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  • 3.0 stars

    "Yahoo Messenger V 6 is better then V 7 Voice Chat better Quality then PC-PC Call"

    August 30, 2005  |   By vande75



    #1- Voicemail Feature is nice.

    The only thing new about the Yahoo Messenger 7 is it offers PC to PC calling and user can leave Voicemails for Offline Users. While the Voicemail feature is very usefull...(Go to 'Cons' section)



    #1- PC to PC calling has poor sound quality.

    #2- Voice Chat feature of earlier versions is NOT available anymore in this new version 7.

    #3- PC to PC call did not work for few hours. No information about server problems in Yahoo Help.

    (cont)...the PC to PC calling has very low quality sound. It feels like you are talking to someone on Pluto. Sometimes the PC to PC calls never go through. The first time I tried using the PC to PC calling with an online friend, it wrongfully said the "User did not answer". In fact I was chatting with the user and the user never got any rings. I presume the PC to PC Voice Server was down. After a few hours when the PC to PC call did work, the quality was so pathetic, I immedietely realized that the Good-Old voice chat was much better. Unfortunately the new Yahoo Messenger 7 does not have an option to Voice-Chat anymore. So the only way to talk to someone with this new version was the sad PC to PC call. I tried to look for Yahoo messenger 6 setup file in the Yahoo website but none available there. Thanks to Download com I found it here. Im happy with the old version 6 and I can live without the Voicemail feature.

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  • Reply by hacking_und3rgr0und on July 6, 2006

    Download version here (copy url and remove spaces)> (h t t p semi //) hackingund3rgr0und(dot)forumcircle(dot)com(slash)viewtopic(dot)php?p=9#9

    -Reborn ;)

  • Reply by MistyVixenn on November 10, 2005

    this new version is killing me... and my computer.. everytime someone accidently hits the call button my puter wigs out after wards. There is never anyone there and then I lose all connection to the voice server. And if I don't uninstall it when it happens and re-install it, then with in 24 hours I have a computer that keeps rebooting itself. Please help me get 6.0 back.... I have friends going thru the same thing... and they want it back also...

  • Reply by AngelRea on November 5, 2005

    For anyone still searching for previous versions of yahoo messenger. You can find an archive of all previous versions at If you have trouble email me at for the link.

  • Reply by YARTES on October 2, 2005

    I made the big mistake to download the version 7.0, I was using version 6.0 and the voice chat feature used to work perfectly with good sound quality. Now I am screwed. The version 7.0 devores your bandwidth and the sound quality is TERRIBLE!!!!!!!

  • Reply by Dawnjoy on September 19, 2005

    Downloaded two hours ago and sounds like I'm in a bathroom talking to my friend. Has taken all this time to figure out the problem is not us but as we can see from here the unlucky for some Version 7.

    Good old voice chat was simple, clear and enabled us to do just what it said on the box...voice chat.

    You would make two old friends very happy if you could point us in the direction of where to download version 6. Please if you haven't downloaded 7 and you are happy with 6...don't do it!

  • Reply by dragonwine on September 14, 2005

    First of all..thanks for a useful review of the new version of Yahoo Messenger. I find the 7.0 version to be quite unstable and "right-click" sensitive beyond belief. Unfortunately I'm in the same boat as you were once with an inability to transfer back to the original 6.0 version due to it missing on

    Do you mind providing me with the link to the download of version 6.0 you found here at or email that zip file to me at: ? It would be more than appreciated.

    Thanks again for a helpful, well-thought review..

    - Dee

  • Reply by frankco74 on September 12, 2005

    Does anyone know where i can download yahoo messenger version V6.0.0.1922. I tried this site but with no luck.

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