October 22, 2003

Rhymes With Hype

The fact that I just learned about Skype today makes me aware that a) I need to read Slashdot.org more often, b) I've been needlessly wasting money on phone bills, and c) the blogosphere rocks.

It was actually on Outside the Beltway that I read the post about Skype, the hot new free VoIP (Voice over IP) software from the Swedish inventors of KaZaA. Then my Slashdot search turned up this review of the Skype product as compared to the competing SIPphone technology.

I had tried out DialPad and other attempts at Internet/Phone services a year or so ago, and wasn't at all impressed with the result, but the reviewers say that the sound quality of the call is significantly better now, so I'm going to give it a try. Looks like eventually the SIP device may make more sense, but since they're charging $80-130 for hardware at the moment, I'll limit my experimentation to the freebie for now. I'm off to install and test. Film at 11.

Posted by dan at October 22, 2003 3:35 PM