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Best 20 mobile VoIP and instant messaging applications for mobile phones
  

Only a year ago was missing good solutions to use VoIP and Instant Messaging on mobile phones. Today the situation has changed, there are different software for popular platforms (Symbian, Java, Windows Mobile) and Nokia VoIP support integrated in the E Series and N Series smartphones allows the use of VoIP services of the best known Italian actors ( Skype , Messagenet , stepmother, etc ...).

These software solutions are complemented by services that work with any phone with a regular phone network GSM through which the operator connects the user with the most popular VoIP networks and enables low cost international phone calls to numbers fixed line or mobile.

For convenience, we can distinguish four types of mobile VoIP :
  • VoIP client, a VoIP software that offers the real possibility to call via VoIP from the phone, using a data connection (3G, WiFi ). In some cases there are features such as presence and instant messaging.
  • Callback: who initiates the call receives a call from the service provider which then puts him in contact with the final recipient.
  • Gateway : who starts calling a telephone number of fixed telephony (national) provided by the operator who then put him in contact with the recipient of the call
  • "Hybrid" means a software installed on your phone allows features such as instant messaging and presence. The calls are offered with or callback mode gateway. In many cases requires a data connection to allow the updating of the contact list and sending text messages.

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A true VoIP client requires a data connection flat (even limited hour call requires about 8 MB) or the availability of a nearby WiFi connection (for phones that support this technology). Call quality is affected by characteristics of the data link, signal strength and the codec used. Calls to the main networks, VoIP (Skype , Gtalk, MSN), or to members of the same operator are free.

A service-based call back, or hybrid gateway offers high-quality conversations usually more than acceptable regardless of the characteristics of the data connection (GPRS, 3G or WiFi). Do not need a flat, even desirable, because the activation of a call requires the exchange of very little data, as well as a moderate use of instant messaging. However, the call will never be free (the operator will always support costs to call our phone, or we will have to pay to call the gateway operator).

The solutions proposed in this article does not require the intervention of their mobile operator, although in order to use some of this is necessary or flat semi flat bid for access to the network with 3G connections. Applications and services based callback and gateways may be convenient, however, even with limited consumption rates, however, must be taken into consideration the costs for traffic carried.

The "Type" refers to the types described above, the "costs" that summarizes the expenses you may incur to use the service, other than for calls to landlines and mobile (eg connection costs or to call a gateway). The software described below are available for some of the most popular platforms (Symbian, Windows Mobile and Java) that has been fit most phones on the market. They range from phones with UMTS connectivity and Java compatibility (defined as those that allow the installation of games) in Windows Mobile PDA, via smartphones with Symbian system and VoIP capability.
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Jajah Mobile

Allows calls low fares, especially useful for international calls. As for the version accessible via the Web, you are called by Jajah and made contact with the recipient of the call. Software available for Symbian or Java can initiate a Jajah call directly from the phone book, just visit mobile.jajah.com through an alternative browser installed on your phone, enter the destination number and click call. You are called back immediately on the phone or on any other number that can be saved as the default (eg that of a hotel).

Category: Callback / Hybrid
Platform: Java, Symbian, Web, Blackberry (Talk-Now)
Cost: Traffic data to initiate the call via the Web, or you can send a text message.
Advantages: Easy to use, affordable rates, SMS feature that allows you to start a call without a data connection.

Fring

Fring VoIP software is a complete instant messaging and presence. It allows users to call Skype, Google Talk, MSN, users of fixed telephony services and VoIP SIP (just register your account Skype, Messagenet VoIPStunt or that of any other operator). The latest version for Nokia E Series and N Series allows you to use WiFi connections and UMTS (also available a version for other Nokia phones that do not feature WiFi). It’s a real P2P VoIP client; compatible with leading VoIP service is client-server architecture, however, ensured that the Fring server leaves the heavy task to interconnect VoIP calls with the main network.

