While Skype might not be the best small business voip service, it does have its benefits. Relatively inexpensive to get started with skype as a voip service. It has been around for a long time. Recently acquired by Microsoft on the 10th May 2011 for $8.5 Billion. With this purchase Microsoft acquired all of the company’s technologies.
A brief history of Skype
Skype was founded in 2003 by Niklas Zennström, from Sweden, and Janus Friis, from Denmark. The Skype software was created by Estonians Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn. The first public beta version was released on 29 August 2003.
How Skype phone works
The Skype phone plugs into your PC or Laptop which in turn is connected to the Internet using a device such as an adsl wireless modem / router.
Using the Skype phone, calls can then be made over the Internet. This voip technology can expand the reach of a small business. By using this technology a small business can reduce expense and increase profit margins.
The once off costs are for the Skype phone, the PC or Laptop , and the adsl wireless modem / router.
The only ongoing charge is the monthly adsl internet charges which in South Africa includes the actual line rental from Telkom (no competition for fixed line). Calls to Skype users are free and only local call charges apply where the other party uses a standard (non Skype) telephone. The software for the Skype phone is downloaded off the Internet free of charge from Skype’s website.
Free international / local phone calls (Skype to Skype), international calls at local skype rates (Skype to PSTN)
The world’s cordless 2-in-1 Skype™ Internet telephone
– for maximum freedom and minimum telephone bills!
The new Olympia Cordless DUAL phone is the first cordless Internet telephone on the market in 2006, using Skype™. It has been developed with you in mind and uses the latest technology, making it easy to install and cheap to use.
The Olympia Cordless DUAL phone is a cordless telephone that can be connected to a normal telephone socket and a USB port on a PC. The display shows whether your friends who also use Skype™, are online. If they are, you simply have to press the appropriate green button and talk to them for free – no matter where they are in the world.
Downside to old Skype Olympia Cordless Dual Phone
If their PC is switched off, or you want to call someone who doesn’t use Skype™, you simply press the other green button and call via the local telephone network in the specified country.
Skype is free Internet telephony that just works.
Skype is for calling other people on their computers or phones.
Download Skype and start calling for free all over the world.
These local calls are charged against the balance on your Skype account which you top up using a credit card.