OnSIP is a business VoIP service that uses SIP to provide end users the ability to make unconventional phone calls in a very conventional way: picking up a desk phone and dialing a number. Crank open the hood, and you’ll find that SIP technologies operate a lot like Google [Services] while behaving more like a Verizon [Telco]. The OnSIP & Highrise Click-To-Call mashup, for example, is a new Chrome extension that highlights how phone service as a software opens the gates to smarter business solutions.
In a bid for a larger chunk of the unified communications market, CounterPath announced an API for its Bria for Windows communications platform. The Vancouver company produces softphones, which allow users to make Internet phone calls (think Skype and Google Voice) from a computer or a mobile device. Although a relatively small player in the market, Counterpath has a respectable 10 million downloads of its client. Its client consists of X-lite, free, and Bria for commercial use. Bria offers voice and video over fixed, mobile and WiFi networks. It's ability to automatically switch to WiFi, allows users to stay connected while saving money.
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