VoxOx Skype killer?

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VoxOx Skype killer?

voxox.jpgvoxox2.jpgVoxOx is a new unified communications client launched by San Diego based startup TelCentris. Think of it as Skype on steroids since it not only support VoIP, IM, and video conferencing, but it also supports social media, such as Facebook, SMS, fax, e-mail, and content sharing all in one unified desktop application.

VoxOx creates a "meta address book" of contacts from all of a user's disparate communications networks into a single user interface, accessible from any device. To ramp up they are providing a free phone number, along with two initial hours of free talk time. TelCentris' CEO Bryan Hertz is making their API open source in hopes of duplication what Skype has done with Skype Extras and their developer community.

Features include:
  • Full inbound/outbound calling capabilities
  • Voicemail and interactive voice response "personal assistant"
  • Two-way texting
  • Call forwarding and "one-number-follow-me service"
  • Inbound faxing and fax-to-e-mail
  • Landline replacement option
  • Interconnects users to major instant messaging networks (MSN, Yahoo, AIM, ICQ, Google Talk and others), allowing members from different IMs to chat and video conference with each other from one service
  • Integrates with all major social networks, including Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and others
  • Enables flexibility for integrating existing and future applications via its open standards platform

voxox3.jpgIt currently supports Windows and Mac, with Linux support coming soon.

One interesting feature is Call-Back, which is similar to Jajah and a feature lacking in Skype. feature is what sets  Call-Back allows you to initiate a call-back via the Web or via SMS. Under the Web callback tab, you enter the phone number for are located as well as the number you are trying to call and VoxOx will call you from a local number.

Skype has a lot of momentum, and there have been a lot of "pretenders" to the Skype throne. However, VoxOx has a lot of "eye candy" with an iPhone skin which might attract users. It also has an interesting feature-set and the 120 free minutes might entice users to check it out.

To download VoxOx, head here.

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