Skype Hopes to Change What You Talk About on the Phone

Skype Conversation Ads

Skype's revenues have always depended on your willingness to change the way you talk over the phone. Now the service, recently bought by Microsoft, hopes to make money on what you actually talk about. The company has announced the launch of what it calls "Conversation Ads," large targeted ads that appear on the screen when a non-paying Skype user is talking to another subscriber while using the service's "Skype for Windows" client. Skype hopes that the "Conversation Ads" will actually … [Read more...]

OpenSky Builds the Bridge Between VoIP and Skype

VoIP provider Gizmo5 has created a gateway allowing any SIP aware device (desktop set, mobile phone, softphone) to make and receive calls with Skype users. The new service from the company formerly known as SIPphone is called OpenSky and certainly enables functionality many have clamored for in recent years. The gateway requires registration with Gizmo5 (natch) and free calls are limited to 5 minutes, with free calls up to two hours permitted when you pay a $20 annual fee. Once you're … [Read more...]

Review: Call Recorder Plug In for Skype on the Mac


Ecamm's Call Recorder plug-in for Skype is an easy-to-install, easy-to-use solution for enabling voice and video call recording in Skype, well worth the $15 cost — a highly recommended plug-in for anyone with a Mac who wants to keep records of their voice and video calling history in Skype. I ran into a situation over the weekend where I had scheduled what I knew would be a long interview, something I wanted to be able to refer to later this week when I'm writing up a profile of my … [Read more...]

CommBytes 9/19/07

Free World Dialup wants FaceBook users to try its new voicemail via FaceBook. FWD President Dan Berninger tells more about it.  Ottowa-based Pika technologies launched its Asterisk-PBX-in-a-box appliance this week, joining Fonality and SwitchVox in this market. The device will be shown at AstriCon next week and start shipping in January 2008.  Communigate launched new version of its unified communications client interface, Pronto! Version 1.2 delivers new call control and … [Read more...]