X-Lite 4 : a freeware VoIP soft phone


X-Lite Soft Phone 4.0

X-Lite is a proprietary freeware VoIP soft phone that uses the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). X-Lite is developed by CounterPath Corporation, a Vancouver based software company. Version 4.0 was released in September 2010. X-Lite complements other non-free products offered by the company, like Bria, Bria iPad, eyeBeam, mobile gateways and SIP based developer tools.

X-Lite is available for Windows and Mac and  can be used to make audio/video calls and to send Instant Messages to a softphone, mobile or landline telephone number. X-Lite has some outstanding features. A comprehensive user guide is provided. I use X-Lite with a SIP account from my Internet provider Visual-Online in Luxembourg.

iNum : a global phone number of the ITU (+883)

An iNum is a new kind of global phone number that is not tied to any country or location. It uses a new +883 global country code that was recently created by the ITU (International Telecommunication Union). An iNum offers several compelling advantages:

  • It is a global phone number that will be able to be called from anywhere in the world
  • It is a portable phone number in that it is not tied to a specific country
  • Calls to an iNum can be free from some service providers and may be inexpensive from other providers
  • It is reachable from both the traditional Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and also from Voice-over-IP (VoIP) providers

The +883 country code used for iNums is still in the process of being deployed globally across the existing PSTN. As a result, users in some countries may not be able to dial an iNum directly on their existing PSTN carrier. To assist users whose carriers do not yet support the +883 country code, Voxbone, the carrier behind the iNum initiative, has set up local phone numbers in 45 countries. For Luxembourg, this number is +352 20880108. Simply dial this local access number and dial the chosen iNum afterwards.

iNum is an initiative launched by Voxbone, supplier of local telephone numbers to communications services providers and businesses worldwide. Voxbone is a privately held company with offices in Brussels, Singapore and Los Angeles.

An iNum will be automatically assigned to developers of a new application on the free VoiceXML VOXEO platform.