Type: VoIP client
Platform: Symbian
Costs: Data connection (3G), we recommend a flat. No cost if you use a WiFi network.
Advantages: Complete VoIP client, instant messaging, compatible with popular software Voima, ability to use any operator for SIP VoIP calls to conventional phones

Nimbuzz

Nimbuzz is a mobile Java software that offers calls and instant iessaging with other Nimbuzz users, Google Talk and Live Messenger, even in the conference among multiple users. And 'being developed to be compatible with the network of Skype, Yahoo and AIM. Function calls through the network gateway Nimbuzz, found in many European countries. Calls between Nimbuzz users and to users and Gtalk Live! are free, but you pay the rates provided by the mobile to fixed telephone numbers of the national gateway Nimbuzz. It 'also a PC version.

Platform: Java
Type: Hybrid
Cost: 3G data connection, GSM calls to the national gateway.
Advantages: Compatibility with a large number of mobile phones

Noverca for Windows Mobile

Fully developed by the Italian Noverca, this client for handhelds and Windows Mobile PDA-phone allows calls to landline numbers and mobile users and stepmother, chat with your contacts. A special feature offered by the software is the SMS service: in addition to sending the message allows you to receive replies to messages sent in the program window. As for the service available for Nokia phones with Wi-Fi and VoIP, the operator offers free calls between users Noverca and very affordable prices to the traditional telephone network.

Type: VoIP client
Platform: Windows Mobile
Costs: No cost if you use a WiFi network. Data connection (3G), we recommend a flat.
Advantages: VoIP client with instant messaging and presence, ability to send and receive SMS, affordable rates for Italy and Europe.
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iSkoot

iSkoot has developed an application and a client-server solution that allows owners to use Skype on some Nokia phones with Symbian, Palm and Motorola. It 'requires a data connection (2G, 3G or WiFi) to keep your contact list, information about the presence of contacts and initiate a conversation. When you call a Skype contact or SkypeOut, call the phone number of the iSkoot gateway, which connects the Skype user you want. For incoming calls, however, iSkoot will use the SkypeOut credit on your user's to retrieve his cell phone. The offer X-Series mobile operator Three (in the UK and soon in Italy) is based precisely on iSkoot.

Type: Hybrid
Platform: Symbian, Palm
Cost: 3G data connection, GSM calls to the iSkoot gateway
Advantages: Support for Motorola and Palm smartphones

Nokia E Series and N Series

Nokia posted a client-based VoIP protocol SIP opened in this system on almost all S60 phones and Series N Series E (N80ie, N95, E60, E61, E65, etc ...). The Nokia client is fully integrated with the functions of the phone book and call log and you can decide which outgoing calls are automatically made through the VoIP service when available. In its latest version (2.0) the Nokia client is able to work with other VoIP operators Italians (among them, Noverca has prepared an automatic configuration service by SMS, Messagenet has taken some measures to allow operation even less up to date on mobile Skype and made available in a guide to facilitate the configuration).

You can use VoIP services with a WiFi or UMTS, however, only a few allow sufficient quality via UMTS: You must have an appropriate codec to use the bandwidth offered by these links. Unfortunately, this approach is not directly accessible to users, you need to take care operator with a configuration via SMS (that provided by Noverca enable calls via UMTS, with excellent sound quality and seamless).

Type: VoIP client
Platform: Symbian S60 Nokia
Costs: Data connection (3G), we recommend a flat. No cost if you use a WiFi network.
Advantages: integration with the main functions of the phone, audio quality, automatic connection in the presence of WiFi access points.

Gizmo for Nokia S60

Initially only available as a configuration for the Nokia VoIP client integrated in some of the N Series phones (N80i and E61), Gizmo for S60 application is true today, with instant messaging and presence, integrated with the phone book. VoIP calls to Gizmo users, GoogleTalk or landlines or mobile continue to work through the integrated client. The software developed by Nokia is fully integrated with the phone interface: the list of contacts, presence and instant messaging capabilities become part of the book. Once installed, the directory will always show a panel in addition, which will be accessible mostly through its contacts and capabilities of instant messaging.

