So a friend of mine encourages me to download Skype. At first I decide not to, since it’s something I probably won’t use – instant messaging is usually fine and works on narrowband without any problems. But then this Guardian article came around, and I thought ‘what the heck’. And now I have to say I’m impressed.
The software is nice and easy to use – anyone who’s used IM for a while should have no problems, and the sound quality is excellent – argubly better than using a phone. Admittedly both parties had reasonable connections but even when we were downloading stuff quality was good enough, and it was able to cope with temporary reductions in bandwidth. Unlike other VoIP services, it’s free, encrypted and decentralised too.
So, it gets my recommendation. Note that I meant to write this last Thursday but I haven’t really had the time.