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Only Gizmo supports free call recording, making it a close second to Skype.
GIZMO PROJECT - CHRONICLER OF CALLS
Gizmo ran a close second with Skype in all of our testing, especially in terms of call quality. Gizmo-to-Gizmo calls sounded best (although slightly worse than Skype-to-Skype calls), with the expected hits when calling landlines and cell phones.
On a few points, Gizmo was even superior to Skype, most noticeably in its ability to record calls. Gizmo saves calls as high-quality WAV files, making it perfect for podcasters who want to record phone interviews. Gizmo was also alone in providing free voicemail, and it was the only service that displayed our purchased phone number in a recipient’s caller ID when we called a landline or cell phone. (Skype and SightSpeed both displayed blocked-number messages on recipients’ caller ID screens.)
Those pluses are balanced with a few minuses, however. While conference calls are free, they’re created when all parties dial a preset phone number, which is less convenient than Skype’s method of simply inviting other users to an existing conversation. Conference calls support only calls from within Gizmo, which excludes landlines and cell phones from participating. The app lacks support for video calls, and for the wide array of phone-like handsets that work with Skype out of the box.
The bottom line. For users who consider built-in call recording essential, Gizmo could very well prove a better choice than Skype.
COMPANY: Gizmo Project
PRICE: Free for computer-to-computer calls, per-minute charges for calls to landlines or cell phones, additional charges
for other features
REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS 10.3.9 or later, microphone
Good sound quality. Free voicemail and call recording. Rates for calls to landlines and cell phones competitive with Skype’s. Universal binary.
No support for video. Lacks the support from hardware manufacturers that Skype enjoys. Awkward conference calling.
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