Gizmo for Windows 4.0.5.400 for Windows

by SIPphone

Avg. Rating 4.6 (255 votes)

File Details

File Size 13.0 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows 2000/Vista/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 29,583
Publisher SIPphone
Homepage Gizmo
Other Versions

Publisher's Description

Gizmo uses your Internet connection (broadband or dial-up) to make calls to other computers. With the click of a mouse, you're connected to friends, family, and colleagues anywhere on earth. It's just that simple. You talk clearly for as long as you want for free.

With inexpensive add-ons like Call In and Call Out, you can talk to any telephone, mobile or landline on the planet.

Latest Reviews

netean

netean reviewed v4.0.5.392 on Sep 17, 2009

U used to like Gizmo, it was a decent alternative to Skype. Credit purchased thru gizmo lasts forever, wheras Skype's didn't (don't know if that's still the case?)

Call quality used to be excellent. But Skype's has improved no end of late.

Sadly the big let down is:
The interface: just terrible, confusing and irregular - somewhere in there are my IM contacts, but hard to tell where or what they are
As previously mentioned. The auto spamming of my IM clients telling them I'm using Gizmo (not good, not good at all - just don't do that!)

Also on the downside. I think Skype has upped it's game a lot of late, and I think, got a million times better than it was.

For the record Openwengo has changed it's name to Qutecom
http://www.qutecom.org/

but it's absolutely terrible at present. very very buggy.

If you want free voice /VOIP I'd stick with any of these:
Google Talk
WIndows Live Messenger
Skype

I really wouldn't bother witih gizmo anymore.

Sadly!

StreetGuru

StreetGuru reviewed v4.0.5.389 on Jun 2, 2009

This was the worst on-line shopping experience I've ever had till date. I bought a $35 DID number with Gizmo5 through google checkout. There was a delay of almost 24h until the number finally show up on my gizmo account page and when it finally does, it doesn't work at all. There is no customer support number for gizmo5 or any direct email addresses - the only contact platform with the company is through an online form on the website. After contacted they tell me that they acquire this numbers from different vendors and were contacting the one in question to find out what the problem was. One day later i am told that the number was erroneously posted as available on the website but that they would offer me a replacement. I accepted their proposed number but after that I hear nothing else from them until 3 days later - in spite of my repeated attempts to contact the company - when they tell me that the replacement number is no longer available!!! They then offer me yet a different replacement number, this time from a completely different area code and far inferior to the one purchased initially - and on the condition of having to pay an additional 100% of what i had already originally paid. I have since been writhing to them demanding either an equivalent replacement number or a refund and have no answer at all. In the meanwhile the original number was taken out of my account page and no refund offered.
This people are a very bad joke, stay well back!!

Aegis69

Aegis69 reviewed v4.0.5.389 on Mar 10, 2009

Anyone tried this?

http://www.internetcalls.com/en/index.html

Other than that, I liked OpenWengo but it appears to be gone now.

pep086

pep086 reviewed v4.0.4.385 on Sep 2, 2008

full of advertisement, it is not friendly, in fact if u want to make a conference you have to follow some steps, and it stills doesn't work.
use the skype that's the best user friendly VOIP program, its a pity that you have to pay for the calls but its the best one

dgtlchlk

dgtlchlk reviewed v4.0.3.383 on Jul 29, 2008

Looked like a great alternative right up until the moment I started up version 4 and it logged into all my IM accounts it had saved from version 2. It then proceeded to message every single one of them with a message proclaiming that I was using Gizmo and they should give it a try.

It had much promise but for the blatant lack of choice it just has to go.

Tao2005

Tao2005 reviewed v4.0.3.382 on Jul 28, 2008

LOL, I agree with legion. How ever, if that where so, it would have to offer the gateways for free, instead of fee.

legion

legion reviewed v4.0.3.382 on Jul 26, 2008

Skype killer :)

some guy

some guy reviewed v4.0.3.369 on May 22, 2008

nice clean non bloat great !

netean

netean reviewed v4.0.2.360 on Apr 11, 2008

I use gizmo on two laptops and on my nokia mobile phone. It works and works well. If you buy call out, it stays on your account until you use it (unlike Skype where it "Expires"!!!)

