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Skype – Free Voice Over IP Software

by James 26 April 2009 8 Comments

Overview

Skype is a freeware program that gives you the chance to make free audio and video calls over the internet.

Review

I guess many of you used Skype before. I didn’t and I was quite reluctant towards it mainly because one of my business partners has been constantly nagging me about it for months. He was always telling me that I should install Skype so that he could call me for free instead of spending important sums on money on his telephone bill. I’m quite stubborn, so if somedy tells me to do something I usually do exactly the opposite ūüôā This week I finally agreed to install it and that was because there were quite a few new business partners that had Skype accounts, so I thought it might be a good thing to keep in touch with them easily.

The first impression was good, the program is very easy to set up and it worked right away.

skype-screenshot-1

Then I added my contacts and imported other several contacts from my Yahoo email account.¬†Skype offers many of the usual features offered by other VoIP software including Call Waiting, Call Forwarding and Call Logs and Lists. Sending and receiving voicemail or SMS text messages using Skype’s computer to computer service costs money. Transferring calls from Skype to telephones does cost too.

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Last but not least, the audio quality of the calls I made so far was great, no flaws there. As an overall impression the program looks quite solid and nice. But there is something that is missing: it would be better if it could integrate other IM protocols, at least the Yahoo Messenger protocol and others like Digsby or Pidgin do.

Version Tested

4.0.0.215

Author

Skype.com

Operating System

Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Mobile, phones

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Summary

 Fast, good looking, reliable.

Multi platform.

It would be great if it could support more IM protocols.

Rating

Verdict

It’s a good freeware program and I really need it right now to keep in touch with some of my business partners. But as far as I’m concerned it’s not a great program, mainly because it’s too exclusive. If they could open it up to support more IM protocols it would become one of my favorite freeware programs. Until then, I’m keeping it just because I need it, not because I like it too much.

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  • Video | Enjolt.com | Innovate for Success said:

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  • SW said:

    Now it seems the iPhone has its own version of Skype:
    http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-12261_7-10206786-51.html?tag=contentMain;contentBody

  • rono said:

    Skype is a very strong freeware internet VoIP (Voice over IP) product in the telecommunications industry. It started with a simple and free PC-to-PC telephony, but today offers full integration with existing telephone systems. Skype today also offers voicemail, video conversations and sending SMSs. Its open source alternative, WengoPhone, also provides free PC-to-PC calls as well as chat and video conferencing. Created by Wengo, this phone also can provide SMS and call-out features that allow users to communicate with any phone at reasonable prices.

  • rono said:

    i wiil recommend you to try the sofware name “oovoo”.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    ooVoo is a good program, I know about it. I never used it on a regular basis though because I don’t really need it, but who knows, maybe in the future I’ll need something like that.

  • Joe Ward said:

    you think by now someone would make an easy way to hack newer phones, an app – one for all kinda thing.

  • Melatonin Supplement  said:

    video conferencing is one of the nice stuffs that we enjoy because of high speed internet.~”

  • Natural Vitamins : said:

    i alway attend video conferencing at least once a week because of our company meetings and leadership training*;”

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