Skype Sticks a Thumb in their User's Eye

Skype Sticks a Thumb in their User's Eye

Summary: For a long time - in fact, from the beginning if my memory serves correctly - Skype has "promised" that Skype-to-Skype calls will "always be free". Well, it turns out that promise is worth exactly as much as any other promise Skype has ever made, or will ever make for that matter.

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For a long time - in fact, from the beginning if my memory serves correctly - Skype has "promised" that Skype-to-Skype calls will "always be free". Well, it turns out that promise is worth exactly as much as any other promise Skype has ever made, or will ever make for that matter. A big, fat nothing.

Skype calls made on the iPhone via 3G will be "free" only until the end of this year. They originally tried to make the cutoff even earlier - August 2010 - but have apparently retreated to a later date as a result of a huge protest from Skype users. They don't mention it specifically, but you can bet your last dollar that the same "Whoops, no longer free" policy will apply to other mobile/3G versions.

Everyone here who is surprised raise your hand...

jw

Topic: Linux

J.A. Watson

About J.A. Watson

I started working with what we called "analog computers" in aircraft maintenance with the United States Air Force in 1970. After finishing military service and returning to university, I was introduced to microprocessors and machine language programming on Intel 4040 processors. After that I also worked on, operated and programmed Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-8, PDP-11 (/45 and /70) and VAX minicomputers. I was involved with the first wave of Unix-based microcomputers, in the early '80s. I have been working in software development, operation, installation and support since then.

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  • 4 years and Skype has no interest in either making available a gateway for xmpp servers nor opening their protocol.
    http://forum.skype.com/topic/60706-jabber-integration/
    This deserves an article too I think.
    anonymous