The only downside is the interface, it's bloody awful.. the icons at the bottom are meaningless and it's impossible to easily see what network a contact is on: is it google talk, msn, skype, or gizmo...

Openwengo, looks much much nicer, pity I can't seem to dial anywhere with it!

jrtheinert

jrtheinert reviewed v4.0.0.338 on Feb 28, 2008

This is not really a review, but provides some helpful info on other ratings. First, I am one of the developers for Gizmo Project, which has been rebranded as Gizmo5.

Version 4.0.0.338 is our first official release with video and IM gateways. Any reviews of 4.0 prior to 338 were done as beta releases. There have been significant improvements in stability since those betas. I invite all users of Gizmo Project/Gizmo5 beta to upgrade to version 338 and write a new review.

FYI, we are planning a maintenance release for next week which will fix a few more minor issues.

Avg. Rating 4.6 (255 votes)
Your Rating
netean

netean reviewed v4.0.5.392 on Sep 17, 2009

U used to like Gizmo, it was a decent alternative to Skype. Credit purchased thru gizmo lasts forever, wheras Skype's didn't (don't know if that's still the case?)

Call quality used to be excellent. But Skype's has improved no end of late.

Sadly the big let down is:
The interface: just terrible, confusing and irregular - somewhere in there are my IM contacts, but hard to tell where or what they are
As previously mentioned. The auto spamming of my IM clients telling them I'm using Gizmo (not good, not good at all - just don't do that!)

Also on the downside. I think Skype has upped it's game a lot of late, and I think, got a million times better than it was.

For the record Openwengo has changed it's name to Qutecom
http://www.qutecom.org/

but it's absolutely terrible at present. very very buggy.

If you want free voice /VOIP I'd stick with any of these:
Google Talk
WIndows Live Messenger
Skype

I really wouldn't bother witih gizmo anymore.

Sadly!

StreetGuru

StreetGuru reviewed v4.0.5.389 on Jun 2, 2009

This was the worst on-line shopping experience I've ever had till date. I bought a $35 DID number with Gizmo5 through google checkout. There was a delay of almost 24h until the number finally show up on my gizmo account page and when it finally does, it doesn't work at all. There is no customer support number for gizmo5 or any direct email addresses - the only contact platform with the company is through an online form on the website. After contacted they tell me that they acquire this numbers from different vendors and were contacting the one in question to find out what the problem was. One day later i am told that the number was erroneously posted as available on the website but that they would offer me a replacement. I accepted their proposed number but after that I hear nothing else from them until 3 days later - in spite of my repeated attempts to contact the company - when they tell me that the replacement number is no longer available!!! They then offer me yet a different replacement number, this time from a completely different area code and far inferior to the one purchased initially - and on the condition of having to pay an additional 100% of what i had already originally paid. I have since been writhing to them demanding either an equivalent replacement number or a refund and have no answer at all. In the meanwhile the original number was taken out of my account page and no refund offered.
This people are a very bad joke, stay well back!!

Aegis69

Aegis69 reviewed v4.0.5.389 on Mar 10, 2009

Anyone tried this?

http://www.internetcalls.com/en/index.html

Other than that, I liked OpenWengo but it appears to be gone now.

pep086

pep086 reviewed v4.0.4.385 on Sep 2, 2008

full of advertisement, it is not friendly, in fact if u want to make a conference you have to follow some steps, and it stills doesn't work.
use the skype that's the best user friendly VOIP program, its a pity that you have to pay for the calls but its the best one

dgtlchlk

dgtlchlk reviewed v4.0.3.383 on Jul 29, 2008

Looked like a great alternative right up until the moment I started up version 4 and it logged into all my IM accounts it had saved from version 2. It then proceeded to message every single one of them with a message proclaiming that I was using Gizmo and they should give it a try.

It had much promise but for the blatant lack of choice it just has to go.

Tao2005

Tao2005 reviewed v4.0.3.382 on Jul 28, 2008

LOL, I agree with legion. How ever, if that where so, it would have to offer the gateways for free, instead of fee.

legion

legion reviewed v4.0.3.382 on Jul 26, 2008

Skype killer :)

some guy

some guy reviewed v4.0.3.369 on May 22, 2008

nice clean non bloat great !

netean

netean reviewed v4.0.2.360 on Apr 11, 2008

I use gizmo on two laptops and on my nokia mobile phone. It works and works well. If you buy call out, it stays on your account until you use it (unlike Skype where it "Expires"!!!)

