StanaPhone is the first free telephone with real US phone numbers, and a Skype competitor.It allows you to call and receive calls from regular home & mobile phones as well as place free calls to and receive them from any StanaPhone number, regardless of its location. All incoming calls to StanaPhone are free, there is free unlimited Voicemail via email, call forwarding, free and unlimited outgoing calls to other StanaPhone numbers.
The big difference with Skype is that with StanaPhone you get a real phone number, it’s SIP (and so Gnomemeeting should work with the Stanaphone service), supports calling forwarded accounts, but some say that Skypeout offers better quality for non-US destinations.
StanaPhone’s application is based on SJLabs‘ Java software and hopefully its Linux & Mac OS X versions will be backported to StanaPhone’s forked version too and maybe a PalmOS version will be developed as well (Skype doesn’t do PalmOS because it requires a 300 Mhz CPU and only 2-3 PalmOS devices are that fast, plus PalmOS 5.x has some serious multitasking problems that are only resolved on PalmOS 6.x). Currently, only Windows and Pocket PC versions are available for StanaPhone, however because their software is based on SIP and there are free SIP clients for all platforms, it is considered a platform-independant solution.