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New Skype Competitor Boasts Up to 20K Callers at Once

By - Source: RaidCall | B 16 comments

This social client merges IRC-like channels with Skype-like VoIP communication, creating a unique hybrid that may be valuable to gamers.

RaidCall said on Wednesday that is has reached more than 10 million registered users worldwide. Don't know what RaidCall is? Neither did we, but the company's PR firm said that the VoIP/IM chat service is highly popular overseas, and is now looking to battle Skype and Ventrillo here in the United States. Its biggest selling point? The ability to handle 20,000 simultaneous callers – with no loss in audio – without the need to rent or host a server.

"With a simple installation process, lightweight system requirements and minimal memory usage, RaidCall keeps group conversations fluid and clear, with little to no impact on other concurrently running programs," the San Jose, Calif. company said on Wednesday.

RaidCall offers both VoIP communication and instant messaging. It's also equipped with social features like the ability to share and watch live streams all in the same chat window. There's even a growing community filled with chat groups offering similar interests and activities.

The RaidCall website states that the client has a low CPU usage and minimum memory footprint, allowing for smooth, uninterrupted communication. The group communication aspect consists of support for up to 20,000 users in a single group, HD voice chat for anywhere in the world, a flexible group management system, and additional features like voice recording, polls, announcements, activity logs and more. It also comes packed with "fancy features" too, offering special speaking modes fit for every occasion, optional reverbs for music effects, a moderator system, and the ability to process your voice by way of a sound card or through software media players.

After playing around with the client for a bit, it's similar to IRC in appearance and function. The main screen is broken into three sections: Groups, Contacts and Games. On the Groups page, users can search for a specific group, or browse through the groups listed under specific themes like Games, Entertainment, Educational Groups and more. There are even options to create your own group, head back to those labeled favorite, ones that you're a member of, and some that you've frequently trolled.

For instance, click on the Entertainment section, and the category is broken down to Karaoke, Music/Radio, Hobbies/Interests and Make New Friends. In the Hobbies/Interests sub-category, only one group resides: Anime Online. After clicking on the link and waiting for a moment, an IRC-like window opens. The difference is that there are channels listed over to the right along with current visitors.

That said, there's a lot to explore with RaidCall. In this particular group, the client ventured into the Radio AOS channel automatically, immediately pumping J-Pop through the speakers. There are also other channels within this group such as the main Lounge, AOS Mix, Karaoke Room, User Radio AOS, Anime Today and loads more. Users can manually type messages as with IMs and IRC, or hit the F2 button to actually talk in real-time – this is where the VoIP aspect comes in.

Want to create a group? That's easy. Simply click the button on the Groups page, and it loads up a second screen, saying that "once a group has been created, it cannot be deleted or transferred to another user. Apparently users can only create two groups in their lifetime, so choose wisely.

Currently you won't find very many groups based on this region, but there's a potential for this service to become quite popular. Again, it feels like a second-generation IRC, only the server aspect is now tossed out and users merely choose or create a group with a specific theme. Eventually you'll come across someone interesting and add them to your contact list for instant messaging – strangers who IM you will appear under "strangers," and the list will even show who you've chosen to ignore.

"RaidCall has quickly become the premier free group communication software for work, online gaming and staying in touch with friends and family," said RaidCall Marketing Manager, Aviva Woo. "Our ambition is to grow RaidCall into the de facto standard for powering community interaction, whether in a work environment or around popular forms of entertainment. With over 10 million users worldwide, we’re confident that we’ll quickly scale to new heights based on our free, high-quality software that requires little processing power, which is currently unmatched by any other provider in the industry."

How this chat client will be a Skype killer is unknown at this point, but the PR department is putting an emphasis on this service being highly valuable to gamers. There are already groups listed for World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2, League of Legends and a few more – for games like EVE Online that do massive State of the Union addresses, this is quite valuable, the contact told Tom's.

In addition to what's been mentioned above, the RaidCall client will connect to Facebook. Thus, even if you currently have no friends on RaidCall, it will show your Facebook friends currently online in a separate list, making it easy to chat real-time and invite them onto the service. Given that RaidCall is somehwat new here in the States, it's too early to fell how this integration will be effective in getting new users.

For more information about this interesting new social tool, head here. Stay tuned – we may need to revisit this one as it gains additional North American support.


