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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Skype

Right, my good Sundries friends.

A friend of mine is thinking of getting this new-fangled Skype service, but before he forks out the yearly service charge ($45 for the "in" service), I was wondering if anyone reading this, had Skype.





Pros? Cons? How is voice quality?

Any and all comments about Skype would be much appreciated.

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11 Comments:

  • Certainly Skype has improved a lot, but I just don't think it's still as good as plain o' land line service, and not much cheaper. Plus it is tied to a cable modem/server arrangement. No 'puter, no phone!

    But from the people I know who have it, the sound quality is fine!

    By Blogger Ron, at Fri Mar 16, 12:08:00 am GMT-4  

  • But from the people I know who have it, the sound quality is fine!

    Thanks, Ron. :)

    I was telling my friend that back in the day, when my father was a ham radio operator, one used to be able to receive radio calls, but not through the wireless apparatus, but by a regular phone.

    Not quite sure how that worked, but I know a lot of TCKs (Third Country Kids) know that trick backwards and forwards. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Mar 16, 12:10:00 am GMT-4  

  • For me personally, the advantage of Skype is not the ability to call landlines (the quality is fine, BTW, judging by the one conversation I've had ;), but the ability to use it for videophone, messages and file transfer.

    This reminds me of something - what is the e-mail to use to get in touch with you, if needed? I think I once sent you an e-mail to the address you use in RSS EPL, but you apparently don't read that one.

    Which reminds me - did you see what form Berbs got in? I hope he can keep it for the two upcoming games of the BG NT.

    And OT - you like poetry? If so, check out my blog, and see if you like that one.

    Cheers,
    Elko

    By Blogger El Kot, at Fri Mar 16, 02:00:00 am GMT-4  

  • Well, I like skype. Never use it to call landlines though, but it's certainly good enough quality to do that. I also use it vor video conferencing and use it to call other skype users - which is free as of now, so...

    By Blogger madcynic, at Fri Mar 16, 09:10:00 am GMT-4  

  • For me personally, the advantage of Skype is not the ability to call landlines (the quality is fine, BTW, judging by the one conversation I've had ;), but the ability to use it for videophone, messages and file transfer.

    Ooh! I like the sound of that.

    Explain it like I'm a 3 year-old, but is there a diff between "in" and "out" service?

    Out costs less, IIRC.

    This reminds me of something - what is the e-mail to use to get in touch with you, if needed?

    Toughie. ;)

    Try the-beach one. I at least have the capability of checking that via my cellphone, even though I don't reply to it very often (sorry Paul, Ron, guys :(. But at least I read it every once in a while!

    I think I once sent you an e-mail to the address you use in RSS EPL, but you apparently don't read that one.

    Oh, no...rarely that one, yes. That was mostly my "spam" email.

    Which reminds me - did you see what form Berbs got in? I hope he can keep it for the two upcoming games of the BG NT.

    YES! Come on Berbatov!

    BTW, in Palm Beach I met this great young Bulgarian socialite (who knew there were such things!). I may email her back and keep up the budding friendship I made in a shop.

    And yes, like my mother, I make passing friendships just like that.

    It might be a woman thing, or a Vicky thing, I'm not sure.

    I have an open, friendly face, despite being rather forbidding in manner, I guess. ;)

    And OT - you like poetry? If so, check out my blog, and see if you like that one.

    You know, Elko, I SHOULD like poetry, shouldn't I?

    And I do, I do. But poetry has never stirred the marrow of my soul, as I feel it should.

    I'll take a look at it though! Thanks. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Mar 16, 05:49:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Well, I like skype. Never use it to call landlines though, but it's certainly good enough quality to do that. I also use it vor video conferencing and use it to call other skype users - which is free as of now, so...

    It seems the whole skype service was free as of last year, but then they went pay...so my friend might as well hop on the service. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Mar 16, 05:51:00 pm GMT-4  

  • If it's free why is there a $45 charge?

    By Blogger benning, at Fri Mar 16, 06:07:00 pm GMT-4  

  • If it's free why is there a $45 charge?

    Not sure, I'll let Malte answer. It seems to me that perhaps:

    (A) Older users could have some kind of freebie thing going still

    (B) There are SOME services offered by Skype which are still free.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Mar 17, 12:08:00 am GMT-4  

  • As I understand it, one HAM radio operator contacts another. The 2nd operator patches his local phone line in his radio. Thus, the first operator can now talk to someone else via telephone.

    Apparently, this was/is frequently used to avoid long distance telephone charges. Or shelling out money for a satellite phone.

    One of these days, I, too, shall join the ranks of HAM radio operators. And it will also be the day I receive my de facto nerd license.

    By Blogger Alcibiades, at Sat Mar 17, 02:07:00 am GMT-4  

  • Well, it's (B).
    Talking from Skype to Skype is still free, iffin you do t via the net.
    Calling a landline costs money, naturally, and there are so many different payplans that I quite simply lost me head over it. Still, it remains a good way to stay in touch, I used it some when a friend of mine was off doing au pair work in England in the last 6 months.

    By Blogger madcynic, at Tue Mar 20, 10:34:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Plus, may I suggest reading this

    SAN JOSE, Calif., December 13, 2006 – Skype, the global Internet communications company, is now offering U.S. and Canadian consumers the new Skype Unlimited Calling plan, a paid annual subscription service that allows registered users to make 12 months of unlimited SkypeOut™ calls to any phones within the U.S. and Canada. (from their site, and no, I'm not gettin paid for this ;) )

    By Blogger madcynic, at Tue Mar 20, 10:39:00 pm GMT-4  

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