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Nimbuzz joins the iPhone and iPod Touch VOiP race – bridging the 3G VOiP gap

Nimbuzz themselves calls their latest version of the VOiP application for the iPhone and iPod Touch the most comprehensive application available to date, therefore beating the likes of Fring and Truphone that has been delivering Skype calls for the iPod Touch and the iPhone for a few months now.

Nimbuzz is a free mobile social messenger application for the iPhone and iPod Touch that is available to download from the iTunes App Store, providing instant messaging and VOiP across such popular platforms as Skype, Live Messenger, Yahoo messenger, ICQ, Google Talk, AIM, as well as social networks such as Facebook and MySpace.

The new additions to the latest version of Nimbuzz includes the dial-pad and the ability to make VOiP calls to landlines and mobile phones through Skype Out and Nimbuzz’s selection of SIP providers, such as Gizmo5, sipgate, and Vyke. All of this is available to iPod Touch users through WiFi, while for iPhone users it also brings the ability to make VOiP calls using the Nimbuzz dial-up VOiP in over 50 countries worldwide – thereby bridging the iPhone 3G connection VOiP gap.

You can find out more about Nimbuzz and download their applications from their website. Here are some additional facts about Nimbuzz as well.

  • Signed global manufacturer partnerships with Toshiba, RIM, and Spice Mobiles!
  • 1 new user in less than 4 seconds – or well over 20,000 new users a day.
  • 95% would recommend Nimbuzz to a friend (based on 10/08 user survey with 15,000 respondents).
  • Only mobile social messaging aggregator to ever win the prestigious Red Herring Global 100 award.
  • Winner of Best Mobile, Best VoIP and Best IM app at the Top Mobile 20 awards

We will return with more information once we have had a chance to fully test the service.

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2 Responses to "Nimbuzz joins the iPhone and iPod Touch VOiP race – bridging the 3G VOiP gap"

  1. Imran Malik says:

    Impressive piece of information, let me elaborate more on VoIP. Voice over Internet Protocol has been around since many years. But due to lack of sufficient and affordable bandwidth it was not possible to carry carrier grade voice over Internet Protocol. But since the arrival of low cost internet bandwidth and new speech codecs such as G.729, G.723 which utilizes very low payload to carry carrier class voice it has recently been possible to leverage the true benefits of VoIP. G.723 codec utilizes only 6 Kbps (Kilo Bytes/sec) which is capable of maintaining a constant stream of data between peers and deliver carrier grade voice quality. Lets put this way if you have 8 Mbps internet connection, by using G.723 codec you can run upto 100 telephone lines with crystal clear and carrier grade voice quality. I am also a user of VoIP and have setup a small PBX at home. Since I have discovered VoIP I have never used traditional PSTN service.

    Dear readers, if you have not yet tried VoIP I suggest that you try VoIP technology and I bet you will never want to use the traditional PSTN phone service ever again. VoIP has far more superior features to offer which traditional PSTN sadly cannot offer.

    Also It has recently been possile to carry Video alongwith VoIP by using low payload video codecs. I cannot resist to tell you that by using T.38 passthrough and disabling VAD VoIP can carry FAX transmission, but beaware FAX T.38 passthrough will only work when using wide band protocols such as G.711, a-Law and u-Law.

    By using ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter) which converts VoIP signals into traditional PSTN you can also using Dial-up modems to connect to various dialup services. I wont go in to the details what VoIP can offer, to cut my story short VoIP is a must to have product for every business and individual.

    How VoIP Works

    When we make a VoIP call, a communication channel is established between caller and called party over IP (Internet Protocol) which runs on top of computer data networks. A telephony conversation that takes place over VoIP are converted into binary data packets streams in real time and transmitted over data network, when these data packets arrive at the destination these are again converted into standard telephony conversation. This whole process of voice conversion into data, transmission and data conversion into back voice conversation takes place within less than few milliseconds. That is how a VoIP is call is transmitted over data networks. I hope that now you understand basics of how a VoIP call takes place.

    What are speech codec’s and what role codec plays in VoIP?

    Speech codec play a vital role in VoIP and codec determines the quality and cost of the call. Let me explain you what exactly VoIP codec’s are and how they work. You may have heard about data compression, or probably you have heard about air compressor which compresses a volume of air in enclosed container, VoIP codec’s are no different than a air compressor. Speech codec’s compresses voice into data packets and decompresses it upon arrival at destination. Some VoIP codec’s can compress huge amount of voice while maintaining QoS which means use this type of codec will cost less because it will consume just a fraction of data network. Some codec’s are just not capable of encoding huge amount of voice they simply consume huge amount of data networks bandwidth hence the cost goes up.

    Following is a list of VoIP codec’s along with how much data network bandwidth they consume.

    * AMR Codec
    * BroadVoice Codec 16Kbps narrowband, and 32Kbps wideband
    * GIPS Family – 13.3 Kbps and up
    * GSM – 13 Kbps (full rate), 20ms frame size
    * iLBC – 15Kbps,20ms frame size: 13.3 Kbps, 30ms frame size
    * ITU G.711 – 64 Kbps, sample-based Also known as alaw/ulaw
    * ITU G.722 – 48/56/64 Kbps ADPCM 7Khz audio bandwidth
    * ITU G.722.1 – 24/32 Kbps 7Khz audio bandwidth (based on Polycom’s SIREN codec)
    * ITU G.722.1C – 32 Kbps, a Polycom extension, 14Khz audio bandwidth
    * ITU G.722.2 – 6.6Kbps to 23.85Kbps. Also known as AMR-WB. CELP 7Khz audio bandwidth
    * ITU G.723.1 – 5.3/6.3 Kbps, 30ms frame size
    * ITU G.726 – 16/24/32/40 Kbps
    * ITU G.728 – 16 Kbps
    * ITU G.729 – 8 Kbps, 10ms frame size
    * Speex – 2.15 to 44.2 Kbps
    * LPC10 – 2.5 Kbps
    * DoD CELP – 4.8 Kbps

    Switch to VoIP Today and you will never want to use traditional PSTN ever again.

    Thanks

    -Imran

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