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A softphone is a software program for making telephone calls over the Internet using a general purpose computer, tablet or smartphone, rather than using dedicated hardware. Often a softphone is designed to behave like a traditional telephone, sometimes appearing as an image of a phone with a display panel and buttons with which the user can interact. A softphone is usually used with a headset connected to the sound card of the PC, or as an installed app on your phone. See also: Smartphone
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OS: IOS, Android
Overview: Acrobits is a mobile software development company with a focus on SIP Clients for mobile devices; their SIP client, Acrobits Softphone, is the leading app of it's type on the iTunes App Store.
OS: Windows, MacOS, Linux (Ubuntu), IOS, Android
Overview: Bria 5 is a carrier-grade next generation softphone application that enables you to manage your communications easily and efficiently – all from your computer desktop. Replacing or complementing your hard phone, the Bria softphone allows you to make VoIP and Video calls over IP, see when your contacts are available, send Instant Messages and transfer files with ease and efficiency.
Bria Android Edition is a highly secure, standards-based mobile VoIP softphone that works over both 3G and Wi-Fi networks.
Using the device’s existing contact list, Bria Android Edition facilitates easy and effective communication management with an intuitive interface. Deskphone-class calling functionality includes the ability to swap between two calls, merge calls and perform attended and unattended transfers.
OS: Windows, Linux
Overview:Ekiga is a software phone and video conferencing application. It allows you to hear and see your friends for free using your computer and Internet. You can also chat with them and see if they are online or not. It works on GNU/Linux and Windows.
More specifically, Ekiga is a VoIP, IP Telephony, and Video Conferencing application that allows you to make audio and video calls to remote users with SIP or H.323 compatible hardware and software.
It supports many audio and video codecs and all modern VoIP features for both SIP and H.323. Ekiga is the first Open Source application to support both H.323 and SIP, as well as audio and video. Ekiga was formerly known as GnomeMeeting.
Product: Express Talk
Company: NCH Software
OS: Windows, MacOS
Overview: Express Talk works like a telephone to let you make calls through your computer. Call anyone via the internet who also has a softphone installed and if you sign up with a VoIP gateway service company you call regular telephone numbers as well.
With Express Talk you could potentially call someone using their internet IP (eg. "email@example.com") but this is not usually practical. It is much easier to use a friendly address like "firstname.lastname@example.org". To have this you need to sign up with a SIP proxy service. This is almost always free to signup for and usually requires nothing more than an email address. See our Recommended SIP Service Providers List for a list of options.
Some of the companies also provide gateway services. This means connecting phone calls to ordinary (non internet or analog PSTN) phone lines. These calls tend to be much less expensive particularly for international calls compared to regular long distance charges since they can offer local call rates.
Product: Grandstream Wave
Overview: Grandstream Wave is a FREE softphone application that allows users to make and receive voice calls through their business or residential SIP accounts on any Android™ device (version 4.0+) from anywhere in the world.
This application supports integration of up to 6 SIP accounts, 6-way voice conferencing, and allows users to monitor their PBX (such as Grandstream's UCM6100 series IP PBX & UCM6510 IP PBX) while utilizing speed dial with up to 24 virtual BLF keys.
Grandstream Wave also supports advanced SIP telephony features including call transfer, LDAP phonebook integration and more.
OS: Windows, MacOS, Linux
Overview: Jitsi (formerly SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator that supports protocols such as SIP, XMPP/Jabber, AIM/ICQ, Windows Live, Yahoo! and many other useful features.
Jitsi is an Open Source / Free Software, and is available under the terms of the LGPL.
OS: Windows, MacOS, Linux
Overview: Kiax is a softphone (soft phone, VoIP client) with a simple and comfortable user interface for making VoIP calls to Asterisk PBX. It depends on the iaxclient library to use Asterisk's IAX2 protocol for easy call configuration and audio setup.
OS: Windows, Linux, MacOSX, IPhone, Android.
App Storage Consumption: 8.09mb (ability to move app to SD card. Data uses an additional ~0.89mb approx.)
Overview: Linphone is an internet phone or Voice Over IP phone (VoIP). With linphone you can communicate freely with people over the internet, with voice, video, and text instant messaging. Linphone makes use of the SIP protocol, an open standard for internet telephony. You can use Linphone with any SIP VoIP operator.
NetDial Sip Phone
Product: NetDial Sip Phone
OS: iOS, Android.
Company: Media5 Corporation
OS: Android, iOS
Overview: The Media5-fone is a softphone application that runs on the Android and the iOS Operating System. It is a SIP Client (softphone) that enables users to make and receive VoIP calls, enabling them to use their devices as an IP-PBX phone extension in their office or anywhere else in the world.
Overview: Mizu SoftPhone is our award winner professional VoIP client application based on the open standard SIP protocol with an easy to use modern interface. With Mizu SoftPhone you can connect to any SIP server on the public internet or on your local area network.
