Skype

Skype has been in use online for several years, and is one of the best choices for voice and video chat around the world.

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skype

If you have a broadband connection (and with some apps, a smart phone on a good 3G or 4G network), then you can get great voice and video quality using the skype network. Skype has many great features, a few drawbacks, and is widely used around the world.

Using skype on a computer with a webcam and a broadband connection you can enjoy great video and sound quality video-chatting with other skype users around the world. Some people choose premium (cost extra) features for using skype as a method to call out or receive calls into skype from regular telephones or cell phones. There are some skype apps available to make some of the features of skype work on various cell phones and mobile devices, although support of these features working with the various cell phone service providers is not universal.

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skype-on-the-iphone

Skype has gone through many changes over the years and continues to change, quality of service is something that has been very dependable the whole time however. Skype harnesses the power of every user’s computer and broadband to add to the skype network power, essentially turning many of the computers and devices that are running one of the skype clients to send data from other people’s audio and video. This gives a lot of power to skype and it’s network. IT does use some of your computer’s resources, and a bit of your broadband signal to boost the other traffic in most cases.

The skype data is encrypted as far as I know, and so using skype you can be sure that your audio and video data is safe from prying eyes. I do not think this has changed, but if you were going to use skype for something that could get you into trouble, I would double check all that! Skype has also rolled out new features to give businesses a way to manage multiple skype accounts and features. Learn more about skype, sign up for an account or download skype software at skype.com

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skype_psp

We had setup a web site a couple years ago and had planned to use the skypecast feature to do some podcasting with video and calls from users, but skype discontinued the skypecasting.

There are many plugins available for use with the skype service, plugins that give you the ability to record your calls, and many others. Using skype with a good headset gives you a great option for doing VOIP – voice over internet.