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Skype – Free Phone Calls & Video Conferencing October 13, 2006

Posted by greentreadmill in Phone calls, video, web 2.0.
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Skype is amazing. Use it to make phone calls, video conference or instant message – all for free. Of course, you can purchase additional services; they have to make money somehow. These premium offerings allow you to make and receiving calls to and from landlines and mobile phones and provide voicemail and call forwarding services.

A friend of mine is in China. This morning, when I turned on my computer, I checked my Skype account and was surprised to see that he was available. Thinking that bandwidth might be an issue, I used Skype’s instant messaging feature to contact him. He replyed by initiating a video call. Within seconds, we had a video connection and I was talking face to face with my friend halfway across the world. Like I said – amazing!

Check it out at skype.com.

Skype does have some shortcomings. It can’t completely replace your phone, for example, because it can’t be uses to contact 911 services.