Monday, June 20, 2005

VoIP comes of age: the rise and rise of Skype

jun 19th

skype, the free VoIP-based service for PC to PC phone calls, claims it has had 100 million downloads. it is fast becoming the gold standard for voice-over-IP, and the few times i have used it, i have not been disappointed: it seems better than other services i have used in the past. of course, the advantage is that it costs you absolutely nothing to talk to someone else on a PC anywhere in the world: the only requirement is a broadband internet connection and a headset/mike combination at both ends.

they also offer PC to landline calls at some 2 cents a minute. i have never tried it. they have also now started a mechanism landline to PC calls. some entrepreneur is planning to also offer mobile-to-skype calls, i just read about it somewhere.

this skype thing could become a phenomenon.

the founders of the scandinavian company were those behind kazaa, the peer-to-peer music and file downloading software.

7 comments:

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san said...

I agree about VOIP. That's what Indian call centers have been benefiting from, and now an increasing number of ordinary consumers. Since WiFi is increasingly used for wireless IP, that means VOIP is also likely to move in that direction too. There are companies selling mobile phones with WiFi connectivity (they search for local WiFi connection first). Also, there are already university campuses where WiFi phones are available for use. Cellular companies are have been buying up WiFi hotspots, as they've seen the writing on the wall for some time now. I want an "always on" connectivity, and one phone# for life.
There is another company which is offering a complementary software to Skype's, which can offer videoconferencing in conjunction with Skype.

san said...

Another interesting technical advancement of note:

A much faster ethernet technology has been announced. This could enable upgrades to far faster bandwidth at lesser cost. Also note the next page of the article.

san said...

Here's an interesting technological development:

http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20050607005993&newsLang=en

Apparently, someone has designed a Cheap & Rugged Axial Turbine

Another cute tech invention I also just read about:
Japan has developed a Robotic Exo-skeletal Suit

Heh, anyone remember the old Robert Heinlein novel, Starship Troopers?
Maybe the turbine could be used to power it. ;)

More practically, a cheap rugged fuel-tolerant turbine could provide power for villages. Maybe Shahrukh Khan can make a movie about it. ;P

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