X-Lite is now known as Bria Solo but it is still the free and highly popular version of CounterPath Solutions Softphone series of commercial softphones. Bria Solo comes with a 30-day trial whereby all the value-add features are switched on for your evaluation. However after the 30-day trial the Bria Solo reverts back to being the basic X-Lite. They make the Bria Solo a free offering in order to showcase the features available on their other products such as Bria Teams and Bria Enterprise. The former has added superior voice and video quality, conferencing, IM and presence and zero-touch configuration. As a result X-lite does not have all the features of is commercial siblings, but is still has sufficient voice calling features and capabilities.
When the free trial ends you will be given a chose to buy a subscription to keep the advanced features or register for Bria Solo. The free version of Bria Solo is limited to a single voice account but there are also other limitations in the voice settings and call management features available. However, you do get the same user-friendly interface and most of the voice and messaging features. Upgrading to the subscription service is always available and seamless so if you do have Bria Solo Free, then you’ll be able to upgrade to Bria Solo at any time and access all the same settings and accounts. This means that upgrading is a seamless and easy experience.
Bria Solo is easy to download and install and the GUI is a graphical representation of a tradition style mobile phone complete with display and full keyboard and feature keys. This very distinctive layout makes it instantly recognizable and very intuitive to use as it operate the same as a mobile phone. The feature keys are last dial, call history and contacts amongst others so initiating a call is simply a case of selecting a contact and clicking on the number or by using the fully functional keypad to dial a number not already in the contacts list.
Voice and Video performance is very good and X-lite operates very reliably over good broadband internet connections or local LANs. X-lite supports a whole range of codec for both audio and video and is easy to configure. It also comes with configurable settings for Quality of Service (QoS) and ICE and NAT traversal for firewall settings.
Bria Solo Pros
- Great GUI with intuitive operation.
- Great contacts and call history.
- Video and Voice calls of high quality.
Bria Solo Cons
- Not for commercial use.
- Heavy on system resources.
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