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!
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).