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| || |I'm thinking about buying a Samsung Galaxy S to replace my Nokia E51. One concern is the lack of VOIP support in Android. Only 3rd party applications can be used as VOIP clients.
The E51 has built-in VOIP support and it works fairly well over Sunrise 3G net using the service of a Betamax clone, InterVoip. Betamax has a Android client, but I wasn't able to find any reference about how good it is actually.
Do you have any experience with VOIP on Android phones? If Skype works well on Android that could be an alternative as well.
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AFAIK Nokias are the only phones with built-in VoIP support. At least with Android you get fully working background processes that will allow the VoIP client to integrate itself nicely in the system (something the iphone doesn't offer).
There are three VoIP solutions I can think of:
Nimbuzz: works very well using their own dial-ou service or a Skype account. I used that extensively during my last vacation. Works well if the network speed is sufficient.
Fring: great for video calling using the SGS's front-facing cam. Since they were cut off from Skype, calling phone lines doesn't work, so it's use is somewhat limited now.
SIPDroid: full-fledged SIP client with full system integration, like you're used to coming from a Nokia. Works with any SIP provider of your choosing.
So really, there's no "lack" of VoIP possibilities here :-)