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By Macworld staff
SIP-based (Session Initiation Protocol) Mac communications provider Nikotel is moving to an open-source model for development of its IP-telephony applications for Macs.
The company signs up [b:278ae7ca9b]500 new Mac users every day who want to be able to make cheap telephone calls across the world using Macs and the Internet.[/b:278ae7ca9b]
Its Mac application is called Mac2Phone. The next version of this application, which will be released as open-source code, will integrate SIP-based video conferencing. The company is also preparing solutions for the Windows, Solaris and Linux platforms.
SIP is a standard that supports voice communications over IP. It is emerging as the strongest contender in the industry, establishing support from blue-chip companies including, Reuters, Microsoft and a variety of telecoms providers.
Mac2Phone users can communicate between each other using their Macs (or other platforms) [b:278ae7ca9b]at no charge.[/b:278ae7ca9b] The system also supports calls to land lines and mobile phones, though these are chargeable. Nikotel operates a competitive tariff for such calls.
[b:278ae7ca9b]Users can also receive calls from mobile, fixed analogue phone-lines, or SIP-based telephones. Users must be running OS X 10.2, and have a microphone and speaker installed.[/b:278ae7ca9b]
The Mac2Phone software is [b:278ae7ca9b]freeware[/b:278ae7ca9b] and is available directly from Nikotel’s Web site.