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Skype

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Skype is well regarded for offering stable, free VOIP to other Skype users and affordable calling from a PC to a phone, be it a landline or a cell phone. The most recent upgrade makes getting in touch with friends and family--and even complete strangers--much, much easier.

Functionality still varies depending on your Internet connection and what else you're doing with it while using Skype, but they are making some efforts to improve that. When you finish a Skype call, a Web page opens and asks you about the conversation's sound quality. The clean layout combines familiar chat client functions with a dialing interface, so that calling a phone is as simple as entering the desired number and hitting the dial button.

Improvements include conference calling with as many as nine people, video calling, and a browser plug-in that turns phone numbers on Web pages into links that automatically dial via Skype when clicked. There are also Skypecasts, throwbacks to the party-line multiperson telephone conversations from the mid-20th century.

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

    "Still duking it out with MSN's version, but a worthy opponent..."

    June 17, 2008  |   By nbeltz

    Version: Skype 3.8.0.115

    Pros

    Great idea for a program. Used it when I was in China to call home, bought a number in the US that I could use to check voice mails and receive calls on, and bought call out credit to contact China. A must for any traveler.

    They take feedback to help improve their system, and have messenger as a back-up talk option, which allows me to forgive some setbacks in call quality.

    Cons

    Notes:

    1. You need a microphone. (I know...duh), but I had a friend get surprised by this. It only makes sense--this is how I found out that my pc had an internal mic, so you might be surprised!

    2. I've heard Skype is better than MSN for video chat, but my camera did not work in China for either. Those same people say that Skype's audio quality is not as good as MSN. Based on experiences with both, I agree. They seem to be working hard on call quality and there are some great features you can purchase that I am unsure MSN has (Skype out, Skype phone #).

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  • 2.0 stars

    "easy to use"

    May 27, 2008  |   By sesly

    Version: Skype 3.8.0.115

    Pros

    seems your friends are just a short distance away. furthermore, free pc to pc...i like it

    Cons

    can't distinguish who is talking because the speaker's name isn't highlight or can't pinpoint who is abusing the room either. many of the pictures shown on skype directory are hardcore (pornography). can the skype management prevent such abuses?

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Skype is exelent."

    May 12, 2008  |   By petrusimmers

    Version: Skype 3.8.0.115

    Pros

    Overal, I do like Skype very much and it is very easy to use.

    Cons

    Skype out is to expensive and you have to pay in Euro's

    plus the exage rate.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "No problems"

    May 11, 2008  |   By lucid oldie

    Version: Skype 3.8.0.115

    Pros

    Works okay...better than Live.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good Software..."

    May 7, 2008  |   By harsh4us

    Version: Skype 3.8.0.115

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Overhyped underpowered VOIP leader. Rubbish for business."

    May 6, 2008  |   By VivamexLimited

    Version: Skype 3.8.0.115

    Pros

    Free basic service is OK. Good for personal use.

    Cons

    If you try something like SkypeIn to Skype to Forward to Skype out to create flexible call routing for yourself it will work but callers will experience 7 to 8 rings before they hear anything. Goodbye customer!

    Lack of proper business facilities yet constant banging on about "Skype for Business" to bring new victims to their door.

    Legendarily awful support. Don't bother calling them. It's the seldom answered forum or nothing. Problems get fixed by other users more than they do by the company.

    100% lock in of any SkypeIn number you choose so that were you for instance to print it on cards and give it to your mates and then change your mind you would not be able to take it with you, they would have to change all their records, you would have to throw away any contact cards etc.

    Call quality is not great. I can tell when other people call me from Skype. A "Robot echo" is almost invariably present.

    90% of 3rd party add ins are almost toy like.

    Calls are Skype standard rather than SIP so no free calls to other VOIP providers, only Skype to Skype.

    Skype - In business terms it's just some sort of horrible trap! Keep it for free personal use only and never give out your SkypeIn number commercially.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "economic
    economic
    "

    May 4, 2008  |   By austinpbanks

    Version: Skype 3.8.0.115

    Pros

    economic

    Cons

    nothing

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  • 5.0 stars

    "love it, easy to use"

    May 3, 2008  |   By ornab

    Version: Skype 3.8.0.115

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  • 5.0 stars

    "very good service"

    May 2, 2008  |   By ludwig saenger

    Version: Skype 3.8.0.115

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