Thursday, September 30, 2004

Skype: WKAR radio interview demonstrates quality of a VOIP call from Northern Michigan to East Lansing

Scott Pohl of WKAR-FM (NPR in East Lansing) and I discussed Skype, the VOIP (Voice over IP) startup from the folks who brought you Kazaa. Skype users can talk to each other for free over the Internet, or a Skype user can use Skypeout to dial out on the global switched telephone network to reach virtually any telephone on Earth. Skype-to-Skype is free; Skypeout is cheap -- for instance, 1.7 Euro cents a minute to call the U.S.

This was a fun interview, becuase our topic was VOIP long distance, and our means of communication was VOIP long distance.

The recorded interview gives you a pretty good idea of the quality of voice over IP a la Skypeout.

Now that AT&T is pronouncing the acronym as "voyp" in national ads, I guess that means it's now in the lexicon.

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