Although this app is not yet available in the iTunes app store, the folks at C2Call ("Click-To-Call“) can’t wait to get the word out. The FriendCaller for the iPhone (News - Alert) and the iPod touch is a VoIP app that “breaks down all barriers between different social networks, VoIP services and Operating Systems,” company officials said in a statement.
With everyone using different social networking or unified communications platforms, FriendCaller now eliminates that barrier. Who cares if your friends are using Skype (News - Alert) or Goggle Talk, Facebook, MySpace, Windows, MAC or Linux, with FriendCaller you can call all of them and best of all, for free! Plus, it works everywhere.
FriendCaller (News - Alert) doesn’t require any software installation. It's a Java-based temporary browser applet that is loaded onto your browser when you log-in to the Website or click on a call-invite link. Since FriendCaller does not require any installation, you can use it wherever you have access to the Internet making Web-based internet calls as convenience as writing an email.
You can send e-mails from the FriendCaller app or from the Website with Callme links by placing a Callme button in any one of your profiles or all of them!
FriendCaller works with browsers such as Internet Explorer 6+, Mozilla Firefox or Safari on Windows Vista/XP, MAC OS-X or Linux. FriendCaller uses the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 5.0 or higher that has been preinstalled on almost every PC since Q4/2004. Older PCs can update free. The PC must have an Internet connection and mic/speaker or a headset.
For those interested in the application and cannot wait until Apple (News - Alert) approves the app, FriendCaller is currently available online. When FriendCaller becomes part of the iTunes App Store, the Website and app work seamless together therefore, you can use your FriendCaller account that was created online for your iPhone or iPod Touch. Users can even import contacts from their Webmail or from iPhone contacts.
Worried about maintenance? Don’t, FriendCaller is a temporary applet that is loaded from the Internet with each session. If there is an updated version available you will automatically using it with your next call.
Even though, FriendCaller doesn’t support STUN and calls through Proxies, both are not required in most environments. STUN (Simple Traversal of UDP (News - Alert) through NATs) is a protocol for assisting devices behind a NAT firewall or router with their packet routing. The company plans to implement STUN and Proxy support later on down the line.
The FriendCaller app from C2Call sounds exciting as well as convenient, merging together all platforms for seamless interaction with friends or coworkers. Hope Apple approves quickly!
Jessica Kostek is a channel editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Jessica’s articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Jessica Kostek