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Voice Over IP Service

Published 06/01/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Adam Brown
What can you use the app for?

You can use the app to make or receive calls over your internet connection or from your iPhone at no cost. Vox requires no download or installs. The app also allows you to make video calls and organize calls between groups of people at no charge. For a fixed fee of 5 euro cents, you can send an SMS to anywhere in the world. You can also use the app to make calls with your own personal phone number to help ensure that people don't think the call is from somebody unknown. screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app? was founded in Slovenia by Chief Executive Officer Tomasz Stolfa and quickly won investment from Angel investors and Seedcamp. The fact that you can communicate straight from your browser helped the communicate obtain positive media coverage from Tech Crunch, Wired and other web magazines covering technology. The company differentiates itself from other popular Voice Over IP services by pointing out that you don't need to download anything to use it. Although the company was founded in Slovenia in 2010, it has since moved its base to San Francisco.

What are the differences to other apps?

The main difference is that you can make calls over Vox straight from your browser. Other popular services require plug ins, software downloads, or some other step before you can make the call. The company emphasizes the idea that Vox is great for short calls over the internet because it takes no effort to make them or receive them, besides the basic calling.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Using Vox is simple. You can make and receive calls straight from your browser. One of the main attractions of the app is that you don't need to download and extras. This idea has filtered through into the design of the app to give it a simple, clean interface. The main feature of your dashboard within the app is simply a box in which you type the phone number you want to call. Less prominent are features that allow you to see your call history, import your contacts from LinkedIn, or chat live.

How does the registration process work?

To register, you simply click the Sign Up button on the main page of the app. You must fill in your name, username, e-mail address and country of residence. You will then be guided through the simple process of giving Vox access to your microphone and camera. You are then reminded to include your phone number if you want it to appear when you are making a call. You can then start using Vox.

What does it cost to use the application?

Registration with the app is free. Costs incurred depend on the type of calling you do. If you are calling somebody else over the internet, the call is free. Vox charges 5 euro cents to send an SMS to anywhere in the world. Calls to land lines depend on where you are calling to and from. Before making a call to a land line, Vox offers you the possibility of seeing how much a call to that particular phone number will cost.

Who would you recommend the application to?

The application is worth checking out for anybody who uses any of the popular Voice Over IP services. Vox emphasizes convenience in all its features and is great for people who simply want the functionality of making calls over the internet without having to crowd their computer with new downloads.

  • Receive or make free calls over the internet.
  • No downloads or installs needed to use.
  • Free video calls available.
  • Organize a call between multiple people.
  • Send SMS for a fixed fee anywhere in the world. video

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