[MLB-WIRELESS] Free P2P phones will pressure telcos

Fenn Bailey fenn_b at smktech.com.au
Wed Nov 12 14:01:33 EST 2003

On the note of this sort of thing, you should probably have a quick look at
FWD (Free World Dial) at http://www.fwd.pulver.com/, which is a world-wide
directory for VOIP and has about 70,000 members at this point and a
searchable directory.

Uses the SIP protocol (rather than h.323) and it's pretty good. I am
currently vaguelly in the process of trying to setup a local outbound SIP
proxy (ideally NAT traversal) to get around a lot of the inherent problems
with VOIP, but nothing as yet.

I personally couldn't get Skype working in any particularly useful form and
also don't like it as it's proprietary and non-open (source or otherwise).

Checkout FWD. I know there's already a few of the Wireless guys (Rob Clark,
myself, etc) already on it.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-melbwireless at wireless.org.au
> [mailto:owner-melbwireless at wireless.org.au]On Behalf Of
> andrewg at d2.net.au
> Sent: Tuesday, 11 November 2003 11:16 PM
> To: matthew.c.boyd at uts.edu.au
> Cc: melbwireless at wireless.org.au
> Subject: Re: [MLB-WIRELESS] Free P2P phones will pressure telcos
> Possibly something that might be interesting,
> http://mall.pulltheplug.com/~andrewg/
> Its a VoIP thing I'm doing for the irc users for pulltheplug people,
> Conference calls aren't setup since we need to get a timing src thingy
> loaded, and its a kinda production machine (or alternatively, there may be
> another box spare for us to use at some stages.)
> Generally, 200ms isn't that bad - depending on what your aims are.
> > How do these things actually work, how does it reduce latency by being
> > distributed? Surely that works for file sharing but not when you've got
> > one  source and one destination as you would have in a phone call.
> > I can see a market for IP phones and wireless but the whole kazaa link
> > seems like hype... hmm hype.. skype is this a coincidence? I'm yet to
> > stumble across a decent software voip solution that works over the
> > internet  where you can't get consistent sub 200ms pings across the same
> > continent,  let alone to another country.
> >
> > My 2c
> > Matt
> >
> >
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