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Gizmo vs Skype

Updated on November 17, 2023
By Pete Freitag

I have been looking into Skype vs the Gizmo Project a bit today. It can be pretty tricky to choose which service to use - I don't like to run lots of programs at once, so I'd rather just pick one than use both.

Here are some points for comparison:

People I know use itcheck-
Based on an Open Protocol (SIP)-check
Calls are encryptedcheckcheck
3 Month Call In Rate€10 ($12.12)$12
Call Out Rate (US)€0.017 ($0.021)$0.01
Built-in conversation recording-check
Good Area Code Selectioncheck-
Free Voicemail-check

Brian Arnold has a good blog entry on Skype vs Gizmo Project, with lots of discussion in the comments.

If you have any other points of comparison please post them in the comments, Gizmo being SIP based is a big one I think.

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Gizmo vs Skype was first published on January 07, 2006.

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will be interesting to see how OpenWengo fares to that. SIP, open source and cross platform.
by Jerome Lacoste on 01/10/2006 at 5:37:58 AM UTC
OpenWengo fares to that. SIP, open source and cross platform. ?? regards
by faiht on 01/10/2006 at 7:16:59 AM UTC
Like to see a comparison of mobile voip apps as well. Pocketskype is a pig and only works on fast (edge or better) connections... mobile calling is much bigger than pc2pc calling- you save money and talk wirelessly
by dave on 01/10/2006 at 3:18:18 PM UTC
Big thing also is Gizmo's entire intention is to be cross-platform. ie, AOL, Yahoo, MSN...all SIP based and all should eventually fall under their compatability umbrella. Skype on the other hand is a walled garden - albeit one with numerous handsets coming out. Still....Skype is just a VoIP and IM offering whereas Gizmo's ability to work with so many other service may in the long run open up their suites of services to the masses.
by Mike on 01/10/2006 at 9:50:03 PM UTC
My experiences with Skype vs Gizmo is that Gizmo gives the user some distinguishable voice communication over dial-up IPs while Skype doesn't like dial-up IPs at all, bandwidth too narrow I guess. But once you get cab le broadband access, the Skype has a far better sounding voice communication than Gizmo does. That's been my observations on the matter, there doesn't seem to be too much of an improvement going from dial-up to broadband with Gizmo, but there is a world of difference with the Skype software when it is used on a broadband network like Adelphia.
by Nelson Donnell on 02/26/2006 at 10:19:00 AM UTC
Hey there!

I'm a little late to the post here, but, thanks for the link! I'm glad that post was useful to a number of people. :)
by Brian Arnold on 07/08/2006 at 2:26:05 PM UTC
I use skype for a while, and I am happy with it. However, I found Gizmo when I needed to solve a problem which Skype cannot handle. I live outside US, but I needed a US based phone number my customers can call me. And I found a free service that offers a free US, Washington phone number with call forwarding to a SIP phone. Since Skype is not SIP based, I needed a freeware SIP phone with SIP number and proxy. And Gizmo gave me exactly this. So I have to stick with both, Skype for regular Skype friends, while Gizmo at least for getting the phone calls from the US based phone number I got
by bzamfir on 09/12/2007 at 6:43:34 AM UTC
It has been nearly two years now, and I'm amazed at how much traffic my original Skype vs. Gizmo post still pulls - from your post! Every day, several people drift over to read what I wrote, which is amusing to me. :)
by Brian Arnold on 12/31/2007 at 4:28:24 PM UTC