The only downside is the interface, it's bloody awful.. the icons at the bottom are meaningless and it's impossible to easily see what network a contact is on: is it google talk, msn, skype, or gizmo...

Openwengo, looks much much nicer, pity I can't seem to dial anywhere with it!

jrtheinert

jrtheinert reviewed v4.0.0.338 on Feb 28, 2008

This is not really a review, but provides some helpful info on other ratings. First, I am one of the developers for Gizmo Project, which has been rebranded as Gizmo5.

Version 4.0.0.338 is our first official release with video and IM gateways. Any reviews of 4.0 prior to 338 were done as beta releases. There have been significant improvements in stability since those betas. I invite all users of Gizmo Project/Gizmo5 beta to upgrade to version 338 and write a new review.

FYI, we are planning a maintenance release for next week which will fix a few more minor issues.

inmiaminow

inmiaminow reviewed v4.0.0.338 on Feb 17, 2008

What a relief to be done with Skype/ebay/ Paypal et.al. I find Gizmo's quality better, the interface more pleasing, the functionality superior and the customer service worse....but hopefully there won't be much need for them. The Gizmo Project is like the iphone of virtual phones. I was reluctant to give up my Skyplein after two plus years but am now pleased I did.

VictorAnderson

VictorAnderson reviewed v4.0.0.338 on Feb 14, 2008

I'm going to give it a 3 because of their tech support.
All I've wanted to do for the past 6 months is ONE thing: Use my gizmo account with native Windows Mobile 6 VoIP. I've got it 99.9% working - only problem is that is very hard to hear the person I'm talking too - and I'm pretty sure that's a problem with the codec I'm using.

If anyone out here (or Gizmo developers - you giys reading this) has a clue for me that would be great!

johnmcneely

johnmcneely reviewed v4.0.0.325 on Dec 24, 2007

I switched from Skype to Gizmo (which I had tried and abandoned about 2 years ago) to see if it had improved. It had!! A lot!! Skype's Call-in number had gotten to $60 per year and although their outbound service could be purchased at a flat rate (when I did it the cost was $19.95, now I think it's up to $29.95) I really wanted a standards-based connection (SIP). I hope for everyone's sake that Gizmo is able to resists going to a flat-rate-based outbound service and here is why: Network capacity and maintenance costs are not flat rate, they are also variable based upon usage. Any carrier, VoIP or otherwise that uses a pricing model that is radically different than their cost structure ends up with a disincentive to invest in infrastructure to grow capacity and maintain performance, which ultimately is bad for the consumer, because the rates will have to change or the service will probably not be or stay good. I used to run Gizmo on my PC (still do but for a different account). But for my home phone service, I use an ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter) in my case the Grandstream HT-286 (about $40) and hooked it up to the inside phone wiring in my home (unplugged the local Telco outside at their connection point) abd the Ethernet side of the ATA to my DSL modem, so I run my home phones completely on Gizmo (no need to keep a PC on 24/7). I don't use it much because I have a cellphone, but it is great to have the capability. I just have to remember to dial a full 10-digit number to reach my 911 center rather than 911 that Gizmo won't process.

igoldsmid

igoldsmid reviewed v4.0.0.324 on Nov 29, 2007

Gizmo 4 is rubbish - and the support is non almost existent. I purchased $25.00 of their call out service about a year ago. Since version 4 as soon as Gizmo loads it crashes - can't ever get it to run now. And the money remaining on my account is effectively frozen. Can't get any response from their tech support about this. Why anyone now would want to choose this instead of SKYPE or any of several others that works properly - is beyond me..
Absolute thumbs down.

M^3

M^3 reviewed v4.0.0.324 on Nov 29, 2007

I never had a Problem with the version 3 series of Gizmo Project but I have yet to be able to connect with a version 4 build yet without a complete crash of the program. I also really wish they would stop installing an outdated version of Apple's Bonjour service over my up-to-date copy as well as stop installing Bonjour to the gizmo directory where other apps (such as pidgin) won't find it or won't work with it properly.

BTW igoldsmid, you can still get version 3.1 from their main download page http://www.gizmoproject.com/download.php

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