Skyping Across the Atlantic
by Niel M. Bornstein
Related link: http://www.skype.com/
My friends have been talking about Skype, the new internet telephony service. Calls between Skype clients are free, and client software is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
I downloaded the Mac OS X client last night. It installed easily, in true Mac fashion. Within minutes I received a call from my friend and colleague Edd Dumbill -- the first time we've actually ever heard each others' voices.
He came through loud and clear, even on the iBook's tiny built-in speakers. And although the iBook has no audio in port, Edd reports that the built-in mic produced decent sound on his end of the connection across the pond.
Ultimately I expect to be using Skype mostly to have some fun chatting with some of my imaginary friends on the internet. With its conferencing feature, Skype will also make for some interesting group chats.
And with its "SkypeOut" feature -- allowing you to call a regular telephone line from Skype for a low rate of € 0.017 per minute -- I may find a practical use for Skype on those rare occasions when I do need to call a regular phone from the road.
I haven't been interested in VoIP technology until now. I'm still not saying it's the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I can see the advantages.
Do you Skype?
Interview to a Skype VoIP user