Gizmo5 is one in a long line of VoIP applications that allows you to use your internet connection to make cheap phone calls.
If you're a Google Talk fan, like me, then the first good thing is that Gizmo5 and Google Talk are now connected. This means that Gizmo5 users can now send instant messages to Google Talk users but unfortunately, you can't call them although the developers promise that it's coming soon. To send Instant Messages, simply click on the IM icon next to your contacts name and you can instantly text other Gizmo5 users. One great feature of Gizmo5 is that you can perform free mobile phone and landline conference calling although you have to setup the system beforehand with the Gizmo5 FreeConferenceCall utility which can be tricky due to a few complicated configuration options. Another interesting feature is that Gizmo5 includes Asterisk PBX Support which means that you can now log into your virtual office with Asterisk PBX software. This basically means that you can receive calls and access your Gizmo5 phone wherever you are in the world. I also like the fact that it includes a free recorder which is something lacking in Skype.
Easy to use and integration with GTalk makes this a nice little app although it's calling rates need to be a lot more competitive before it can compete with Skype.
Easy to use
Good looking interface
Features a free call recorder
Calling rates should be more competitive
Gizmo5 (previously known as Gizmo Project) uses your internet connection (broadband or dial-up) to make calls to other computers. With the click of a mouse, you’re connected to friends, family, and colleagues anywhere on earth.
It’s just that simple. You talk clearly. For as long as you want. For free. And with inexpensive add-ons like Call In and Call Out, you can talk to any telephone–mobile or landline–on the planet. Any phone? Yes.
I had no problems with the Gizmo project, and no problems with the program either. I had a call-out number, and a call-in number as well. The number I wanted was available and I had no problems using it (even did a phone interview with that number).
I never had to deal with customer service, but when getting phone numbers it almost certainly is dependent on the actual client phone company and on other users getting to a number before Gizmo5 could.
The program is mostly usable but does have some quirks; it works as advertised otherwise.
This company is now owned by Google and its capabilities are incorporated into Google Voice.