After a public beta release SIPphone Inc. has released Gizmo Project 1.0, a new Voice over IP (VoIP) software application that lets Mac, Windows and Linux users communicate over the Internet and, using optional features, via telephone lines. It’s free to download.
Gizmo Project consists of a software application that requires Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later and a microphone-equipped Mac. It works with dialup or broadband Internet connections. The software lets users communicate with other users of Gizmo Project or SIP-based software for free through instant messaging or voice calling.
What’s more, Gizmo Project’s “Call In” service lets users in the United States and the U.K. receive calls from any mobile or landline connection, billed at $5 per month in three or six month increments. The “Call Out” service, which Project Gizmo users buy in blocks of credits, let users make outbound calls to landlines and mobile phones. Rates vary depending on what country you’re calling from, but start at 1.8 US cents per minute.
Other features include free voicemail, SMS notification, call encryption, call mapping and more. SIPphone Inc. on Wednesday also announced an agreement to connect to Google Inc.’s recently announced Google Talk instant messaging network. The connectivity will appear in future versions of the Gizmo Project software.