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Rob Beard wrote:
Skype is an abuse of protocol. Its like the IE4 of the VOIP world - it stops people taking advantage of the real FREE thing, while costing you money and screwing up the internet.Grant Sewell wrote:I'm quite happy with giving them all software-phones. Many people are already using Skype for Skype-Skype communications, so the concept of talking to someone through the computer isn't an alien one.Grant.
You don't need a (separate) sip account. - you already have one if you have a SIP phone. SIP is like html or ftp - its a protocol - the web does the rest. Skype degrades your service, both deliberately (to make you pay for upgrade) and by design - all Skype calls go through Skype so there's always extra hops - if I talk to the bloke next door on Skype it takes me all the way to their servers and back. If I go SIP:blokenext door I go the a router in the exchange and back again, and the service is as good as it can get. If you start with Skype you will probably be stuck with them forever as it will never be 'convenient ' to change - not a good move for you but more money in the bank for Skype -which was built on free software to start with!I guess one advantage of Skype is that it's also available for mobiles. For instance my Nokia e63 on Three has a native Symbian S60 Skype client (voice calling and text chatting only), plus I also have Fring which supports Skype (again voice calling and text only), MSN (text only), Yahoo (text only) and a couple of others. Not sure if it supports Jabber, I believe it does.On the other hand, my phone also supports SIP (at least via wifi), I haven't tried it over the 3G connection due to not having a SIP account anywhere and well, the 3G in my area is poor.
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