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Re: Why no Skype packages?

Alan Chandler <alan@chandlerfamily.org.uk> wrote:
> Rumour has it that the skype protocol will route (other peoples) voice 
> traffic through your PC even when you are not making a call.

Not just rumour but confirmed by the "technical" information on Skype's
own website.

> There are STANDARDS in place for voip and it might be better to use 
> them. [...]

> There used to be a service called Freeworlddialup which you could 
> connect to other people in the world, but last year it went over to a 
> paying service. Since I've never used it, it didn't matter.

Take a look at a SIP based VoIP softphone such as twinkle or ekiga
(or a hardware device such as the Sipura/Linksys SPA3102). European
users can use companies such as Sipgate or SMSListo.com to route phone
calls bidirectionally between their PC and the world's phone network. UK
users considering this option could do well to search the archives of
the usenet newsgroup uk.telecom.voip for plenty of practical details.

I believe there are also Skype/SIP gateways but I've not (yet) used one.


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