The functionality of instant messaging and presence (or view the status of our contacts) are also available with 2G and 3G connections. To call with Gizmo service users and other landlines and mobile instead be connected to a WiFi access point. Gizmo services menu you can choose to buy new credit for calls to landline or mobile (you can choose between recharges 10, 20 and 50 dollars), turn on the answering machine or call forwarding.

Type: VoIP client
Platform: Symbian S60 Nokia
Costs: No cost if you use a WiFi network.
Advantages: integration with the main functions of the phone, audio quality, automatic connection in the presence of WiFi access points.

Truphone

Truphone offers a solution to make immediate installation and configuration of your VoIP on Nokia E Series and N (with WiFi support). Truphone uses the standard SIP VoIP support integrated in Nokia phones, and enriches its offer with features that make it easier to connect to WiFi hotspots and providing its users with a mobile phone number (and soon also Italian, for now American). When you are not connected with the service, in the absence of a WiFi connection, Truphone will transfer your calls to your main number or to voicemail (also accessible via email).

Type: VoIP client
Platform: Symbian S60 Nokia
Costs: Data connection (3G), we recommend a flat. No cost if you use a WiFi network.
Advantages: integration with the main functions of the phone, audio quality, automatic connection in the presence of WiFi access points.
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Barablu

Barablu has developed a VoIP solution for Symbian and Windows Mobile smartphones, as well as a client for Windows PCs. Barablu allows calls and instant messaging from mobile to Skype, Google Talk and Yahoo, via WiFi and GPRS / UMTS, managing even the automatic handover of calls from the wireless network connection to the data offered by the mobile operator. There are versions for different phones Nokia N Series and E Series and for Windows Mobile and Pocket PC (Dell, Fujitsu, I-mate, HP, etc ...). It 'also offered a termination service (Barablu Out) rather than with cheap rates. The application displays a small banner at the top of the display.

Type: VoIP client
Platform: Symbian, Windows Mobile
Costs: Data connection (3G), we recommend a flat. No cost if you use a WiFi network.
Advantages: automatic handover from WiFi to 3G/UMTS

Mobivox

Mobivox allows you to call your Skype contacts, using access numbers, and then through normal GSM calls (or phones) to the gateway available in several countries in the world. Once you register your phone number (or more) the system automatically recognizes the user through the callerID and you can start a Skype call by saying the name of the recipient. You can also make international calls at rates offered by Mobivox (just type the number on the keypad of the phone, once activated the call to Mobivox). Among the advanced features, the ability to transfer a current call to a landline phone and conference calls with multiple users.

Type: Gateway
Platform: any
Cost: call to the GSM gateway Mobivox
Advantages: calls to Skype users from any phone, landline or mobile, the cost of a domestic call.


Rebtel

Rebtel is a special service: it allows international calls from your mobile phone at discount prices: Rebtel assigns a local number to the recipient of the call so you can save in and use that number to call. The call cost as a local call in your country, plus the cost of the service offered by Rebtel (starts at 2 cents per minute). Alternatively, with a strange procedure, you can pay only a local call: you call Rebtel local number assigned by the recipient, we ask them to be called the number (local, but for him) from which the call has received. while the recipient engages and calls the number the caller remains on line and after a few seconds can talk to the recipient of his call.

Definitely cumbersome, but both only pay a local call (in many countries in contracts for mobile phone service includes several minutes of traffic "free" to landlines). They provided more than 10 international calls per month with the second mode, or you can buy credit and pay only the 1st minute of conversation.

Type: Gateway
Platform: any
Cost: GSM call to the local Rebtel number, cost of service offered by Rebtel
Advantages: affordable international calls with any mobile phone or fixed

WiFiMobile

WiFiMobile is a solution for mobile VoIP via WiFi and 3G, which offers free calls to other users WiFiMobile to low-cost international telephone numbers. The software is available for Nokia N Series and E Series and allows you to check the status (online, offline) of other users in the contact list.

