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James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

Monday, November 9, 2009
11 years ago5,793 views

<<Gizmo5 is a good fit with a number of Google products. Google Talk allows voice calls between users but has no PSTN link to allow incoming or outbound calls to real phones. Gizmo5 does this well already.

And Google Voice is a great VoIP and phone identity service, but they have no endpoint for calls. Gizmo5, which by the way already integrates with Google Voice, is a soft phone end point for Google phone users. In other words, you will be able to make and receive calls to your Google Voice phone number from your computer.

This looks to me like Gizmo5 will be the glue that puts Google Voice and Google Talk together into a single product. And that product looks a lot like a Skype competitor.>>

| techcrunch.com/2009/11/09/excl ... |

Luka [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Nothing confirmed but techcrunch is pretty sure of its news...

DPic [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

If this is true, which it sounds like it is, i'm EXTREMELY excited for the results.

DPic [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

wired.com/epicenter/2009/11/go ...

This, combined with conference calling for google voice/video chat (coming soon), will really complete the Google Talk/Google Voice apps. We'll finally be able to make a phone call from gmail, or answer a call from the computer

Am i the only one who''s jumping out of their pants for this?

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I would be if there was any chance of it coming out in countries other than the US any time soon.

Q [PersonRank 2]

11 years ago #

Kevin Carmony, a former CEO of another company by Gizmo5's founder Michael Robertson, warns about his business practices. He has been compaining about Robertson's criminal activities and suggests that Gizmo5's assets are not worth that much. He even mentions the possibility that this buyout rumor was started by Robertson to make it worth more.

kevincarmony.blogspot.com/2009 ...
kevincarmony.blogspot.com/2009 ...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Ca ...

So if this report was true, Google might be making a big mistake.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here]googlevoice: Happy to announce we've acquired Gizmo5

googlevoiceblog.blogspot.com/2 ...

Confirmed.

"Today we're pleased to announce we've acquired Gizmo5, a company that provides Internet-based calling software for mobile phones and computers. While we don't have any specific features to announce right now, Gizmo5's engineers will be joining the Google Voice team to continue improving the Google Voice and Gizmo5 experience. Current Gizmo5 users will still be able to use the service, though we will be suspending new signups for the time being, and existing users will no longer be able to sign up for a call-in number."

"We welcome the Gizmo5 team to Google and look forward to working together to bringing more useful features to Google Voice."

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Great.

DPic [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Now we'll just have to wait a year before they actually release anything new from this deal!

Jérôme Flipo [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I've opened a Gizmo5 account yesterday, as Google usually freezes new account creation after acquisition and offer their new product to the users fo their new property first...

Guess what? "New user signup has been suspended"! I hope we'll receive invite for upcoming service soon – by soon I mean a little less than the GrandCentral waiting time :)

mbegin [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Ha, cool! Yeah I opened a Gizmo5 account on Monday too when I first saw this :)

mbegin [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I also downloaded the Gizmo5 applications on Monday... Which appear to still be available, but I wonder for how long??

download.gizmo5.com/GizmoDownl ...

download.gizmo5.com/GizmoDownl ...

gizmo5.com/pc/download/linux?P ...

mbegin [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Sorry, the Linux versions are here:

74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:P ...

DPic [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

why would they take away the application?

Above 14 comments were made in the forum before this was blogged,

mbegin [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

The applications are no longer available unless you view a cached page or know the download URL... And downloads from other Google acquisitions usually disappear shortly after Google takes over...

Libran Lover [PersonRank 4]

11 years ago #

Can't believe it! I signed up for a Gizmo account just this morning. By afternoon, saw the official Google announcement. Now, I am not able to download the Gizmo client. The GV-Gizmo integration is also nowhere to be seen on the site. Hopefully, Google will release its own version of the intrgration sooner rather than later.

DPic [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

it seems that Gizmo is compatible with the SIP standard, but doesn't let you connect to gizmo using a SIP client. Perhaps this will be the first change from Google?

[put at-character here]mbegin [Up] blogoscoped.com/forum/163149.h ...
yes, i just don't see why they'd do that.

Nick Spacek [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

I think the integration is that you can add your Gizmo5 phone number to the list of phones in Google Voice (I did that already).

Red Pepper [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

magicJack Users Can Now Call Using Gizmo5

Users of the magicJack can now place and receive calls using almost any phone provider in the world including Gizmo5 recently acquired by Google. To top it off, magicJack users now also have a means of connecting directly to office PBX systems using the industry standard SIP communications protocol.

To take advantage of these new "open network" calling possibilities, magicJack users simply need to install the new SIP dialer software plugin "XlitejackPlugin". "XlitejackPlugin" allows magicJack and SIP calls to be placed concurrently from the same regular or cordless phone.

The SIP dialer software plugin supports the use of Counterpath Corporation's X-Lite SIP softphone dialer. Almost every phone provider in the world provides setup instructions and support for using the X-Lite SIP softphone dialer with their networks.

To place SIP calls, just dial # before the number you want to call. Regular magicJack calls are placed as normal. For incoming calls, just answer the phone when it rings.

"XlitejackPlugin" can be downloaded at www.pcphonesoft.com

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corlyon [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

Great,Google give us more choices.

Roschelle [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

And to think that just 10 years ago google....the act of googling....being googled...any of those terms would have probably landed in the nut house. Google is a powerhouse. I love the new dashboard

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