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Title: Skype - voice over IP
Post by: Slim on September 22, 2004, 23:54:00 pm
Anyone tried Skype (http://www.skype.com/)?  For those who haven't heard of it, it's essentially an Internet phone service - very much like Yahoo IM with voice, but you can also make calls to standard telephones "anywhere in the world at local rates", allegedly.

(http://www.skype.com/i/screenshots/step1_windows.png)
Title: Re: Skype - voice over IP
Post by: Bez on September 23, 2004, 00:07:14 am
I'd be interested to understand how they cope with guranteeing voice traffic priority over the internet ! Its difficult enough over a private network...
Title: Re: Skype - voice over IP
Post by: Slim on September 23, 2004, 02:05:24 am
As far as I know it doesn't get priority, it's just UDP fired at a particular port.  However although I haven't tried Skype, voice over IP in general can work quite well - Yahoo voice chat works quite acceptably even when speaking to someone with a dialup.
Title: Re: Skype - voice over IP
Post by: Jonno on September 23, 2004, 04:55:49 am
Its the bloke that wrote Kazaa that started Skype if I'm not mistaken.
Title: Re: Skype - voice over IP
Post by: Eya on September 23, 2004, 05:29:20 am
A couple of years ago I used to work in a company that  both provided and used voip , not the one  you named, though. I even considered I'd have one home, but for me it only would have worked if I had had more  calls abroad.

And nowadays I  prefer  iChat AV  (live chat) when talking to my mates ...
Title: Re: Skype - voice over IP
Post by: Roberts_in_Rio on September 23, 2004, 15:32:55 pm
Used Callserve when I was working in India last year, seemed to work really well, calls to the uk were about 5p per minute. :o
Title: Re: Skype - voice over IP
Post by: Henk on September 23, 2004, 15:59:12 pm
Tried it once, but it worked really good !
Title: Re: Skype - voice over IP
Post by: Chris Quartly on September 23, 2004, 16:14:39 pm
QuoteTried it once, but it worked really good !

me too, it's a great program but I stopped using it because for some reason it doesn't work on Carrie's machine, tried all sorts of programs but we can never seem to get something working on both!
Title: Re: Skype - voice over IP
Post by: Ashley on September 24, 2004, 00:34:02 am
Quote

me too, it's a great program but I stopped using it because for some reason it doesn't work on Carrie's machine, tried all sorts of programs but we can never seem to get something working on both!

I take it your side works ok then?  ;)
Title: Re: Skype - voice over IP
Post by: roll the bones on September 24, 2004, 00:56:18 am
It works great!  I've only used it to talk online to online to my parents in another state.  I know people who have used it to call regular phone lines and they have also had nothing but excellent results.