The following review was conducted in September 2017.
Linphone is an open source softphone originally developed for Linux by Belledonne Communications, although it now has clients for Windows, Mac OSX, Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry. It is designed to work with the Linphone free SIP service, but can also be used as a client for other SIP providers.
In this review, we take a look at how Linphone performs in terms of everyday use, including voice and video calling, conferencing, messaging, and more. For this review, we tested on Linphone 4.1.1 on Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS release.
The following review was conducted in August 2017.
Zoiper 3 for Windows (Zoiper Biz 3.14.38765) is a PC softphone that supports voice and video calling, chat, and fax, among other features. The app can work with any SIP provider and PBX, which makes it very flexible. In this review, we ran v. 3.14.38765 and used a computer running Windows 10.
The following review was conducted in August 2017, using Jitsi Desktop for Mac version 2.10.5550.
Jitsi has been around since 2003. We reviewed the desktop softphone app in 2011, and recently in 2017 for Linux. While Jitsi's functionality is fairly similar across platforms, we wanted to review Jitsi for Mac again, to see what's changed. As the premier open source softphone solution, Jitsi certainly deserves a fresh look.
Jitsi Desktop for Ubuntu is a mature open source soft phone that has been under development since 2003 (in its original incarnation as SIP Communicator). It's maintained by the Jitsi community, which now also supports several other projects focused on video conferencing.
Renamed to Jitsi Desktop from Jitsi phone, it offers support for AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, IPP, IPTel, IRC and XMPP, so it functions as a unified communications program. Perhaps the most exciting feature is that Jitsi features desktop sharing, which is an interesting use of video telephony.
Zoiper for Android is a VoIP softphone for Android devices, including phones and tablets. Zoiper supports IAX and SIP. It's primed for remote working, and is capable of fully replacing a desk phone. There are two versions of the softphone, a free version and a premium version. The premium (gold) version includes wideband codecs, conferencing, encryption (ZRTP), and call transfer at $8.49. We'll make a distinction between the free and premium version throughout the article.
Can Zoiper for Android truly replace a desk phone? And how does it live up to other softphones such as Bria and Grandstream Wave? We performed a comprehensive review to find out.
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 22.214.171.124750
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.
The following review was conducted in September 2016.
Zoiper is an audio/video softphone app for desktop and mobile devices. It's currently available on Mac, PC, Linux, Android, and iOS. The softphone app is designed for a variety of users, including individuals, service providers, call centers, or any organization looking for a business grade phone app. In addition to audio and video calling, Zoiper also supports instant messaging, BLF, presence, and faxing.