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Skyping across the Atlantic

I had a chat with Les over Skype a few minutes ago. It was mostly so that he could verify it was actually working, which it was, and despite him being thousands of miles away in a different country the sound quality was almost perfect. Didn’t cost a thing, either. He wrote his side of the story here.
Though I do log onto Skype regularly, I can’t say I actually use it that much. I’ve only ever spoken to another Skype user once – I mostly use it for SkypeOut to call my parents. So this was a bit different.
Also, unlike Les, I have made international calls. I routinely receive them at work from overseas university applicants, and occasionally I’ve made them too. The sound quality is nothing on Skype though.

One Comment

  1. At my last fulltime job we used Skype for chat all the time, it was incredibly useful for communicating with people in an office a few thousand miles away. Can’t say I’ve ever made a voice call with it though – we routed telephone calls between the offices over a standard H323 VoIP link.
    I was tempted to get SkypeIn now that I have no land-line phone, but sipgate offer that service for free and let me use my VoIP phone rather than leaving a laptop constantly running. Besides, nobody ever called my last land-line number except my family – everybody else just calls my mobile.
    Actually I’m guessing that Skype would be better quality than my mobile though, O2 coverage around here seems terrible – especially whilst underground.