Calling London From The Faraway Towns

Title of this entry owes so much to The Clash. We all do.

Title of this entry owes so much to The Clash. We all do.

Over at thevoipweblog, Leonardo Faoro lets us know about a new service that will let anyone test their PC for VoIP. Offered by Brix Networks, TestYourVoIp.com places a short SIP call to any one of six cities you specify- Boston, Helsinki, London, Montreal, San Jose, or Sydney, Australia.

You specify your preferences, such as whether you want to err on the side of bandwidth efficiency or call quality. Well, duh... what the heck good is a bandwidth-efficient call ifthey can't hear ya on the other end?

I tried this service, and chose London, mate.Around 30 seconds later, a browser page popped up with my result. I got a 4.1, which, according to the annotated bar chart that appears on the page, is somewhere between "as good as a decent phone call" and "like calling next door."

Which isn't bad, considering that we're talking 4,909 miles, Great Circle Route.