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Skype and Peerio

May 23, 2005

Skype continues to take the VoIP market by storm, but until now the business enterprise couldn't leverage the power of Skype for inexpensive Skype-to-Skype calls or more importantly, phone-to-SkypeOut calls. In fact, currently, Skype is predominantly a PC-based software solution with no hardware-based analog telephony adaptor (ATA) gateways or regular business-class VoIP gateways supporting the Skype protocol. Since most businesses still predominantly rely on hardware-based PBXs, adding integrated Skype support has proved to be difficult. The businesses that do add VoIP to the enterprise predominantly due it with business-class VoIP gateways running the H.323 or SIP protocol, which can then terminate with an Internet Telephony Service Provider (ITSP) such as Net2Phone, Level3, and others.

Unfortunately, even with this VoIP setup, you still can not call Skype users or terminate to PSTN numbers using SkypeOut's termination service.

Skype Mobile

April 19, 2005


According to MobileMag, Skype Technologies co-founder and CEO Niklas Zennstrom reported that a mobile version of Skype will be available this year. I decided to check out to see if Skype had registered any domains with both Skype and "mobile" in the name. Sure enough, I noticed that perhaps a cybersquatter had already purchased www.skypemobile.com. Some further research reveals it is owned by Skyper Limited based out of the Netherlands.In other words, Skype owns this domain and it's parked at GoDaddy with a "Coming Soon!" message.

Skype Tops 100 Million Downloads

April 15, 2005

Personally, I'd be more curious how many actual people use Skype daily rather than a download benchmark - as impressive as 100 million Skype downloads seems. I'm sure lots of people probably download it, try it, and then stop using it. Then you have people that are regular Skypers and download it to their home PC, their 2nd home PC, their work PC, etc. But really it's only 1 Skype user.

Skype + Blog = Next Bill O'Reilly?

March 28, 2005

So you wanna be a journalist eh? Well, these days, just start a blog and you're good to go! Unless of course you're Apple and you don't classify bloggers as journalists. (See Apple suit against blogger) In any case, the good bloggers tend to be great writers and researchers - traits of any good journalist, but do they have the verbal interviewing skills of a no-nonsense, go-getter journalist hound?

Skype v1.2 Released

March 23, 2005

Skype, the Global Internet Telephony Company, today launched Skype for Windows version 1.2 (v 1.2) with enhanced user benefits including a centralized Contacts list, which allows users access to their list of contacts from multiple devices from wherever they connect to Skype, and a new 'Getting Started Wizard,' which makes finding friends, importing contacts and making test calls even easier.

Skype is the leading VOIP-category product worldwide, with more than 31 million registered users growing by more than 160,000 new users per day. More than 6 billion minutes of Skype calls have been made by users around the world who have enjoyed the instantly downloadable, easy-to-use software.

"The latest Skype software for Windows builds on previous versions and takes Skype portability, ubiquity and quality to a new standard for modern communications,"; said Niklas Zennstrom, Skype CEO and co-founder.



Skype and SMS

February 28, 2005

I'm still catching up on email and voicemail from being away from the office for a week attending Internet Telephony Expo - which by the way was a resounding success. I'll link to some photos in my next blog entry. I don't want to hijack the point of this blog post though, so here's the news I received last night, but was too busy spending time with my wife to blog it. Hey, even geeks have lives too!

Skype Poor Customer Service

February 16, 2005

Last night I received an email from an irate Skype customer pleading for me to come to their rescue. Apparently, the woman was double-charged on her checking account, contacted Skype's billing department via billing@skype.com, and hasn't heard "boo" yet from Skype. I couldn't ignore a damsel in distress, so I contacted one of my contacts at Skype, but she was on vacation. I will be speaking with Skype's CEO, Niklas Zennstrom in about a week during the P2P VoIP panel I am modering at Internet Telephony Expo, so I can ask him them what his thoughts are on not only her billing issue, but other complaints I have been hearing about as well.

Skype and Motorola

February 14, 2005

Skype, the Internet telephony software provider, said on Monday it had reached a cooperation agreement with Motorola, the world's third-largest handset marker, aimed at increasing its penetration of its key wireless market. This is big news that was announced at the 3GSM show in Cannes, France. The reason it is big news is that we need the cellular manufacturer "big boys" on board to offer hybrid/combo WiFi/3G/cellular type devices (multiple wireless networks supported) that support VoIP clients, such as SIP, or the popular Skype VoIP client.

In fact, I've recently ranted about "one trick pony" WiFi phones and my desire for combo devices, so I was pleased to read that interest in combination cell and VoIP phones is growing from handset makers, according to executives attending the 3GSM Show. Unfortuately, the cell phone carriers are not too happy with these hybrid devices since they can go around their networks and thereby avoid charges.

Skype for Mac OS X and Linux

February 1, 2005

Skype & Vonage Interviews

January 28, 2005

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