Gizmo Client – VoIP for your Crackberry

Gizmo Announced a new beta version of their of their software for Blackberry devices. The new client offers outbound calling to the PSTN by using “Call Out” credits much like Skype’s “Skype Out” – Interesting, after looking at the call out rates I just don’t understand why someone would use this feature to call a US number when chances are they can just use their mobile provider minutes for less.

Anyway – “call out” is not the only reason one might use the Gizmo Client- It actually has an integrated chat client that allows its users to chat with Gizmo, MSN, AIM, Yahoo, and Jabber contacts.

Here is where this all gets interesting… Being that I have nothing better to do on a Friday morning (Kidding!) I have decided to see of I can get this thing working on Asterisk – Having said that I feel it is prudent to announce that I don’t even own a Blackberry phone and that I have no plans to ever purchase one. Soooo.. I decided to see if there were any emulation programs that may afford me the ability to run blackberry software on my Windows PC. Low and behold, after a few Google searches I found a 34 meg download that will let me test without shelling out hundreds on phone and thousands annually on service- I’m quite happy with my Razor thanks…

For now I’ll have to sign off as duty calls… However, I will keep you posted as the the results of my efforts in future posts.

Cheers- MW

Digium Acquires Switchvox- Competitors crap their pants…

Digium, the Corporate Sponsor and creator of the extremely popular Asterisk Open Source PBX has announced today that it has acquired Fourloop Technologies, makers of the Switchvox PBX.

In an interview with TMC’s Tom Keating, both Digium’s Bill Miller and Mark Spencer made reference to the product’s future and how they might play their hand against Fonality’s. “So as a contrast right, look at what Fonality did. They bought an open source project [trixbox/asterisk@home] and then turned it into a proprietary product. What we are trying to do is go the other way. Take something that started out as a fully proprietary product and to try to leverage that to bring some additional technologies into open source. That’s an interesting angle that I don’t think anyone has covered.” Mark Spencer… In my professional opinion, this is the greatest news to come along in a while! As a technologist, I have had the fortunate luck of installing Switchvox and have to say that the solution really is much easier to use out of the gate than Trixbox and far more functional.

Mike White
Open Source Fan