Posted by Deliverator on January 15th, 2007
I recently installed Gizmo Project on my N800 in anticipation of my upcoming trip to Mexico. Gizmo Project is a software VOIP phone and Jabber chat client. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux and the custom Linux version for the N800 is polished and has worked flawlessly in my limited testing. With Gizmo, you can make calls to other Gizmo users, other SIP phone users or plain old normal phone numbers all around the world. Outgoing calls cost a mere 1 cent a minute in $10/1000 minute blocks which expire after a year and there are no monthly usage charges, month by month minute expiration, etc. That is an absurdly low rate compared to almost any other carrier. Even so, Gizmo’s software doesn’t limit you to using their service. On the N800, it supports a secondary SIP login, which means you can choose to use it with other service providers. Gizmo also offers unlimited incoming service with an area code of your choosing for around $30 a year. If you don’t want to use their option, they even helpfully point you to a service which gives you a free incoming number with a 775 area code. I bought a block of 1000 outgoing minutes and got myself a free 775 area code number and have been happily making and receiving calls this evening. The only real problem I have been having is that gizmo doesn’t appear to consistently send DTMF tones, which makes it difficult to use some voicemail and phone support systems. For talking to actual people, it seems to be a good, cheap, easy to set up alternative to conventional phone service.