Clicked the link flashphone.ru - waiting, waiting and waiting -- nothing happened.
Entered http://www.flashphone.ru/en/main , yep the response is fast.
Registered and got a mail for activating my account. Tried to activate my account - no response :-(.
Today morning while checking my mail, found a mail asking whether i got the activation mail. I replied saying clicked and nothing happened. 5 minutes - they send back a mail saying my account is activated.
Rushed in to the site, made the first call, wow works!!. Normal idea executed nicely.
I didn't try the sip call because my 3 call limit got over with 3 PSTN calls and i am sure all the SIP HYPERs will do that first than PSTN call. I think the sip should change its name to HYPE because always a lot HYPE marketers make it live.They don't bother a business system build on top of sip is struggling from SUEs (vonage). They don't want to address those issues but want to say SIP SIP and SIP.
I am not sure it works only for sip because if its an asterisk at backend, it can make calls to other protocols also. I was to try but my 3 call limit is over :-(.
The first look says me it works in this way.
Client<----> Web server (flash media server)
Custom channel driver or interface
to existing channel
or a softswitch
+----> PSTN Cloud
and the client talks to web server using custom protocol with the primitives
No firewall traversal problems because call always goes to server( no peer o peer) but expensive at server side for network bandwidth. Again this i didn't explore that detail because the PSTN calls always need to go to a gateway.
The security ? yep looks they still believe in md5 for encrypting password.
Business model : its a video advertisements model. So we say when you make a call,ring with a video and audi on, then video ( only video because there is only one mic ) advertisements. May be they change, if no body buy them.
The news link : http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/voipgadgets/~3/180638564/flashphone-beta-running-on-adobe-flash-launches.asp
The site : http://www.flashphone.ru/en/main
End result :
good job !!!, People can use it easy, don't bother about technology ,Its easy to use.