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Free SkypeOut Calls

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SkypeOut, the portion of Skype's service that places calls from Skype to traditional phone numbers costs a nominal fee no matter where you're calling - until now. Tom Keating of VoIP Blog points out that placing a free SkypeOut call to's free 411 service (800-373-3411) and having them connect the call (also free) results in no charge against your SkypeOut balance. The trick is, Skype does not charge SkypeOut minutes to place toll free calls. Of course the price of free in this case is a commercial message prior to the connection of your call.

The Trillian of VoIP

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Buzz wants a Trillian for VoIP apps like Skype. Gizmo is that app for the VoIP solutions built on SIP, which is an open standard Skype didn't bother with. I've already called into Joel at his desk phone on the UCLA campus because UCLA is SIP enabled. No need for Skype out, I'm still in network.

Skype - Beyond the Hype

Way back in 1999, I was installing voice over IP systems for enterprise customers paying several hundred thousand dollars to replace their existing hardware. The software worked, but remained victim of the frequent reboots required by Windows NT 4. Services have improved since then, but the technology is still overpriced in many markets.

Four years later, the P2P guys figured out they can tie existing VoIP technology together with P2P to make a killer phone system - Skype. And they are doing it for free. Finally, a use for P2P that won't have the RIAA beating down your door (unless Skype starts including on-hold music).

Skype leverages the talents of two guys from the Kazaa team, offering a service that makes it simple to connect with any of your friends who also have Skype installed on their system. At the moment there's no integration with the traditional land and cell phone services, but there is virtually no need.

Sure, you still need a cell phone for travel, because this will probably never work in the car, but it could easily replace your home phone as a means for communication on broadband networks. The ability to see your friends, business associates, and relatives online means no more leaving "hey, call me back" messages. Just wait until you see someone you want to talk to online, then call.

When VoIP via P2P technology hits a point where you can call friends using a headset, PDA, and Skype software, using a wireless network, existing phone services will feel the financial hurt. I doubt P2P will kill either cellular or landline phone service, but it will certainly shift some dollars from the pockets of businesses that have far too much control over the way we communicate - I can't wait.

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