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Tech weekend #2 - Skype

If you haven't heard of or used Skype yet, you've gotta look into it. It allows you to call anyone anywhere in the world over the computer for free. I heard about it a couple months back and didn't think much of it. But after downloading the program and actually talking through the speakers in my computer after only a 5-minute hassle-free process, I am now sold on it.

The calls are very clear and it's so easy. No accessories needed. No cost. Nothing. If I knew someone in Tokyo I'd definitely call them tomorrow.

I hope it crushes phone companies and especially cell phone companies which tend to treat their customers like crap because they can.

A little about Skype from Wikipedia:

Skype (rhymes with type) is a proprietary peer-to-peer Internet telephony (VoIP) network, founded by Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, the creators of KaZaA. The Skype Group is headquartered in Luxembourg with offices also in London and Tallinn. Skype users can speak to other Skype users for free, call traditional telephone numbers for a fee (SkypeOut), receive calls from traditional phones for a fee (SkypeIn), and receive voicemail messages for a fee.

In a deal generally criticized by many as overpriced eBay has recently acquired the company for $2.6 billion in cash and stock, plus an additional $1.5 billion in rewards if goals are met by 2008.


posted by Michael Tavani @ 11:46 PM |

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