Happy to Skype

About 6 weeks ago, Skype started a promotion of offering SkypeOut (calls to land lines in US and Canada) free from US and Canada.

Since then, I’ve been using Skype a lot when I’m sitting here. For starters, the sound quality is better than when I use my Vonage account through the adapter and then to my Vtech handset. Guess there’s less devices for the call to filter through. Skype has a nice status blog to alert folks to system-wide problems.

The disadvantage is that I’m tied to the computer, literally, while on the phone. No running down to the kitchen to get a drink while I’m talking. Of course, there’s Skype-happy hardware I can get but then the pricing starts getting ridiculous for something that is a convenience.

It appears that Skype is doing better overall as a VOIP company than Vonage is. Last I checked eBay’s stock was 3x what Vonage is if that’s any indication. But I’m not nearly ready to give up my Vonage phone numbers. I wonder if a Vonage-generated phone number is even portable? And if so, would Skype take it? At some point Skype should offer a deal to Vonage customers…if I could get the online features of Skype with the offline convenience of using a standard handset phone like I have
now, and I could port my existing phone numbers I’d seriously consider it. E911 issues aside. 


One response to “Happy to Skype”

  1. Bluetooth headsets work wonders… You may not get outside of 30 feet or so, but 25-30 is reasonable, and you can move around one floor pretty easily.