta-voice capabilities of Gizmo Project 3.0 allow users to call four of the most popular Voice and IM networks with one client for the first time. All calls to Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live, Google Talk, and Gizmo Project users are free.
* Custom Avatars. Customize your avatar by picking a personalized graphic. Your avatar is the picture used to represent yourself in Gizmo Project.
* Gizmo users can now exchange files! Gizmo Project now supports file transfers via the Jabber protocol. This means users can now exchange files with anyone using a jabber client!
* Chat History. Chat history allows you to save all your past IM conversations. In the Chat History window you can click on a contacts name and see all your previous chats with that person listed by date. IM chats often contain important information and now it's easily accessible.
* Chat with several users at once! Gizmo Project now allows you to create and join group chats, this way you can participate in several conversations at the same time.
* Customize Voicemail Messages. Record your own outgoing voicemail messages. (So when people call you, and you don't answer, they will hear your voice, instead of a generic message)
* Instant Messaging (IM). Click on the IM icon next to your contacts name and you can instantly text message other Gizmo Project users.
* Free Mobile phone and Landline Conference Calling. The Gizmo Project network provides a free conference calling system. Using FreeConferenceCallTM you can conduct a conference call between mobile phones, landlines, and Gizmo Project users.
* Asterisk PBX Support. Starting with Gizmo Project 2.0 for Mac and Windows you can now log into your office PBX (like the popular Asterisk PBX software) and the Gizmo Project network at the same time. This lets you be universally reachable and seamlessly receive calls from your office while anywhere in the world!
* SIP Number. Your Gizmo Project account has two important identifiers. The first is your Gizmo name. The second is the SIP number, which is automatically assigned to your account. With this number, VoIP networks can reach your Gizmo account free.
* Access Numbers. Access Numbers are a gateway to make calls to your Gizmo from the old phone system. With a simple, two-step dialing procedure, anyone on any phone can give your Gizmo a ring.
* Calling Other VoIP Networks. You can make calls to and receive calls from VoIP networks all over the world, including Asterisk-based networks. Even some universities have begun connecting their campus networks.
* Call Recording. Your Gizmo software has call recording functionality built in. At the top of the call drawer, you’ll see three buttons which allow you to mute, hold or record a call. Learn more about this powerful feature, and some important restrictions you need to know.
* SIP Adapters. Super simple software not enough? If you are interested in making and receiving Gizmo calls with a regular telephone (even if your computer is turned off), you can, and it’s cheaper than you might think.
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