3CX Free SIP Softphone

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3CX Free SIP Softphone

3CX has announced the release of a totally free new VoIP softphone called 3CX VoIP Phone that allows users to make and receive calls from their computer using SIP-based VoIP providers or SIP-based IP-PBXs. This free SIP softphone client isn't the first "free" softphone on the market. That distinction belongs to Counterpath's popular X-lite SIP softphone. However, I'm glad to see more free SIP softphones on the market.

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In fact, I'd like to see free SIP softphone clients for Windows Mobile and the iPhone. Counterpath, had one for the PocketPC but they discontinued it. Of course, you can install fring, which includes a SIP client, and you can IM or call Skype, MSN Messenger, ICQ, and Google Talk. fring is compatible with Symbian 8, 9.1, 9.2, Windows Mobile 5 & 6 and UIQ handsets. GizmoProject and SJPhone are two other options that work on several mobile handset models. I'd also like to see more standardized video softphone clients so you can have videoconference calls from your mobile phone to someone running a softphone client on their PC or Mac.

In any event, one of the key features of 3CX VoIP Phone is its integration with Microsoft Outlook. Users can launch calls directly from their contacts' list within Outlook by just right-clicking on the name of the person they wish to call.

Nick Galea, CEO at 3CX said: "3CX VoIP Phone is great for businesses that wish to have an easy to deploy, business-level VoIP soft phone. Because it is free, the usual hassle of administration of client licenses is avoided. The free editions of other VOIP phones do not have key features such as call transfer or the ability to put a call on hold.

Nick put a "green" spin on using softphones over hardphones when he said, "VoIP Phones are an interesting option for businesses - they are easy to administer and environmentally friendly. Hardware phones require additional electricity, administration and desk space."

3CX VoIP Phone of course somes with a dial pad, buttons for transferring or forwarding calls, put calls on hold,  accept, reject or ignore calls, and more. You can also review your history of calls.

Features of 3CX VoIP Phone
  • Supports several SIP profiles
  • Shows personal call log/history - ideal for salespeople
  • Message Waiting Indication (MWI)
  • Supports G.711 (A-Law and u-Law), GSM, iLBC and Speex codecs
  • STUN support for NAT/firewall traversal
  • Installation provided as MSI for easy deployment
The new 3CX VoIP Phone can be downloaded here.


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