PicoPhone - Make a free call

PicoPhone - Make a free call

PicoPhone is a simple Internet phone application with chat. If you want a more advanced application, that has also free video, file transfer, address book, that can free call regular phones, send free SMS messages to cellphones and more, take v-Phone.

I made Picophone, because all the Internet phones around are quite heavy and use complicated protocols, such as H.323, which has problems with NAPT routers. PicoPhone uses a simple UDP-based protocol, which works very well with NAPT. The program accepts connections on UDP port 11676 and makes connection to that port. Optionally a port number can follow the address (the colon is used as a separator), if the connection has to be made to another port (the NAPT router on the receiving side should convert the port number to the default 11676).

PicoPhone allows multiple concurrent free calls, but the audio device should allow multiple output streams to be opened simultaneously.

On incoming calls the program plays the file ringin.wav, which should be present in the default windows location for wav files or in the same directory of PicoPhone.

Here is the version 1.64. It is free.
Here is the version 1.40, if somebody dislikes the new user interface. It is also free.

If you don't have a static IP address or if you are behind a NAPT router, the Picoserver service can be useful to you. Register here.

Important information: Picophone connects to www.vitez.it to obtain the list of picoservers and the public IP address of the computer, where Picophone is running. Its connection attempts are not spyware.

Las instrucciones están disponibles en Español AQUÍ (cortesía de Manuel Moguilevsky).

Instructions in French are available here (thanks to Etienne Neuville).

Russian users can go here.

SMS Center. Send a free sms

SMS center is not a simple application for reading short messages, but a complete dispatching center. It is structured as an input-dispatcher-output engine. Messages can arrive from a GSM phone or module, from e-mail (SMS Center can act as a SMTP server or as a POP3 client), from web (it can act as a web server), from other SMS Centers in the LAN, from text files copied in the right location or simply they can be entered by the user. These messages are processed and rerouted to an output queue. This output queue permits to send the messages via GSM, via web (with different protocols), via e-mail (SMS Center can act as a SMTP client or as a MAPI client, where the messages are copied to the outbox of the preferred mail application), they can be put in a text file or simply on screen.

In connection with the Qnet Radio Automation software, the currently playing song can be used as an information to send.

Various statistics are collected, as the number of messages sent by a given number in the last day, the last week, the last month and in total. Other interesting features are present.

Download the manual for more information or download the demo version.


Voip said...

VOIP actually stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol or IP Phone, which means that you are making and receiving telephone calls from your high-speed Internet connection. This cannot be done using a dial-up connection, which makes almost no sense at all anyway.