Goober Networks (news, site), a Unified Communications solutions provider, has a new beta out that includes multi-protocol IM, VoIP to landlines and cellphones and 4-way video conferencing calls to both PC and Mac desktops. (goober says the final public release of goober 3.0 will feature 6-way video conferencing).

Goober 3.0 supports 227 countries, more than any other VoIP provider, offering HD VoIP calling worldwide, and allowing users to save up to 90 percent on all phone calls.

Goober Talk is Cheap

Calls in the US and Canada average US$ .01 per minute, with an average per-minute rate that is 25-50 percent less than any other VoIP provider, goober says. The big deal is that mobile users can avoid any charges on their mobile carrier's phone bill, obviously.

"Goober Chat offers multiple protocol messaging features, allowing friends to join chats, even if they're using other messengers besides goober, such as ICQ, MSN, GoogleTalk, Jabber, AOL, Yahoo! and QQ -- no other UC provider offers this cross-platform chat capability and we're excited to be the first to bring this capability to the market, so people can simplify their communications from one location," said goober Networks' CEO Peter Uhlich.

Take a look at goober 3’s video more on the video conferencing function.

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No Free Calls is the Catch

Goober 3.0 provides features such as multi-protocol messaging, 6-user video conferencing, VoIP calling across PCs and Macs that you won’t find on other UC platforms.

However, the catch is that as long as it costs money to make calls (unlike Skype) the company may find it hard to get traction for its offering. Maybe that’s why they’re offering the unusual tactic of offering $5 to beta users.