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  • Skype

    Posted by In-Cog-Nito on August 4th, 2005 (All posts by )

    Here’s a tech/web recommendation/review. I’m traveling in the boonies, meaning outside of the USA without broadband or cheap telephone service. In fact locally it costs about $1 per minute to call back to the states. Enter Skype. If you’ve used it before, you’ll know it has terrific sound quality. What really blew me away is its performance on dial-up. In the middle of nowhere, as long as you have a 56k internet connection, you can call from your laptop to any phone in the world for pennies. This is nothing new, as ICQ has a similar service with IDT’s Net2phone, which I tried before as well. Skype wins hands down however. The sound quality is better than a regular phone, but more importantly, there is no lag or dropped sounds.

    If you’re traveling with a laptop, and need a cheap way to call home, get Skype.

     

    7 Responses to “Skype”

    1. Mark Olson Says:

      Hear hear.

      I haven’t tried Skype over dialup, but I’m on a job in the Philippines and talking to home is free or $0.02 per minute. It’s certainly saved me a bundle and I think it’s great. Plus you can always use chat, and can transfer files (like pictures) from the chat window.

    2. Steve Says:

      Incognito,
      I’d love to design my off-grid telecomunications around a system like this. But the voIP and data packaging protocols of services like Skype’s are incompatible with my satellite connection IP’s. Just like the satellite-using rancher quoted in Skypes PR release*, “I can hear conversations real good but canít talk out.”

      I’m wondering, when you’re in the “middle of nowhere” are you plugged into a land-line, or using a satellite internet connection?
      -Steve

      *

    3. incognito Says:

      Steve, nice on the satellite IP. I’m not quite that far into the boonies, more like Eastern Europe with a land line. The internet and tech in general is booming here, especially among the 10-40 year old male demographic group, as everywhere else in the world. I’m missing my broadband connection at home, but this gets the job done. Thanks for the link.

    4. Dimitar Vesselinov Says:

      Skype Journal
      “Skype Journal is a weblog for independent news, views and support for Skype users and developers.”
      http://www.skypejournal.com

    5. Dimitar Vesselinov Says:

      Telecom Blogs

      Highlights:
      http://gigaom.com
      http://blog.tomevslin.com
      http://eurotelcoblog.blogspot.com
      http://isen.com/blog
      http://pulverblog.pulver.com

    6. Steve Says:

      Thanks, DV. I’ll be checking those links out.
      -Steve

    7. P2P file sharing News and Resources Says:

      Be careful what you wish for

      P2P news view / p2pnet: A couple of weeks ago, I noted the international trend toward user concerns in copyright reform. Add another UK initiative to the list. The UK government has launched the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property. In …