Will PhoneGAIM Unseat Skype

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Will PhoneGAIM Unseat Skype

When you are number one, you have a permanent bull's-eye on your back and such is the case with Skype, the company that generates a hundred thousand downloads in the time it takes some of us to have lunch. By the time I post this there will be over 50,000,000 Skype downloads. Still, not as many as McDonalds has served but impressive nonetheless and more Atkins-friendly to boot.So should it come as a surprise that Skype competitors are are lined up many-deep to try to unseat the current download champ from their lofty perch? When Tom Keating recently wrote PhoneGAIM Targets Skype, I had to stop and take notice because these guys have a great piece of software that could really legitimately challenge Skype.Tom reports that the  software allows pc to phone service but more importantly allows for free VoIP calls between IM users such as ICQ, AOL and MSN!How does Skype fight such an open system and with 50 million downloads do they even need to? We will see how the VoIP community responds to this new and more open offering and I am looking forward to seeing a new download meter appear on www.phonegaim.com.


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