SkypeOut Active

June 24, 2004

in Skype Journal

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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