Type: VoIP client
Platform: Symbian
Costs: Data connection (3G), we recommend a flat. No cost if you use a WiFi network.
Advantages: You can configure the software to be used as "extension" of a PBX PBX business
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Mig33

Mig33 offers instant messaging compatible with MSN, Yahoo, AIM, SMS and VoIP calls via callback, activated by an SMS or the software itself. Mig33 is a Java application that runs, say, on most phones in circulation.

Category: Callback / Hybrid
Platform: Java
Cost: Traffic data (3G or GPRS) to enable instant messaging and VoIP calls, or you can send a text message.
Advantages: Compatible with over 250 phones, instant messaging, SMS feature that allows you to start a call without a data connection

WengoPhone Mobile

WengpPhone Mobile for Pocket PC version of the famous open-source VoIP software developed by Wengo. Works with GSM-PDA and PDA with Windows Mobile 5, although it is close to launching a version for smartphones. It 's a client-based VoIP and SIP protocol and can be used with any VoIP operator, as well as the service provided by Wengo same.

Type: VoIP client
Platform: Windows Mobile
Benefits: Standard SIP client

IM + for Skype

IM + for Skype is a mobile VoIP solution available for Symbian S60 3rd Edition and BlackBerry. Allows calls and text messages to Skype users. E 'need to have SkypeOut credit, which is used by the system to call you your cell phone or fixed (callback) and for calls to international numbers.

Category: Callback / Hybrid
Platform: Symbian, BlackBerry
Cost: Traffic data (3G or GPRS) to enable VoIP calls and Instant Messaging
Advantages: Compatible with BlackBerry phones

Talkster

Talkster is a service like Jajah VoIP phones, but does not require installing any software (just go up m.talkster.com with the browser of your phone). The service allows users to call MSN, GizmoProject , Google Talk, and traditional phones, with the usual savings when calling from abroad. It lets you choose a mode "gateway" (the active call to a local number) and a "callback" (is the system that calls us to our mobile phone number). E 'can view the status (online, offline) of users MSN, Gtalk and Gizmo in the contact list.

Category: Callback / Gateway
Platform: Web
Cost: Traffic data (3G or GPRS) to enable VoIP calls
Advantages: It works with any phone equipped with a browser

Skype for Mobile
Skype has long been available for PDAs with Pocket PC system and Windows Mobile smartphones. The software offers much of the functionality available in versions for PC, Mac and Linux. Skype and SkypeOut calls are possible through 3G and WiFi connections.

Platform: Windows Mobile for smartphones and Pocket PC
Costs: No cost if you use a WiFi network. Data connection (3G), we recommend a flat.
Advantages: VoIP client with instant messaging and presence, ability to send and receive SMS, affordable rates for Italy and Europe

EQO Mobile

EQO Mobile allows users to exchange messages with MSN, Yahoo, AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber and offers SMS and international calls at affordable rates through a gateway solution (called the phone number of a fixed network that connects the user with the network of EQO VoIP).

Type: Hybrid
Platform: Java
Cost: Traffic data (GPRS or 3G) for instant messaging, any cost to call through a gateway
Advantages: Compatible with over 250 phones, instant messaging, SMS

SJPhone and X-PDA

In both cases it is compatible with VoIP softphones and SIP protocol, and then to use with any provider that supports SIP. SJPhone for Pocket PC is available for free like the versions for Windows and Mac, X-PDA allows you to configure on your handheld up to 4 account for VoIP operators. X-PDA is available at $ 29.95 for terminals with resolution 240 × 240 and 24.95 for those with resolution 240 × 230 pixels.

Type: VoIP client
Platform: Windows Mobile
Benefits: Standard SIP client
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Re: Best 20 mobile VoIP and instant messaging applications for mobile phones

hi, i am looking for a good IM apps who can white label for telco. must be compliance to many mobile OS platform.

anyone here can help ?
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hi, i am looking for a good IM apps who can white label for telco. must be compliance to many mobile OS platform.

anyone here can help ?
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