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Skype

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Getting in touch with friends and family is easy with this Internet telephone software, but the functionality is conditional. Skype offers a graphically pleasing interface that's much like a chat program. To make calls, you'll need to create a contact list of friends and family or use the phone-like interface to dial people directly. You also can access a pull-down menu for painless conference calls of up to four people. To make free calls, both parties will need to have the Skype software installed. To call regular phones, you'll need to sign up for a plan with SkypeOut, the developer's paid service that offers cheap by-the-minute calling. We like the intuitive chat-like interface of Skype and we were surprised at the excellent sound quality, even with regular desktop speakers. Similar to a chat client, you can set your availability status, but we also would like to see a missed call indicator or, better yet, some form of voice mail. Overall, we think Skype is a strong contender in the Internet Telephony category, and anyone who's interested in talking for free should give it a try. For international callers who have computers, this program is a no-brainer solution for long-distance bills.
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Money saving"

    October 5, 2005  |   By Mac_hover

    Version: Skype 1.3.0.57

    Pros

    No more exensive foreign calls!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "SKYPE FOR APPLE MACINTOSH!"

    September 12, 2005  |   By tiatakatsuki

    Version: Skype 1.3.0.57

    Pros

    I have yet to come across a product for Mac which is this great!

    I call from Japan to the U.S., and I can call toll free numbers for NO CHARGE! I can call long distance within Japan by using SKYPE, CHEAPER than using the local national telephone company. In other words, it costs me about 30cents/min to call long distance within Japan, but using SKYPE, it costs me 7cents/minute. No echos, no delay, sounds like using a little BELL phone company.

    Cons

    OK, maybe my pros is a little too much. I have had echo once and hung up and redialed. I have had a phone disconnect in the middle of a call. But compared to all of the other cheap telephone services I have used over the past 10 years, SKYPE has VERY LITTLE problems..... especially considering it is still a 1.X version.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One word for it...*** AWESOME***"

    September 10, 2005  |   By umang_taneja

    Version: Skype 1.3.0.57

    Pros

    You can make free calls to skype users all over the world. The sound quality is superb if the internet connection is good on both the ends. I talk to my friends regularly within India and there is no match for quality. You can also chat simultaneously. Haven't tried it on prepaid cards yet.

    Cons

    Search field has to be more extensive and advanced. It should give you an option to search for users who are online. Hope they'll improve it in the future releases. Over all A++

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Excellent Software, Additional credit purchases might become expensive!!"

    September 7, 2005  |   By chtrummer

    Version: Skype 1.3.0.57

    Pros

    Works perfectly - excellent sound and easy to operate

    Cons

    Your credit card is accepted when purchasing the product - call out as well as call in - for the first time. Once you have used up your first credit and need to purchase additional credit, they force you to use Moneybookers by refusing your credit cards. This is a hidden cost - not fair - not what you expect from a fair service provider.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Service"

    August 27, 2005  |   By scott9710

    Version: Skype 1.3.0.57

    Pros

    I think SKYPE has the best sound quality I have ever used beats MSN, Yahoo, Google hands down, almost has land line quality no echo no special equipment for PC to PC, I still use MSN but now I use SKYPE to talk PC to PC not MSN voice, now I can be in another room and hear SKYPE phone ringing and know some is trying to call me unlike other programs when I go to my desk to find someone is trying to get a hold of me hours later because of no alert what so ever.

    I suggest trying it!

    Cons

    The 2 downfalls of this program is not many people use it the other downside is like any program once it becomes popular they will charge for the PC to PC service instead of using ad base for their revenue. I remember using DIALPAD.COM service it was ok but you had to by their headset for better sound quality without their hardware the sound was terrible now they charge because of popularity. For now I will use SKYPE you can’t beat free almost crystal clear talking 2 thumbs up for the service!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "this is terrible"

    August 27, 2005  |   By shadowmage13

    Version: Skype 1.3.0.57

    Pros

    none

    Cons

    google talk is so much better

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  • 4.0 stars

    "no comment"

    August 27, 2005  |   By jdthmrs

    Version: Skype 1.3.0.57

    Pros

    excellence

    Cons

    non

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not FREE..."

    August 25, 2005  |   By Dilberto88

    Version: Skype 1.3.0.57

    Cons

    pronounced; "Sky-Pay"... Thats CLEVER marketing!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "skype is an excellent service product as per my dearest friend"

    August 8, 2005  |   By aboo

    Version: Skype 1.3.0.57

    Pros

    i like it and will give more discriptive later

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Superior Voice Quality for free!!"

    August 4, 2005  |   By JPWhite

    Version: Skype 1.3.0.57

    Pros

    Better quality than regular phone.

    Free for pc-pc communications.

    Easy to use and configure.

    Ability to call regular phone numbers (Skypeout).

    Ablity to purcahse a number in one or more countries (Skypein).

    VoiceMail

    Cons

    Can't record conversations within Skype program.

    Premium services can be awkward to pay for due to strict credit policies at Skype.

    Non Standard protocol used. SIP Voip phones not compatible.

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