What Soft Phones Are You Using?



  • I have used several softphones over the years but recently have discovered Linphone and am really thrilled with it. So far I have found it to be rock solid and I really like that it is available on nearly every platform. I am currently using in on Windows 8.1 and iOS 7 but it is open source and I know that it is available on Linux, Mac OSX, Android and Blackberry. Very versatile.

    http://www.linphone.org/

    It has a plugin system and does video calls as well. Wide support for codecs.

    In the past I used Zoiper and X-Lite predominantly but am happy with the switch.



  • @scottalanmiller
    Honestly I miss the old 3CXPhone that worked with non-3CX systems. Aside from that, Zoiper works pretty well too. I really need to test Linphone when I have time.



  • Zoiper.



  • The 3CX client was pretty nice. With a 3CX PBX it is really slick with the integrated VPN feature but as just a SIP client it wasn't that big of a deal, IMHO.



  • I have only ever used Zoiper, but it started onflicting with my deskphone and tried starting on it's own a lot and like to register itself shortly after I unregistered my extension on it, so I stick to exclusively a deskphone now.

    Not to mention the killer latency issues I had with it, but that can probably be attributed to my network. So, to summarize, Zoiper, but it and I are not currently talking to each other.



  • @FiyaFly said:

    I have only ever used Zoiper, but it started onflicting with my deskphone and tried starting on it's own a lot and like to register itself shortly after I unregistered my extension on it, so I stick to exclusively a deskphone now.

    Not to mention the killer latency issues I had with it, but that can probably be attributed to my network. So, to summarize, Zoiper, but it and I are not currently talking to each other.

    The conflict would be simply from having two competing SIP devices trying to each be the same extension. Can't really do that - the PBX doesn't know what to do as each one steals the other's registration. You need to make them two different numbers. If you want them to ring together, make them a ring group.



  • @scottalanmiller Yes that part I understood. It was just that I was using one or the other and Zoiper liked to register itself after I disabled it, which threw everything off.



  • @FiyaFly said:

    @scottalanmiller Yes that part I understood. It was just that I was using one or the other and Zoiper liked to register itself after I disabled it, which threw everything off.

    Oh that's not good. Definitely give Linphone a try. Much nicer than Zoiper.



  • @scottalanmiller I just may.do that, but I am concerned on the latency. Maybe once I jump onto multiple extensions I might pursue a softphone again.



  • Everyone talks about the softphone and deskphone issues when the same extension is registered both places. Honestly, I've never had that issue. FWIW



  • @ajstringham said:

    Everyone talks about the softphone and deskphone issues when the same extension is registered both places. Honestly, I've never had that issue. FWIW

    It doesn't bite you all of the time. But the reliability is low.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @ajstringham said:

    Everyone talks about the softphone and deskphone issues when the same extension is registered both places. Honestly, I've never had that issue. FWIW

    It doesn't bite you all of the time. But the reliability is low.

    shrugs Then I'm just lucky I guess...lol



  • I officially love Linphone. thanks scott!!!



  • @Hubtech said:

    I officially love Linphone. thanks scott!!!

    I was pretty thrilled to find it a few weeks ago. I used it on Linux long ago but had overlooked it since then.



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    Thanks for sharing this, will use this as a backup to my google voice account.



  • We use the standard Cisco softphone. In the past I've used X-Lite because it was light and fast.



  • Going to download and setup Linphone now.



  • So are there any free VOIP services out there that you can configure on Linphone to make actual calls to phone numbers or do you have to use a VOIP provider to do so? It seems as though you can only make calls to another SIP address.



  • @Bill-Kindle said:

    So are there any free VOIP services out there that you can configure on Linphone to make actual calls to phone numbers or do you have to use a VOIP provider to do so? It seems as though you can only make calls to another SIP address.

    I saw a tutorial once on how to connect Google Voice to Elastix. Meant to try it out but haven't as of yet. It's on my short list of things to try soon.



  • Last I saw it was near impossible to do anything like that at the moment.



  • I believe that @bill-kindle is correct and that functionality was removed. Google Voice isn't what people had hopes that it would be.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    I believe that @bill-kindle is correct and that functionality was removed. Google Voice isn't what people had hopes that it would be.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "what people had hopes it would be".



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    I believe that @bill-kindle is correct and that functionality was removed. Google Voice isn't what people had hopes that it would be.

    I can make calls all day long from Gmail just fine, but it doesn't work with any other service. The moment they bought GrandCentral, it's been in constant flux ever since. The product will be in beta for 10 years, like Gmail was 😉



  • @ajstringham said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    I believe that @bill-kindle is correct and that functionality was removed. Google Voice isn't what people had hopes that it would be.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "what people had hopes it would be".

    Hoped



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @ajstringham said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    I believe that @bill-kindle is correct and that functionality was removed. Google Voice isn't what people had hopes that it would be.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "what people had hopes it would be".

    Hoped

    Let me rephrase: what were people expecting/hoping it would be? A free trunk and DID?



  • @ajstringham said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    @ajstringham said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    I believe that @bill-kindle is correct and that functionality was removed. Google Voice isn't what people had hopes that it would be.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "what people had hopes it would be".

    Hoped

    Let me rephrase: what were people expecting/hoping it would be? A free trunk and DID?

    For me it was the hope that I could subscribe to the service and get to use a SIP client of my choice. But I'm perfectly happy with my free google voice number and the service within the US right now. I've used it quite a bit.



  • @Bill-Kindle said:

    @ajstringham said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    @ajstringham said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    I believe that @bill-kindle is correct and that functionality was removed. Google Voice isn't what people had hopes that it would be.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "what people had hopes it would be".

    Hoped

    Let me rephrase: what were people expecting/hoping it would be? A free trunk and DID?

    For me it was the hope that I could subscribe to the service and get to use a SIP client of my choice. But I'm perfectly happy with my free google voice number and the service within the US right now. I've used it quite a bit.

    Ok, I see what you mean. I never even considered that. It's really not what it was meant for.



  • @ajstringham said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    @ajstringham said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    I believe that @bill-kindle is correct and that functionality was removed. Google Voice isn't what people had hopes that it would be.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "what people had hopes it would be".

    Hoped

    Let me rephrase: what were people expecting/hoping it would be? A free trunk and DID?

    Yes. People were hoping for exactly that. An open SIP trunk. Everyone was hoping for a global, free, unlimited phone service.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @ajstringham said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    @ajstringham said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    I believe that @bill-kindle is correct and that functionality was removed. Google Voice isn't what people had hopes that it would be.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "what people had hopes it would be".

    Hoped

    Let me rephrase: what were people expecting/hoping it would be? A free trunk and DID?

    Yes. People were hoping for exactly that. An open SIP trunk. Everyone was hoping for a global, free, unlimited phone service.

    I'm guessing it was IT people and businesses hoping for that because I had never heard of anything like that for an application of Google Voice until this thread.



  • That's all I ever heard about it really. A few people mentioning it here and there for things I can't imagine wanting like voicemail or forwarding but that was all stuff anyone technical enough to get Google Voice already had so I never got the excitement.


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