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Skype For Online Business?

Posted on 1.03.2006
I have been meaning to write a post about Skype for quite some time. If you are not aware of Skype, it's a program for making free calls over the internet to anyone else who also has downloaded the program - computer to computer.

I was thinking last night when talking to a friend in Germany using Skype that small online businesses (or small businesses in general) can capitalize on the benefits provided by VOIP providers such as Skype and greatly reduce their phone bills. Personally, I have found that Skype has excellent sound quality and have not had any security issues (knock on wood) yet. Skype developers have also taken time to bridge the platform gap. That means it works well for talking, sending IM's or transferring files between Windows, MacOS X, Linux and PDAs using Pocket PC.

In addition, Skype is making some inroads into the general consumer population and launching a new service with Kodak (this week at the consumer electronics show - CES) that combines live voice conversations and photo sharing. The advantage for many small business owners (especially international ones) is that you get a regular phone number for people to call you at and all for just a few cents a minute. It has become an essential part of my home communication and I can certainly see numerous applications in the online business world. Take a look for yourself at

Pete Prestipino - WSM Managing Editor

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