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
|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|
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?
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