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May 30, 2008 / Marco

Interesting Comparison of Mobile Vo-IP and IM Applications

While I was browsing the Talkonaut web site, I came across this brief table. Basically, the table tries to compare the free mobile Vo-IP/IM application, Talkonaut, with other apps of its ilk by demonstrating what each program can and can’t do. Fortunately the table is objective enough to be outlined below.

Comparison of mobile Vo-IP+IM applications

Feature/application Octro Nimbuzz Talkonaut Fring Truphone IM+ Skype Gizmo5
1. Freeware yes yes yes yes yes No yes
2. VoIP over GPRS yes Yes yes yes no No no
3. VoIP over WIFI yes Yes yes yes yes no no
4. Peer-to-Peer VoIP yes, Jingle Audio No, planned yes, Jingle Audio yes, proprietary no no no
5. VoIP calls over GSM no yes, call-in yes, callback no no yes, callback yes, callback
6. SIP calls no Yes yes yes yes no yes, callback
7. Gtalk VoIP calls yes Yes yes yes yes no yes, callback
8. MSN VoIP calls no Yes yes yes no no yes, callback
9. Yahoo VoIP calls no No, planned yes no no no yes, callback
10. AIM/ICQ VoIP calls No no, planned yes yes no no yes, callback
11. Skype VoIP calls no Yes no yes no yes no
12. SMS over IP no yes yes no yes yes, via Skype yes
13. IM chat to Gtalk yes Yes yes yes no yes yes
14. IM chat to MSN yes Yes yes yes no yes yes
15. IM chat to Yahoo yes Yes yes yes no yes yes
16. IM chat to ICQ/AIM yes Yes yes yes no yes yes
17. IM chat to Skype no Yes no yes no yes no
18. IM chat to Facebook no No no no no no yes
19. IM chat to MySpace no No no no no no yes
20. IM chat to Twitter yes, over Jabber yes, over Jabber yes, over Jabber yes no yes, over Jabber yes, over Jabber
21. Multi-user chat no yes, proprietary yes, Jabber standard no no yes, proprietary yes, Jabber standard
22. Custom/non-standard GUI no yes yes no no yes yes
23. File transfer yes yes yes yes no yes yes
Score 12 18 19 16 5 12 18

The following conclusions have also been drawn from the table.

  • Only Octro, Talkonaut, Nimbuzz, Truphone and Fring can be considered as real mobile VoIP applications, which means they utilize data connections to send VoIP traffic over.
  • Talkonaut is the most feature-rich mobile VoIP software currently available on the market.
  • For those users who don’t need Skype support, Talkonaut can be considered as the best mVoIP solution.

Nothing can be said to damage the integrity of these conclusions, and Talkonaut is also a very good application if you exclude its incompatibility with Symbian screen readers. What’s more, who doesn’t need Skype these days? Furthermore, both iSkoot for Skype and IM+ Mobile Messenger – which aren’t true VoIP mobile applications – are absent in the list.

What else do you think could have been included in the table? Perhaps retaining the history previous chats? Do you know of any other applications which could have been listed?

Related Info: Talkonaut Updated To V4.12

Talkonaut Updated To V4.15

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