20 thoughts on “For Skype, One More Headache Called Yahoo”

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  2. VoIP works best as hardware not software. For common adoption, a user needs something to just plug in and use it like a regular phone. These software solutions will die in the end.

  3. voip is hw and sw. only the computer won’t fit up to your ear. phones will ease usability, but will still need the features of today’s and future soft phones.

    skype really ticked me off today, enough to go somewhere else. they cancelled my password and gave me a new one, but sent it to my old e-mail address. so i can’t get into my skype. all my data and money are gone, not to mention i can’t use the darn thing. forget 911, just give me my phone back! maybe not, i don’t think i want it.

    Hello Yahoo!

  4. Not only Skype, all current VoIP players will be feeling the heat brought about by Yahoo! and bigger companies like MSN, Google and AOL are eyeing the bazaar with lustful eyes.

    Anyway, with IPFones coming up with the first ever clear and high-quality calls via Internet using USB handsets more will follow soon. Now we can truly hope to see innovations like a mouse being doubled as a handheld device that can blink or beep when a call comes through.

    I hope I can get a patent for this:-P

  5. Personally I think the ebay/skype deal was a mistake. Ebay did this on the basis of improving communications for their users.

    I read this.
    “Toronto, Canada, December 01, 2005 – Canadian company Vbuzzer challenges Skype on the use of their proprietary approach, maintaining their position that an open standard protocol is best for VoIP users.

    Vbuzzer is challenging the proprietary protocol many VoIP companies are using which has left users vulnerable to security holes, virus attack, memory leaks, abnormal port activities and paying for inferior quality. “We are appealing to every VoIP provider to employ an open standard protocol,” says Mike Mu, President of Softroute Corporation the developers of Vbuzzer. “What a nightmare it would be if we had to use different protocols to browse AOL or Yahoo online, but that is exactly what is happening in the VoIP world. Users suffer from incompatibility across the network. It’s absolutely ridiculous when companies like Skype use their own proprietary protocols and then have to convert to SIP when user’s call “out”. There’s a lot of lost quality,” insists Mu. The recent announcement by Yahoo and MSN to interconnect their IM and VoIP networks endorses Mu’s argument.”
    Plus Mu just makes sense, I think.

    As for proprietary vs. open standard, I don’t see proprietary as lasting too long. Any successful encryption has been developed as an open standard. Proprietary encryption always fails and I believe proprietary voip will fail. For Skype, the headache may be it’s own making. Take an aspirin, innumerable research articles have be published about aspirin. Aspirin has developed as an open standard. A lot of research is being done now to find out if aspirin can be used for other problems.

  6. As was discussed earlier this week here, Yahoo is already in the process of building an emotional bond with its users through their messenger Avatars. Now Yahoo plans to extend their regular IM services – to a VoIP experience, which is a significant upgrade in service and a leap forward. On top of that they will strengthen their value proposition by allowing their users to personalize the VoIP experience with avatars and ringtones. In doing so, the user’s emotional bond can be translated into customer loyalty and revenues.

    Creating, maintaining and getting emotional involvement with a personalized avatar are a business strategy which Comverse, Mobile Avatars, Klonies, shares with Yahoo. Klonies, a new mobile-web personalization service, allows users to create a character from the mobile phone and/or the web. After choosing a certain look, the user can call his friends who get to see this newly created Avatar (Klonie) on their handsets. So this Avatar is now the representation of the caller in the mobile sphere, just like on the web. This way, you could personalize the way you look on your friends’ mobile whenever calling or sending an SMS.

    This is a very similar experience to what Yahoo intends to introduce to their customers. In both cases, self generated Avatars are used to represent the user with their communication counterparts. The value lies in creating an emotional bond to this character and thus increases the likelihood to use the service and prefer it over the competitors offering.

  7. Avatars aren’t my thing. It seems like another cheap gimmick or some sort of cult of personality marketing trend. I did a news search and most of the top avatar stories were from India. I guess they have a bigger avatar industry than the U.S. does. Now text and pictures aren’t good enough for communication, so you will need to bond with your avatar. Get a life!

  8. Google on Wifi. “We are excited about the widespread enthusiasm for this technology and are currently investigating ways to make it more broadly available in the future.”

    Maybe you’ll need a Google avatar first to get that emotional bond established. I’ll investigate it and let you know when I find out. For now wifi is on hold and avatars are the new new thing in digital lifestyle. It’s so exciting! Maybe we can hack something together using Hello Kitty 2.0.

  9. There are connections that you just don’t know about Om. I’d tell you more if I could, but this stuff is classified. I shouldn’t even be talking about it really.

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  11. I wouldn’t trust Skype with my kid’s playphone. That’s what they are is a playphone service. Would you trust your phone service to these yoyo’s who change passwords on your behalf without your permission and don’t reply within 24 hours. I’m out. SkypeOut!!

  12. I wonder how far all the skype-type comapnies will go as SPs begin to have more and more control over the type of traffic that gets carried over their networks. As SPs get more control, they may not be inclined to limit such traffic as skype, which adds loads on to their networks but provides no revenues.

  13. What does this mean to us Dialpad customers?? Will we get this deal as well now, along with the chance to purchase a phone number? Or will all my loyalty to them be fornaught?

    I would appreciate any help in finding the answers. I have tried but I can not get any answers. Thanks for your assistance.

  14. My local POTS company charges me 3 times for a land line and 1/3 of the features.

    My taxes on my bill amount to 14%. Go figure

    Does VOIP have a future??

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