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Gizmo Project

CNET Editors' review

Does the world really need another VoIP client? Here's one Gizmo that thinks so.

Gizmo's interface is compact and rectangular, with tabs on the top just below the Menu bar and a series of ancillary commands like Chat and Add Contact available at the bottom. There are very few differences between Gizmo's design and its biggest competitor's, and a little originality could've gone a long way here.

Also similar to Skype, Gizmo provides free VoIP for computer-to-computer voice chatting as well as text chatting. It also allows for computer-to-telephone voice chatting for both mobile phones and landlines. It has one feature that Skype lacks: it lets you conference call with multiple PCs by entering in a random, shared number. Overall, the sound clarity and quality was excellent, with no lagging nor echoing. Gizmo also says it provides asymmetrical chat-client VoIP, so you can use Gizmo and your headset to talk to somebody on Windows Live or Google Talk. We couldn't get that feature to work, but it's a smart idea and we hope it gets debugged soon.

Overall, Gizmo's got some good stuff and some room for improvement. If you despise Skype or are just interested in alternatives, you might want to give this one a try, but otherwise we'd recommend holding off.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.7 stars

    out of 36 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 14
  • Current version:

    1.9 stars

    out of 13 votes

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Some things are free, just not everything"

    January 16, 2008  |   By noneed2login

    Version: Gizmo Project 3.1.1.284

    Pros

    I like how the SIP-to-SIP calls are free (calls to people using Gizmo, OpenWengo and other SIP services).

    I also like how it integrates in with my Google Talk and MSN chats.

    I also like the free voicemail and conference call features (once you're using the SIP #, not the Gizmo Call In number)

    Cons

    The call in service (the non-free part) is $35 per year, and the call out service is $0.02 per minute. I don't think it's the cheapest out there, but it's cheaper than Skype.

    Sometimes a little buggier than Skype.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Best in line. Using this for 6 months"

    September 11, 2007  |   By murali.s

    Version: Gizmo Project 3.1.1.284

    Pros

    free GIZMO number which can be reached through regular or mobile numbers like other normal telephone numbers. Free conference facility, Greate recording feature. Free voice mail facility, voice mail is delivered to your inbox. Doesn't this features cool.

    Cons

    Recording feature works good only with fast internet connection. Each time you receive a call you have to press 1 to take the call. During this time other party think they reached worng number and hang up.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "*** NOT *** Free.."

    August 5, 2007  |   By mail4asim

    Version: Gizmo Project 3.1.1.284

    Pros

    Good sound quality and works with SIP, so I can use my old SunRocket Gizmo to recieve and make calls.

    Cons

    The FREE calls deal is VERY misleading. It's a bait and switch deal. You have to keep signing up friends to get 60 free minutes of free calls. This does NOT mean the calling is free. The incoming calls number costs 35 dollars for 1 year, Skype charges 60. But Skype charges 30 dollars for unlimited outgoing calls... where as GizmoProject has NO such plan. Instead they charge 1.5 cents / min which can get REALLY expensive over time.

    I like the service but unless they come up with a unlimited calling plan, I have to give it a thumbs down.

    Btw, I couldn't get the MSN voice chat to work either. Has anyone else been able to get it to work ?

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  • 1.0 stars

    "They lie saying u can make free calls"

    August 3, 2007  |   By Rohlito

    Version: Gizmo Project 3.1.1.284

    Cons

    No only nothing is free but it is cumberson, Skype is a lot easier.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Dense, difficult front end."

    June 18, 2007  |   By Swartswaan

    Version: Gizmo Project 3.1.1.284

    Pros

    It seems to be much bertter in inter-activity than Skype. You get to the relevant info much easier and it feels like a conversation, so that your grasp of the thing improves rapidly. Seems, unlike Skype, the payment system is more of the barrelhead kind, without funds getting lost for some system problem or "working in-pocket" policy. This inforamtion was gathered on the Gizmo website.

    Cons

    However, I am still only on the front end of the user inteface. Last night I had some questions and wanted to get to a Help file but couldn't. Have just opened it up again (took more than 20 seconds to authenticate me here in South Africa, suppose I should expect that and the help file is slow - and not on my computer - must be downloaded every time it seems) and dialled my cell phone. I can hear the dial tone over the PC speakers but the cell in my hand does not respond in picking up, does not even show it is being called. It seem to work very automatically without me having much of a hand in it, or understanding it for that matter. Not a good mouse trap! Y'know, this may be an idea! Give it to gran. If he/she can use it, then it's well done.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "it works goodly"

    June 11, 2007  |   By harris_854

    Version: Gizmo Project 3.1.1.284

    Pros

    It works a little bit faster

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  • 3.0 stars

    "They try to copy Skype but I prefer Skype"

    June 7, 2007  |   By 22252

    Version: Gizmo Project 3.1.1.284

    Pros

    Nothing , that way I delete this software

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  • 1.0 stars

    "They dont understand the meaning of "Free""

    June 6, 2007  |   By shaminda1

    Version: Gizmo Project 3.1.1.284

    Pros

    To use free ? U need to pay.

    Cons

    This software is not writen in english. in english free means with out money.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "misleading review- Landline calls are not free!!!"

    June 6, 2007  |   By slag77

    Version: Gizmo Project 3.1.1.284

    Cons

    You need to purchase Gizmo credits to make PC to landline calls- Not free as advertised.

    Very few PC users- Limited use without fees.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "BLJAK !"

    June 5, 2007  |   By danilo0708980

    Version: Gizmo Project 3.1.1.284

    Pros

    Because you said its free, than even if you someday become really free i still dont want to use you never.... thank you....

    Cons

    already said it....

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