Twinkle softphone for Linux

My new job involves some travelling. International mobile roaming rates are laughably high. VOIP, of course, works anywhere with a decent net connection.

I’ve never had any luck with Ekiga. For some reason, whenever I try to make a call through my Sipgate account, I’m given a “Security check failed” message, even though inbound calls are fine. A quick check in the Ubuntu repositories revealed Twinklephone.

It’s a QT app, so it doesn’t precisely share the look and feel of my Gnome desktop but … it works. It sits quietly on the taskbar until a call comes in or I want to make one and I can talk to people with it. So, it’ll be ideal for use with my laptop and, even better, I can save some electricity by unplugging the PAP2 and using it on my desk PC.