with Ontario-based Fongo
to offer Dell Voice
, a VoIP app exclusively available exclusively in Canada that offers a Canadian phone number and free calls to most of Canada. Also, incoming calls and Dell Voice-to-Dell Voice calls are free of charge. This reminds me of how Dell partnered with Sightspeed
, now a part of Logitech
to offer a multi-party video conferencing service called Dell Video Chat. I reviewed the software
and it works well, but with free alternatives like Skype, having the ability to do 9-way (3x3) Brady Bunch video is a very niche application. Practically nobody has ever heard of Dell Video Chat, so here let me share a couple screenshots of it...
Screenshot of me testing it:
2x2 (4-way video call)
I suspect Dell Voice will suffer the same ignominious fate as Dell Video Chat. There's just too much competition, including superior offerings from Google Voice, Skype, and most recently Vonage
. It's like Dell is getting killed by their core market (PCs & laptops) by the explosion of the tablet and they're trying anything to diversify. Dell mobile phones - fail; Dell Video Chat - fail, Dell Voice - soon to fail.
In any case, the Dell Voice app currently available for Android, iOS and Windows (Desktop), with a Blackberry version coming. You can port your existing number for $25. Although this app is only available on the Canadian iTunes
and Android app
stores, there are hacks around that.
Google is your friend!