OoVoo 1.5 in the Wild. Hands-on with the Newest Version.

dialWe have long been fans of ooVoo’s 6-way video calling service. And now the company has given us even more to love. Today the VoIP company released its newest version that makes it a real Skype killer by offering calling to landline and mobile phones. The biggest news: from February 4 to March 1, 2008, users who download ooVoo 1.5 will receive two hours of free outbound calls on ooVoo to any landline or mobile phone in the U.S. and Canada from anywhere in the world. Who will you call? I have been testing out the new version now for a few hours. The interface hasn’t changed much, though there is now a tab on the main client for making calls to regular phones. A scroll down menu lets you choose what country you would like to dial, very much like Skype, but only the United States and Canada are available for calling as of now. Calls made to a cell phone sound quite good, though there is a bit of a delay. My initial tests didn’t indicate much difference in quality compared to SkypeOut calls. There were hardly any pauses and little to no echo. When you call a cell phone though the number that appears isn’t a bunch of zeros, a real number appeared (919)741-6730. I also like that when you make a call you get a normal sounding ring.

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Another new feature (amazing for journalists, by the way) is the ability to record any conversation. A record button has been built into the call window. If you want to record a call with another ooVoo user it will prompt them with a permission window asking if they agree to be recorded. No permission feature is available yet for recording mobile or landline phone calls. So prank call away! The best part is that you can then take the audio recording and save it to your hard drive as an .avi file.

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With all these developments I am waiting for a mobile version of the application. I will be speaking to ooVoo’s CEO later in the day and will report back. The latest version of ooVoo is available now at www.oovoo.com.

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  1. katie Says:

    Great Review

    I work on behalf of ooVoo and wanted to spread the word that it is hosting ‘My ooVoo Day’ this Sunday as a chance for the online community to video chat with influential bloggers like Joseph Jaffe, iJustine, and Chris Brogan. The event also has a sentiment behind it. It is supporting the Frozen Pea Fund on behalf of friend and blogger Susan Reynolds, a cancer survivor. If your Sunday is free, consider the opportunity to not only discover ooVoo but also get comfortable with others as they check out free chat service too.

    http://myoovooday.smnr.us/
    http://www.myoovooday.com/

  2. jon Says:

    like people need any encouragement to prank.

    http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-919-741-6730

    google “919-741-6730″

  3. bite me Says:

    Hey Katie, Maybe you should let us know your work and home numbers so you can get offensive calls at all hours of the day and night.
    yeah… spread the word…

  4. Candace Says:

    This service is being very badly abused. Please view the links below.

    ETA: oovoo.com Feedback Page: http://www.oovoo.com//about/feedback.aspx I emailed them to advise them of the abuse of this service, and that the Raleigh Police had been notified.

    I googled “Verizon” followed by the phone number, and got four results.

    The first result was THIS THREAD! [eg petfotheday.com]

    http://whocallsme.com/Phone-Number.aspx/9197416730

    From that link:

    “ZAD-Man is right

    THIS IS THE DEFAULT NUMBER FOR A VIDEO CHAT SOFTWARE CALLED OOVOO.COM”

    There is a bit of info here…aside from a troll in three comments, it seems a place to report the number: http://whocalled.us/lookup/9197416730

  5. revog Says:

    Telling people to “prank away” is irresponsible and wrong. Getting calls at 3am and every 1/2 hour is NOT a prank. Not being able to contact someone and having to look at police reports to show people THIS IS NOT A prank is wrong.

    Phone number belongs to oovoo.com software. Prank calls can be recorded and made with the free minutes of software.

    You can complain to Philip Robertson at OOVOO.com at 917-498-4711 who is their PR person.

    Only when people complain and demand it be fixed, can we stop this.

  6. Watcher Says:

    I can’t speak to any pranking that may be going on by using the OOVOO application. However, the software itself seems very good and perhaps a little “too easy” to use. I installed it last night and immediately started playing with the interface and customizing my settings. One of the first things I did was call my cell phone to see how well it really worked. Low and behold, the default phone number displayed is the same number everyone has been filing complaints about on various websites. This is simply the default phone number the OOVOO network send to the phone company at the point it ties its Internet based servers into local land line phone company switches.

    I think alot of what is percieved as pranking or hanghups is just new users trying out the software. Remeber someone trying out the software in Las Vegas at 9pm at night could misdial (just like a land or cell call) and end up calling someone two or three time zones later. If you don’t set up your software correctly, you wont hear the person pick up the call and/or they can’t hear you. Now, I found the software easy to set up, but you do need to initially take the time to do it before you start just “plunking” numbers into the onscreen key pad.

    Perhaps OOVOO should consider either providing a number for people to test their software out on … or require some type of verified “real” phone number supplied by a subscriber to mis-dials and potentially abusive calling can be traced.

    Now before someone bursts into flames here, I agree that unwanted and ill timed phone calls are very intrusive. (Just wait until you start get Text Message Spam on your cell phone) Just keep in mind that alot of this could be simple human carelessness. Personally, all of my phone numbers are on the ‘Do Not Call Registry’ .. however that wont stop calls from Non-Profits and Political Campaigns because of a loop-hole, because they are “selling” and idea or different “kind” of service. No system is perfect.

    Just a few absent ramblings from the mid-west …

  7. Fred Says:

    OoVoo is a joke, I have never had an unknown prankster or telemarketer call my personal cellphone. Low and behold, now I am getting phone calls from the Oovoo network (919) area code.

    If you arrived at my post after Googling this topic, believe every negative comment you have seen plastered all over the internet and tell your friends and family about this scam. Some moron is making money doing this crap and will feed you some corporate watered down crap (see above post), please don’t buy into it.

    Somebody misdialed? Over and over and over again? What a sad joke.

    Why didn’t the OoVoo company implement procedures to stop abuse? Cause they do not care!

  8. Amy Says:

    Yeah, I want to thank this company for allowing everyone to play prank calls. Not.

  9. Dan Says:

    A lawsuit will straighten this company out. When they get sued for millions and criminal charges brought up against then we’ll see who’s laughing.

  10. zman Says:

    i love oovoo…it’s a very good and popular program, i wish i could give whole my time chating with friends and family with oovoo…
    thanks

  11. Reiley michelle Says:

    I love oovoo. But not this new one. I’m on an iPod touch and updated my oovoo not it won’t let me change my status or anything it’s really making me mad I won’t the old oovoo back. Some one please so something about this.

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