Ed Taekema - Road Warrior Collaboration 10.3.2004

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A blog looking at business communication, knowledge management, scripting tools, OS technology news and other things of interest to mobile tech workers. As I find interesting news this will also contain pointers to thoughts related to configuration managment, change management and general software development.

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Voice over IP Providers

This is something that I am hearing road warriors mention more and more. I have personally used Skype and am interested in trying out Glophone. Skype has been good and the quality of the sound is pretty amazing but the spam has been quite high. My wife reported that she received 14 calls from people she had never heard of today... This has led us to set privacy settings that are restrictive. Hence the interest in Glophone.

Here are the providers that I am aware of.

  • Skype - free for now and in Beta

  • Glophone - both free and for pay service with local US telephone number

  • Vonage- for pay service

Of course there are voice options in the IM clients as well.


Thanks to Mr. Blog, here is another option. There are a growing numbers of vendors that provide hardware/software voip solutions that are baed on SIP (Session Initiation Protocol). To read more about SIP check out the SIPWiki. Here are number of SIP solutions that Mr. Blog pointed out:

I wonder how well these solutions work when travelling. It would be neat if it could somehow work through firewalls and proxies ... so far I have not had any luck with either Skype (doesn't yet support going through proxy servers) or Globphone either for that matter. Most hotels don't seem to do proxies so that should work ok. Please let me know if anyone out there has tried these phones on the road.

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