The following review was conducted in January 2017.
Counterpath's Bria for Mac is the macOS equivalent of the venerable softphone that's known to Android, iPhone, Linux, and other operating systems. The current iteration for Mac supports HD voice and video calling, click to call, speakerphone, mute, transfer, 3-way calling, and up to 3,000 presence-based contacts.
The following review was conducted in January 2017, and information on subsequent software updates and new version releases may not be reflected within. This review predates OnSIP’s mobile app for iOS and Android, free to OnSIP users, so is not affected by bias.
Bria for iPad is a softphone developed with the power user in mind, marketing itself as a business productivity application. It offers several multitasking features that allow users to work on other iPad apps while maintaining voice and video communications.
Bria for iPad targets the traveling business user and has some business class features, such as as automated call recording, presence, call forwarding, selective contact integration with Facebook and Google, and VPN support.
The following review was conducted in October 2016 on Bria iPhone Edition, Version 3.8.1 release, Build 36246.
Counterpath’s Bria is one of the most recognizable softphones on the market. The app first was first developed for Windows and OSX users, offering an all-in-one solution that handled voice, video, and presence under a single roof. Since then, Bria has expanded across multiple mobile platforms, including smartphones and tablets running Android and iOS.
Note: The following review discusses Bria for Android version 188.8.131.52750
The following review was conducted in October 2016
Bria is a long established softphone app produced by Counterpath. The app is now available on almost every mobile platform, including iOS, Android, iPad, and PC. We wanted to see how Bria for Android stacked up, so we had our team take it for a test drive.
You know what this review section needs? Another Bria review—two just isn’t enough. I’ve already published a write up of the Bria for iPhone and the Bria for Android, but somehow I left out the original Bria for Windows/Mac/Linux.
Bria for IPhone version 1.1.0 adds iOS4 multitasking and the inclusion of multiple accounts to the feature list. iOS4 multitasking allows users to receive calls with the application running in the background. It also allows users to remain on a call while browsing their other apps, which might come in handy at times.
The Bria for iPad software phone app was released over a year ago, and now that Counterpath has released Version 2.1.1 and packed it to the brim with features it didn’t have at launch, we figured it was as good a time as any to give it the full ‘OnSIP review’ treatment.