Archive for June, 2006

Skype Sued

June 5, 2006

Net2Phone is suing Skype for patent infringement.  Net2Phone is saying that Skype violated its “point-to-point Internet Protocol” patent.  After all, Skype uses P2P, unlike Vonage and AT&T’s VoIP.  If Skype loses, eBay is going to have to do serious recoding.

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Review of iCall For Windows

June 2, 2006

Everyone’s been raving about how Skype has allowed free VOIP calling to phonelines.  But iCall (named ironically, because it doesn’t work on a Mac) has been doing this for a year!  You can call in the US or Canada for free.  It’s ad supported (there are contacts that don’t go away), and they sell international rates.  Don’t worry about getting a free iPod, its a raffle, not a spyware link.  It includes voicemail for free!  It doesn’t let you call other iCall users, but it’s not meant for that.  Here’s what we found:

Voice: Terrific!  Sounds better than our phones.
Video: None.
File Transfer: None.
Smileys: None.
Games: None.
Interface: Good.  Looks almost like a real Apple product.
Bottom Line: iCall is really a nice product.  We’ve got friends who use Skype, so we’ll stick to that, however.