From NCH Software:
The Express Talk softphone works like a telephone to let you make calls through your computer and you can call anyone via the internet who has installed it (or any other SIP softphone). Connect your webcam or other video device and you can see and speak to family, friends and colleagues around the world.
Calls computer to computer are always free. You can also call ordinary 'real' telephone numbers anywhere in the world if you sign up with a VoIP gateway service company. See below for recommended telephone gateway companies.
Express Talk is also now available for Pocket PC, so now you can take your VoIP numbers with you wherever you go. Great for people who work outside the office.
This will do the job for many folks, but in some special cases it will create some problems. However good Voip softphone, i am still not getting what makes it different than other Voip providers like Vitelglobal.
Free - and the ability to have up to (6) SIP accounts. Interface is nice, but hot as flashy as X-Lite (which really looks like a mobile phone).
I've had calls get cut off using this and X-Lite - so it must be unrelated to the software. Could be intermittent Internet issue, but have had problem on both wireless connection and hardwired connection and w/ both sipgate and gizmo5.
Installed and did basic device testing without a hitch. No device coonflicts. Happy with Vista. I use this with our office VOIP phone system and it's just like having an extension on my laptop anywhere in the world. Excellent sound quality.
None so far
I replaced X-Lite with Express Talk after X-Lite started locking up and destabilizing my Vista machine. ET works like a charm. Goes in easy, sets up easy, and works without a hitch, at least when I use it as an extension phone on our business VOIP phone system. I have not tried it in any other mode, including video.
We have a VOIP account with our ISP and a modem/router which has a cordless phone plugged into it. However, it's so much easier to use the headset that's already on the PC for long calls, and this software makes that very easy to do.
Setup took 3 minutes and it was working immediately. There's not too many frills and distracting options. but the main functionality is clear and well thought-out.
It'll soon be used on my wife's laptop on a 'naked DSL' (i.e. no landline) connection as the main phone at her clinic.
It's also a convenient way to record both sides of a conversation to an MP3 file.
I haven't used the video capability, so I won't comment on that.