Interesting Irish perspective on Skype and VoIP:
HOW POPULAR IS Skype in
More concrete evidence comes in the form of Skype Zones – designated locations where, for a monthly fee of 6.50, you can make unlimited calls using a software download from a company called Boingo.
Skype isn’t alone in the market, however. Vonage offers a similar service and is very popular in the US, while both BT and Yahoo have announced VoIP services that will undercut Skype in cost.
Ian Fogg, broadband and VoIP analyst at JupiterResearch, recently told tech news website vnunews.com: "This is a very dynamic market and there is an acceptance that using the internet and the PC to make phone calls is going mainstream."
So don’t be surprised to find someone you know Skyping, Vonaging or VoIPing in one form or another in the new year. It might even be you.