September 14, 2006

NOTHING COSTS MORE THAN IT USED TO:

Free Web calls (JEAN CHATZKY, 9/14/06, NY Daily News)

If your son or daughter just headed off to college, or you're thinking about starting a new job halfway around the world, you no longer have to helplessly watch your long distance phone bill skyrocket.

And no, it's not just that wireless minutes have gotten cheaper (which, incidentally, they have).

It's that a relatively new technology called Skype allows you to talk to your family and friends from anywhere in the world - for free.

Skype is only one of many companies offering Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), a technology that allows you to make telephone calls using a broadband Internet connection instead of a regular phone line.


Put Skype on our laptop the other day and it couldn't have been simpler.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 14, 2006 8:13 AM
Comments

The article didn't really state the the free calls are for computer to computer calls using skype. Although throught the end of this year skype is also giving away free skype to landline calls in the US and Canada. At our house we use Vonage. $15 a month for unlimited incoming calls and all the bells and whistles. Plus you don't have to sit at your computer to make and receive calls.

Posted by: MC at September 14, 2006 8:55 AM

With a Skype USB telephone handset, you don't have to sit at the computer either. Get a model with a long cord or if you love gadgets, get an 802.11 wireless model and wander around your home and garden at will, talking to your friends overseas. The fidelity of Skype blows existing telephony away; the other night my friend in London slid open the window and we enjoyed a late night thunder shower together, me in Seattle. I could hear it as if I were there, every drop and clap (tweaked the bass woofer a bit to vibe up the thunder). Also, keep in mind that Skype Out (Skype to landlines and telephones, for international calls) costs a fraction of what you can get per minute with even the best Korean five-and-dime phone card, thus without having to rely on a squirrel running on a wheel somewhere in Shaanxi province to keep the connection going. Skype ROCKS. The Neaderfones can't compete. Finally, with Skype, a $20 USB camera gets you on the Jetsons before your 40th birthday. Vonage that.

Posted by: Qiao Yang at September 14, 2006 11:23 AM

Well, as long as Skype is living off eBay revenues, it can do this as long as it wants. Once the eBay money goes down, you will soon see Skype billing.

It is ridiculously easy to install, though....

Posted by: Brad S at September 14, 2006 11:39 AM
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