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    weatherdude , September 27, 2012 11:01 AM
    "HD voice chat" eh? It must be way better, just like the GMC Sierra HD because everything can be "HD" apparently. I searched RaidCall on Wikipedia and there's no article for it. Strange, considering it supposedly has 10 million users.

    lol Kevin, I like how you tried to speak to the cyrllic users in english and gave up. :D 
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    freggo , September 27, 2012 11:49 AM

    Wikipedia link : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Hxd12/sandbox
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    classzero , September 27, 2012 12:11 PM
    Looks like freggo found it! Sorry weatherdude, you shouldn't use wikipedia as a source for something to exist, I mean it's wikipedia!
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    dark_knight33 , September 27, 2012 2:31 PM
    weatherdude"HD voice chat" eh? It must be way better, just like the GMC Sierra HD because everything can be "HD" apparently. I searched RaidCall on Wikipedia and there's no article for it. Strange, considering it supposedly has 10 million users.lol Kevin, I like how you tried to speak to the cyrllic users in english and gave up.


    Have you ever listened to mumble? Yeah raid call sounds pretty HD compared to that. Also HD on a truck is heavy duty and has been used many years before HD in HDTV took over every aspect of digital marketing. Your comment reads pretty silly.
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    southernshark , September 27, 2012 2:37 PM
    Dude this sounds awesome. I can't wait to sign up.

    And yeah I will use it for gaming too... no more Ventrilo... I hate Vent. And no I don't "raid" but I do game.
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    back_by_demand , September 27, 2012 2:37 PM
    Imagine 20000 all on a call at once, it would be like sitting in the nosebleeds at Wrigley Field
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    KelvinTy , September 27, 2012 5:55 PM
    If M$ cannot keep their S up, and kept on pumping trash onto it, it will just be yet another MSN messager... You wanna pump ads? You wanna use up tonnes of ram for no reason? You wanna keep on trucking with weird connection issues? It's bound to get screwed at the end.
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    stevo777 , September 27, 2012 7:09 PM
    Isn't video chat the main draw of Skype? I see no mention of video chat here (I haven't tested it out, so I'm not sure if it has it--I just don't see any mention of it in this article). Sounds like a service that has it's place for sure, but if it doesn't have the video chat, then I don't think it's fair to compare it to Skype.
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    weatherdude , September 27, 2012 7:45 PM
    classzeroLooks like freggo found it! Sorry weatherdude, you shouldn't use wikipedia as a source for something to exist, I mean it's wikipedia!


    Actually that is a userpage sandbox, something that all users have access to so they can experiment. That is no way shape or form an actual article on Wikipedia. I of course was never doubting the existence of RaidCall, however with a claimed 10 million users it not unreasonable to expect at the very least a stub on Wikipedia. Even searches on the Russian and Chinese Wikipedia bring up nothing. And I certainly ain't one to start new articles.

    dark_knight33Have you ever listened to mumble? Yeah raid call sounds pretty HD compared to that. Also HD on a truck is heavy duty and has been used many years before HD in HDTV took over every aspect of digital marketing. Your comment reads pretty silly.


    Yes, I was being over-the-top. The HD moniker is still abused like hell though.
    The IETF has finally standardised the Opus audio codec. It is far more capable than Speex and it will pave the way for high quality interactive speech.
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    alidan , September 27, 2012 8:47 PM
    weatherdude"HD voice chat" eh? It must be way better, just like the GMC Sierra HD because everything can be "HD" apparently. I searched RaidCall on Wikipedia and there's no article for it. Strange, considering it supposedly has 10 million users.lol Kevin, I like how you tried to speak to the cyrllic users in english and gave up.


    i have a great microphone, how much of the quality do you really thing gets transferred over the internet?

    their are peer to peer direct connections, but most of the time, its compressed to some extent.
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    spoonless eddie , September 27, 2012 10:10 PM
    Well, looks like this "Skype competitor" has no video. Some competitor.

    How old do you need to be to write for this rag? Do you get paid in Cap'n Crunch?
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    techcurious , September 28, 2012 6:52 AM
    wait wait wait... there are (voice) chat rooms for Karaoke? yikes!
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    techcurious , September 28, 2012 7:10 AM
    stevo777Isn't video chat the main draw of Skype? .... if it doesn't have the video chat, then I don't think it's fair to compare it to Skype.

    spoonless eddieWell, looks like this "Skype competitor" has no video. Some competitor.

    Actually, although Skype's video chat may be it's coolest and nicest feature, I believe voice only calls are it's most used feature and therefore it's most popular feature. And I think the only service that makes money is when calls are made using Skype to non-Skype recipients, like regular land line and cell phone numbers (also a very popular use of Skype). So, it would be fair to consider any "successful" provider of such a service as a competitor to Skype.
    But seems like Raidcall offers a VOIP feature added to chat rooms, whereas Skype is all about adding specific people you want to communicate with to your contact list. Seems like two different markets with little overlap.
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    supere989 , September 28, 2012 8:05 PM
    http://www.tomsguide.com/us/RaidCall-IRC-Skype-VoIP-Instant-Message,news-16102.html
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    supere989 , September 28, 2012 8:06 PM
    Hey LOOK! Its Yahoo Messenger!
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