FriendCaller Shows There Is Voice Beyond Skype

8 thoughts on “FriendCaller Shows There Is Voice Beyond Skype”

  1. Om, thanks for posting this article and alerting people to FriendCaller. Do you happen to know how it works under the hood? For example, is the Java client open source? Is the protocol open or closed? Is it based on peer-to-peer topology or do phone calls route through a nexus like Google Voice? Also, how is the sound quality? One of the things Skype has done well is that they got the audio codec down quite nicely. I wonder how FriendCaller’s audio codecs compare?

    1. It is great to see someone else doing web-based voice, I’ve been saying for ages that Java is a much better vehicle for this than Flash, especially because of the codec issue. I don’t know what codecs friendcaller support, but we at phonefromhere.com have g722 for wideband, gsm
      for narrowband and we are trialing skype’s SiLK which is sounding pretty good.

  2. Om,
    I’m definitely not new to this space and this statement:

    “From April 2010 to early August 2010, the two-year-old C2Call had generated $2 million in revenues”

    sounds like coming from another world… Any idea where revenues come from?

    1. Luca

      From what I understand, most of their money is coming from calls being made to off-network phones such as the cellphones and land lines. I guess people are paying for the minutes, as they do on other services.

    2. Luca, don’t forget this is revenue, not profit. It isn’t too hard to sell lots of international minutes if you are selling them at below cost. They may be building market by giving stuff away – that what venture backed companies tend to do.

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