I "heart" AIM Phoneline-but not Skype, Yahoo Voice or Vonage softphone

With one of the pins on my BlackBerry's USB port unsoldered due to carelessness on my part and in the shop I have been using softphones even more than usual this week.Over the last few days I have been conducting several conversations over AOL's AIM Phoneline, Yahoo!

With one of the pins on my BlackBerry's USB port unsoldered due to carelessness on my part and in the shop I have been using softphones even more than usual this week.

Over the last few days I have been conducting several conversations over AOL's AIM Phoneline, Yahoo! Voice, Skype, and even my Vonage softphone.

Bug report:

Vonage Softphone cuts in and out. And I am running it on a new Media Center PC. Not only that, but my Vonage Softphone goes to voice mail on first ring, even though I have set it to kick over to VM after 45 seconds. 30 seconds didn't work for me, either. And when I disabled VM, callers were kicked over to a busy signal.

Yahoo! Voice is generally pretty OK, but one of yesterday's converses- one with an old girlfriend 2,400 miles away who really needed consolation- sounded like it was in a fish tank. And I am tired off all those pop-ups, mail alerts and  interruptions when I am on Yahoo! Voice.

Something is up with my SkypeOut. I see Chinese characters and lots of squares in the icons and feature listings. Yea, yea, removed Skype via Add/Remove Programs, reinstalled and still the squares are there. I don't even know how to use chopsticks, not to mention being able to read Mandarin. 

But AIM Phoneline works like a charm. Easy, intuitive interface. Clear voice quality. Intuitive calling interface and voice controls.

No muss, no fuss. Works for Russ. 

Full disclosure: My BlackBerry blog BBHub's publisher is owned by AOL- which also owns AIM (once more commonly known as AOL Instant Messenger).  

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