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New Skype Phone Doesn’t Need PC or Wi-Fi

Skype announced a new cordless phone on Thursday that sends and receives Skype calls just like a landline, but without the need for a computer.

Typically, Skype phones work through a computer or a laptop. The new Philips VOIP841 plugs into a standard RJ-11 home phone jack, as well as into an RJ-45 broadband connection jack. It can send and receive Skype calls as well as calls from a regular home phone number.

“So now in order to have Skype, you don’t have to have a PC,” said Manrique Brenes, director of hardware business development for Skype. But you do have to have a broadband connection.

via ABC News

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Global Calling at Local Rates

Nik Cubrilovic at TecCrunch reported another cheap international calling service Rebtel. It provides a local number to both you and your friend overseas. Both the users call a local number and then the call is bridged over VOIP. Here is how it works:

You signup for the service and it gives a local number for you & another local number for your friend. You call the local number and it routes the call to your friend overseas. Your friend now hangs up and calls you back on the the other number (your friend’s local number) while you are still on the line. It is little inconvenient but it works and it is free. They charge $1 per week for unlimited calls but if you don’t call during a week, there is no charge for that week.

I tried it for London, but went back to SkypeIn as I already have a SkypeIn number for UK but I can see this service being useful for people who spend a lot of time on overseas calls. And I assume that down the road they would make this service easier (may be a premium service).

They still don’t have India includes in the list of countries to call & Tejas Patel mentioned after his calculations that it is still more costly to use Rebtel than Skype & Yahoo to call the countries that are not yet in the Rebtel’s list of 30 countries you can make free calls.

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Microsoft, Yahoo connect IM services

CNet reports today:

Nine months after announcing they would make their instant messaging services interoperate, Yahoo and Microsoft have done it.

The companies are set to release on Thursday a limited beta test of a service that will enable users of Windows Live Messenger (the next generation of MSN Messenger) and Yahoo Messenger with Voice to connect with each other.

When you comptetion acts defensive, it certainly means that you are doing something right.Can we say that MS & Yahoo are partnering due to the fear of Skype or Google / AOL annoucement to make their IMs interoperable.

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Skype Protocol Cracked?

Techmeme has it that the Skype Protocol has been cracked. Om Malik calls it a $2.6 billion dollar question. Some Chinese engineers have been able to reverse engineer Skype protocol. The real bad news could be that Skype doesn’t have a lot of protection against such hacking in China

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Webtown Reports:

Today I received a call through Skype from a friend at a company in China, except according to him he was not using Skype to call me. His company has successfully reverse engineered the Skype protocol and he wanted to call me in the United States to see how it worked between physically distant IP addresses.

The advent of the release of this software raises many interesting
issues. According to their CEO, their software will not support Skype’s Super Node technology.

This could also raise security concerns of evesdropping your skype calls or impersonating as another Skype user.

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Skype Announces Free International Calls

Skype is indeed working on freeing up barriers in telecom: Call world for free.

Skype Announces Free International Calls with ‘Skype Days of Summer’ OfferU.S. and Canadian Skype Users Can Make Free International SkypeOut Calls to the United Kingdom, Mexico and Japan for Three July Weekends

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