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.
This is a review of Bria for iPad Version 3.8.1, the latest version available in the iTunes store as of 1/5/17.
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 allows 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.
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 220.127.116.11750
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.
The following review was conducted in August 2016.
Grandstream Wave is a free softphone app that aims to bolster remote working and replace cell phone services. Wave allows you to make and receive calls on your business or residential SIP accounts on any Android or iOS device. The app can operate from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Wave seeks to rid your phone of costly cell phone bills, relying on VoIP and instead of aging cell phone networks.
Since starting our company in 2004, we’ve been dreaming of the day when mobile devices replace desktop phones. Imagine your desk minus the old school desk phone. You sit down, remove your cell phone from your pocket, and without doing anything, you are ready to make and receive 4-digit extension calls within your office phone network.
As a standards-based XMPP client, Psi can connect to any number of the most popular IM clients on the open Jabber IM network ( i.e. Google Talk ). Psi can also connect to other popular IM networks that do not use the same protocol using gateways, programs on the server that translate events from one instant messaging network into events that Jabber users can view as standard Jabber events.