Multiple accounts and multiple SIP server registrations combined with a powerful dial plan can minimize your telecom bills while using the greatest features from the VoIP industry.
Features include built-in encryption, IM, presence, HD Video, history with voice records, skype like voice quality using ultra-wideband codecs and much more.
A free edition is also available based on the same engine as our corporate sip softphone but it has some features disabled (like G.729 and wideband codecs, multiple accounts and file transfer over SIP).
Company: Global IP Telecommunications
Overview: Ninja Lite offers Audio- and video telephony for everybody, Ninja features individual skins and ringtones!, Ninja is natively Vista 32bit /64 bit and Windows7 compatible.
Overview: PhonerLite is a clearly arranged application for Windows. PhonerLite enables your PC to use it for internet telephony (VoIP , Voice over IP ). Pre-conditions are a full-duplex sound card , a microphone and speakers (alternativelya headset), an internet connection and a registration at a provider supporting the protocol SIP .PhonerLite supports several SIP profiles, each configurable independently. In thesame way the integrated phone book and call log are easy to use.
Company: PortSIP Solutions, Inc
OS: Windows (desktop and mobile)
Overview: PortGo is the newest SIP softphone from PortSIP, it's built base on PortSIP VoIP SDK, allowing users to enjoy multimedia communications in a dynamic way.
Featuring an intuitive interface, PortGo is expanding the softphone experience by making it even easier to make VoIP and Video over IP calls, see when your contacts are available and send Instant Messages. PortGo features an IM interface which focuses on your contacts and friends.
Overview: QuteCom is a community of enthusiasts and developers, creating free software products related to communication over IP. The flagship product of the QuteCom project is a softphone which allows you to make free PC to PC video and voice calls, and to integrate all your IM contacts in one place.
Product: SIP Droid
Company: SIP Droid
App Storage Consumption: 1.85mb (ability to move app to SD card. Data uses an additional ~4kb approx.)
Overview: SIPDroid is a java based, open source SIP client that has recently been developed for use with mobile devices based on Google’s Android platform.
Company: SJ Labs, Inc.
OS: Windows,Windows Mobile
Overview: SJphone is a VOIP softphone that allows you to speak with any other softphone, any stand-alone IP-phone, or using ITSP with any traditional wired or mobile phone.
It supports both SIP and H.323 standards and is fully inter-operable with most major VOIP vendors and ITSP.
OS: BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry PlayBook
Project site: http://taki.sourceforge.net/
App in the AppWorld: http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/130295
Overview: Taki is a native SIP softphone for BlackBerry® PlayBook™ and BlackBerry® 10 platforms.
Main Features: - Multiple SIP accounts support - Multiple simultaneous calls - Call recording - Conference calls - Advanced call control: Transfer, Hold, Mute, Reject, Redial, switch between multiple active calls - Speaker phone support - Address book. Integration with local contacts on BlackBerry 10 phones - Comprehensive SIP settings (port binding, outbound proxy, registrar, codecs priority, NAT traversal, STUN, Presence, and more) - Transports: UDP/TCP - Audio codecs: G.711a/u, GSM, iLBC, G.722 (HD), Speex (NB, WB, UWB) - Built for BlackBerry
Company: 64 Characters
OS: OS X 10.9 or later
Project site: http://www.64characters.com/telephone/
Mac App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/telephone/id406825478
Overview: Telephone is a fully-featured SIP client with a minimalist user interface.
- Multiple SIP accounts
- Multiple simultaneous calls w/conferencing
- Call control: Transfer, Hold, Mute, Reject, Redial, Call Waiting, multiple active calls
- Speaker phone/headset support (via Mac sound device)
- Integration with Contacts app, dial by name, autocomplete, click to dial
- Send DTMF tones
- Languages: English, German, Russian
OS: Windows, MacOS, Linux
Overview: CounterPath's X-Lite helps you seamlessly transition from a traditional phone environment into the world of Voice over IP.
The latest release of X-Lite provides a completely redesigned interface that allows for a contact-centric or dialpad-centric user experience, or a combination of the two. It also provides you with some of the most popular features of our fully loaded Bria and eyeBeam softphones so you can take them for a test drive before you make your purchase.
Having a simple voice conversation, you’ll soon see why having a softphone on your desktop or laptop is the ultimate communications experience.
OS: Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS
Overview: IAX & SIP multilanguage softphone is a VoIP soft client, meant to work with any IP-based communications systems and infrastructure.
Zoiper is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and supports the following languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Polish, Magyar.
- See Configuration Details for PC/MAC
- See Configuration Details for ZoiPer 5
- See Configuration Details for android
- See Configuration Details for iOS
Product: Zoiper Communicator
OS: Windows, MacOS, Linux, Solaris
Overview: Zoiper Communicator IAX & SIP softphone is a converged Internet communication tool combining high-quality voice and video calls, fax, instant messaging and presence through a contact-centric intuitive interface.