Has Gizmo Project Become The New Skype for S60 Devices?
I think for about a year now we've been waiting for a Symbian Skype solution. Even during the release of the N800 Internet Tablet there were talks of Skype being available in the future. Have we put that waiting on hold?
Last month Gizmo Project became available for the N800 and included in the N95 as a way to set up your SIP profile settings. A few days ago Tommi announced that the Gizmo Project client was available to download for the N95 and on Gizmo's website downloads for the N80ie and E61i are also available.
It seems to me that Gizmo has become the front runner and people have stopped waiting on Skype to appear. In a sense I can see why... beyond the fact that its just taking too long to arrive.
On a daily basis I use many different devices.... the N95, N800, N75 and of course my laptop. I recently installed Gizmo Project to my laptop. The one thing that binds all of my devices together in the Gizmo Project is my SIP Id. I don't have to worry about being reachable because I have different means.
Now even though I am a stranger to VoIP because I don't live in an area with high-speed I count on blogs such as the king of VoIP, Andy Abramson who pointed me to an article of a slightly similar comparison by Ted Wallingford.
I liked Skype for many reasons. I'm sure I'll like Gizmo Project for many more. I think the frustration began when we couldn't use a mobile version of Skype without having a desktop connection. Yes these methods were the alternative method to the real thing and worked very well... but it's just not the real thing. I also recently found out that with Skype you can only use sms with certain carriers. I was fine setting this up with T-Mobile but with Cingular/AT&T of course it was a no-go.
Gizmo Project works with many things that I'm already using. Grand Central is compatible and there is even an option for GC users to add their Gizmo SIP number by means of "mapping". Gizmo offers the same feature of IM with contacts, which of course is a plus.
So now that VoIP is connecting us via our convergence devices... what future does Skype have?