Wednesday, December 10, 2008


I just downloaded an application (iSkoot) on my BlackBerry that allows me to make SkypeOut calls on my phone. The application links into Skype and shows me all my contacts. It lets me send Skype text messages and call Skype contacts on their computer with wireless airtime. For SkypeOut calls, it also uses airtime and Skype credits. I tried calling a cell phone in Chengdu and iSkoot connected me through a US number with 617 area code (Boston, MA). The connection was pretty good, similar if I directly dialed China from my cell phone. Not counting airtime, the difference is $3/minute vs. $0.021/minute using SkypeOut. Pretty cool... though I don't know how they make money with this service.

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