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Old 06-01-2006, 16:56   #1
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Skype v2 with video

Skype v2 Is now available

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Old 06-01-2006, 17:05   #2
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Im confused - VoIP fair enough - using IP packets to send telephony information - great.

But Skype seem to have created software that does exactly what MSN messenger has been doing for the last 3 - 4 years but made it sound all new and exciting.

Im all for it, but Skype really hasn't offered any advantage apart from the fact that it is free to call other computer users - but so is MSN or any other instant messaging software. You have to pay to call landlines, which from looking at their tariffs isn't that cheap, and it would be cheaper using one of those prefix companies and your normal telecoms provider.

Im a fan of VoIP, but I just don't get Skype. I like the idea and the software, but I don't get why it can do what it does better than any other IM software.

Im not dissing VoIP, I welcome it, but Skype is not for me. In thoery yes, send my telephone calls along with my IP data, but when it comes to getting the call, I'll have that go to a nice separate phone please that doesn't rely on my computer being on!

I for one will probably go down the route of VoIP router and a separate handset. But at the moment, my mobile phone does me fine for everything!

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Old 06-01-2006, 17:18   #3
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Agreed.
Skype is just a shiny, newer version of MSN with a few extra bells and whistles.

I installed it for the first time yesterday and I've found quite a few bugs.
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I've been using Skype in the US for the past 9 months to keep in touch with the folks back in N.Ireland and Scotland.

Skype has positives and negatives.

On the positive side, the audio quality is much better than Messenger. When talking to my mum and dad with audio being routed through a decent set of speakers, the sound is not far off CD quality (relative to MSN anyway). The Skype network seems to be more stable than Messenger - we've never had a dropped call in 9 months. We rarely get through a Messenger conversation without something screwing up. The video also seems to be more stable (might also have a higher frame rate than MSN).

Another thing Skype offers us is the ability to rent a UK telephone number. We paid $30 in total for an Edinburgh based number for a year. Folks in the UK can call us in the US from UK landlines relatively cheaply (ie they're paying for a call within the UK only). My parents (who live in Edinburgh) get all their local calls after 6pm free - which includes us.

The negatives.....can't really think of any.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by ratso-rizzo
Skype has positives and negatives.

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The negatives.....can't really think of any.

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Old 06-01-2006, 22:21   #6
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I agree with some of the comments here, there's nothing groundbreaking about the IM parts of Skype, but it does offer significant advantages for telephony.

- Cheaper international calls
- Better sound quality
- You can call landlines
- You can have your own "virtual" Skype telephone number
- Voicemail

It's also far easier to setup "it just works". I've had the many problems with MSN and Yahoo when trying to do voice and video.
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Old 07-01-2006, 09:25   #7
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Must say that the new version is dreadful. Too clunky.

Hate the fact that one of your contacts is always expanded on the contacts list.

Think I'll stick with the old version for a bit.
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