firoz firojjee at gmail.com
Sun Mar 9 07:37:00 EDT 2008

do all these messenger support jaws?
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Vikas Kapoor" <dl.vikas at gmail.com>
To: "Access India" <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Sunday, March 09, 2008 2:09 sunny

> When Skype was introduced, it justifiably created a buzz. After all, there 
> weren't a lot of options to conduct a one-on-one voice chat. Then came the 
> voice
> feature on Yahoo, ICQ and MSN, but even as you were juggling with your 
> contacts on various messengers and not quite coping with typing, voice 
> chat seemed
> the obvious choice. While more and more people are joining Skype, a 
> growing number is also trying to get away from it for one or the other 
> reason (too
> many online contacts or just to try something new). For this growing 
> tribe, here are my three favourite alternatives.
> Gizmo (gizmoproject.com): Like Skype, Gizmo offers unlimited PC-to-PC 
> calls to anyone with a Gizmo. It also enables you to remove other 
> messengers and put
> all the contacts into a single messenger. Features such as calling a 
> regular landline (also known as Skype Out) and mapping a number in the US 
> or any other
> country (Skype In) are also available. However, what's unique about Gizmo 
> is its All Plans Free scheme, which will help you make free PC-to phone 
> calls.
> Another feature which makes it score over the others is the provision of a 
> free call-in number from the US area code 775. So your phone number will 
> begin
> with 1-775 and your friends in the US can call you through their landlines 
> even if they don't have a Gizmo-all for free. To set up 775, however, you 
> will
> require a credit card. If you sign up for Gizmo, it will also give you 25 
> cents (US$ 0.25) in credit to make outgoing calls. Currently, Gizmo does 
> not
> support video chat, but will do so in the next release. It works on Mac / 
> Windows and Linux and on cell phones with GPRS connectivity.
> Open Wengo (openwengo.org): Wengo Phone also allows you to get rid of 
> other messengers and add your Yahoo/ MSN/ ICQ accounts here, and much like 
> Skype and
> Gizmo, you can make as many PC-to-PC calls. It also supports SIP and will 
> let you access your corporate IP PBX, if you have one.
> A good option is its ability to hold an audio conference similar to a 
> conference call among multiple PC-to-PC call users. Wengo too supports 
> PC-to- phone
> calls which are paid for, but does not have the incoming call facility 
> yet. It also scores over Wengo with its Video Chat, which is operational.
> What I particularly like about Wengo is its relevance indicator in search. 
> So if you are trying to look up someone, chances are you will find the 
> right
> person. In its next release, Wengo will offer a Create your Own Directory 
> option, and if you own a company, you can create an internal directory of 
> users
> too. It works on Windows / Linux / Mac.
> OoVoo (oovoo.com): If you are through with simple voice chat and audio 
> conferences and want to video chat with several people at the same time, 
> get yourself
> an account at Oovoo. Here, for free, you can video chat with up to five 
> people in real time. As you need a good bandwidth for multiple video 
> conferencing,
> make sure you have a 512 KB or a 1 MB broadband connection. Where Oovoo 
> lacks is in its inability to eliminate other mesengers, but a good feature 
> is that
> you can send video messages to your contact list, put graphic effects and 
> emoticons in your video, send files, and move the entire bar to the side 
> so that
> you can video chat and work on a document simultaneously. If you sign up 
> for Oovoo by April 1, you will be entitled to 500 minutes of free calls to 
> the
> US and Canada. It works only on Windows and Mac.
> http://www.indianexpress.com/story/281920.html
> Vikas Kapoor,
> MSN Id:dl_vikas at hotmail.com, Yahoo&Skype Id: dl_vikas,
> Mobile: (+91) 9891098137.
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