CounterPath Launches Bria on iPhone

by alec on June 15, 2010

Today CounterPath has launched Bria iPhone Edition, their first softphone for Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.  Think of this feature rich VoIP client for iPhone as being the mobile equivalent of a business desk phone.  With enterprise class features ranging from speaker phone to hold / unhold, swap, mute, conference, and security, this softphone is a credible tool for the road warrior. Moreover, with a strong focus on usability as well, CounterPath VP Todd Carothers proudly says “it could have been developed by Apple themselves!”.

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Priced at $3.99 in the iPhone App store, with a $8.99 option for G.729, Bria is an inexpensive way for road warriors to connect with IP PBX back at headquarters.  It even supports 3G VoIP calls to allow users to conserve those expensive voice minutes on the mobile cellular network.

In a 30 minute interview with Carothers yesterday evening, I learned that:

  • This is CounterPath’s first iPhone application, and indeed their first mobile SIP application period.
  • This release supports G.711, G.729 and GSM codecs – all narrowband.  The next release, targeted for August of this year, will add support for wideband codecs as well. Expect G.722.
  • Expect to see an Android version of this application in September.
  • This release is a pure iPhone application.  When they incorporate support for iPad, expect to see an XMPP client, with contact lists and rosters supported.

In other words, CounterPath is making a big move into mobile VoIP clients by extending their Bria franchise from the desk to the handset.

Mobile SIP clients on iPhone today are a bit of a novelty.  As with every mobile VoIP client on the iPhone platform, the lack of multi-tasking on iPhone is a major impediment Bria also. Expect to see Bria really come into the spotlight once it can be run full time in the background on iOS 4.0, acting as the user’s full time phone rather than simply a useful tool for making cheap outbound calls.  In the meantime, if you need a mobile SIP client on iPhone, at $3.99 you really can’t go wrong with Bria.

And isn’t it ironic that so many years after CounterPath debuted x-Lite,  mimicking the cell phone UI when running on the desktop as a soft client, Bria now exists as a soft client running on a cellular device.  Karma perhaps.  Who knows?

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

NerdUno June 17, 2010 at 4:17 am

Leave it to CounterPath to release their new softphone minutes after our softphone roundup appeared on Nerd Vittles. Glad to see it though. And thanks for a terrific writeup and the heads up on coming attractions.

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ehMon June 24, 2010 at 9:43 am

Had anyone tried pairing this directly with a SIP provider like Unlimitel; or will I need an asterisk box to bridge it all together?

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Chris June 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm

i have Bria running with voip.ms. Works great with g729 over 3g. easy setup / lots of features…. by far best apple iX app for SIP/voip

Chris

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Sandra July 2, 2010 at 6:41 am

I have paired my phone directly with a company called telephonic communications http://www.telephonic.ie they were offering a free €10 trial and Bria works great with my iphone , I have full access to my contacts and the rates are great!

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Smansurud July 3, 2010 at 10:56 pm

I have installed the Bria Iphone edition and using it with Gizmo5 and GV.
But:
1: I cant initiate an outgoing call using Bria dialpad.
2. Using GV web site to call my contact, I answer the incoming call, my contact on other side answers the phone aswell, but he cannot hear me. I can hear him well though.

Please help.

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Sanchir Naranbaatar August 16, 2010 at 9:55 am

Hi. I'm using Bria to make and receive a call from my home country.
And I'm having a problem that I can not receive a call whenever my I phone 4 is on. I mean I need to activate the Bria to receive a call. Otherwise it does not work.
Please teach me the how to set this setting to me.
Thank you.

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Keith Porter September 1, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I've been using Bria on my iPhone connected to a SIPecs server on our corporate LAN. Works perfectly and now with iOS 4 and background process support, this can now take the place of my desk phone.

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Evon October 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Dont buy Bria. Use Fring instead. Fring is free.

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Steve Nutt January 11, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I bought this because of the support for SIP URI calling. I could not find any other clients that supported this feature. Works great ;-)

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Krishna March 20, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Use this on my ipod (hooked up to my sipgate number, which is linked with google voice) and I love it. I have experienced a slight lag with calls on wifi (seems like i'll say something and it'll take a second for the person to hear me) but I deal because the quality of sound beats any other softphone app i've tried to use (and this is without g.729). Great app, great article.

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Mike March 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Many problems to setting on Asterisk Server. I try on FreePbx and I having same problem! Maybe someone solve the problem how to setting to work on Asterisk server? Many thanks

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NoNeedForAName June 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm

See the update note @ http://nerdvittles.com/?p=686 . That might be what you need.

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