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SkypeOut Active

SkypeOut is active. Click on Skype "Tools" and "Go to my Account Page". It was simple to spend my first 10 Euros. My account took a few minutes for my Skype dialer to show the credit.

I then dialed New Zealand for a couple of quick test calls. I didn't experience any noticable latency on these calls. The wideband Skype sound was missing the low's and highs I'm accustomed to. I also had to adjust the volume way up to make it work.

A quick look at the forum suggests not all calls are going through without latency; particularly when directed to a cellphone.

I'm a little surprised they are not releasing it with a "beta" minutes bonus. The rates are competitive although not the only low rates out there.

Note charged rates are rounded up to the next minute. This is a game versus offering it as a charge vs the second. The longer the call the less it matters. However those wasted no message answerphone calls will get you.

My billing list showed a number that was impossible to dial. Ie not enough digits. It was a did not connect. There was no feedback at the skype dialer to wrong number. There is also no "clear" button on the dialer and Americans will find it strange that there is a + or 00 before the country code.

I tried to create a PSTN conference call to two PSTN lines and couldn't. Not sure if this should be possible.

Don't expect it to be perfect!

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Comments (7)

azem:

Have you found anywhere with better pricing? Excluding flat rate, I found that Skype did have the cheapest rates I could find and marginally higher than carriers-carrier rates which suggests they are just using their low cost base and low customer acquisition cost to just offer minutes at lower margins.

The minutes vs seconds billing is a great point. Skype will be buying minutes by the second so we can kind of figure out what the effect will be. It basically doubles their prices, assuming random lengths of calls.

Which means that their rates aren't really competitive at all.

craig:

Firefly...www.freshtel.net charges by the second. no charge for no answers.

jms:

Yes, freshtel.net might bill per second, however their rates are about 3 TIMES MORE EXPENSIVE than skype....
skype 1.2 centime of euro (0.012 euro) namely about 1.4 cent$ for over 20 countries
freshtel: around at least 4.5 to 6 for the same countries...

rskriver:

Anyone know when Skypeout will restart making new customer buy credits? I am a wannabie user and I cannot get started.

matt:

Big delays on non-ADSL lines with this software. Was a problem trying to call over seas

Saycat:

Hi
Tried to buy Skype credit using my credit card - but failed every time because for some reason the payment was refused. Any ideas?

terry keenan:

tried skypeout, still more expensive than phonecards .will wait six months or so until the price drops substantialy

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