Release 7.2 for Windows

by Brian C. Wiles & John Walker

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01/04/2002 - Version 7.2 released!
  Speak Freely is a 100% software-based VoIP phone originally written in 1991 by John Walker, founder of Autodesk.  After April of 1996, he discontinued development on the program.  Since then, several other VoIP "phones" have cropped up all over the world.  However, most of these programs cost money.  Most of them have poor sound quality, and don't support some of Speak Freely's basic features such as encryption, the answering machine, or selectable compression. 

  Out of fustration in the shortcomings of the other programs, and even Speak Freely, I decided to implement what I thought were needed features myself, starting in August of 1997.  I contacted John Walker, and he agreed to let me officially take over the project.  In the spirit of Open Source SoftwareTM, I am licensing this program under the GNU General Public License.

What is VoIP?

VoIP is short for Voice Over Internet Protocol. VoIP is the technology that allows you to send your voice over the Internet instead of typing, like email or instant messaging. The first VoIP phone experiments were carried out in the 1970's, but it wasn't until the mid-1990's that the average home computer was powerful enough to handle all that data. Today, a growing number of phone calls are actually placed using VoIP phones or are carried using VoIP somewhere between the caller and the callee. Search for "VoIP" and you'll find several web sites that describe VoIP in more detail.

Version 7.2 Released!

    I said it would be worth the wait, and it was! The main change is a major improvement in audio quality. See the Release Notes below for more details.


    The latest version of Speak Freely includes new features, such as:

Unix Version

7.2 Release Notes