[FoRK] Down with long distance.... Skype goes mobile

Ian Andrew Bell FoRK fork
Mon Jun 27 23:09:30 PDT 2005

Looked at this last week.

To use it you need

     1)    Two phones
     2)    Two GSM cards, ergo two wireless accounts
     3)    Two-stage dialing for every long distance call

Which adds up to...


All so that you can do what, save on long distance?  If I just signed  
up for another $40/mo. wireless phone, bought some crazy $80 cable,  
fucked around with software for hours on end, and sentenced myself to  
having to two-stage dial every long distance recipient, I have cost  
myself much more than I would spend in a year on Long Distance.

Sorry, I value my time.  This has no material effect on any business,  
LD or otherwise.  The tyranny of distance rages on unabated, and  
anyway it's not the distance between Peoria and your house -- it's  
the distance between you and the network, and that's where you'll be  
forced to bend over by large corporations for quite some time to  
come, my friends.

Who do you think is raking in cash terminating all those VoIP minutes  
on to the PSTN for Vonage and Skype?

Answer:  The Incumbents.


On 27-Jun-05, at 9:40 PM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:

> http://www.ipdrum.com/subpage.aspx?m=4&amid=73
> IPdrum Mobile Skype Cable
> The IPdrum Mobile Skype Cable consists of an interconnecting cable  
> between a mobile phone and a computer, and software. The computer  
> must be connected both to a mobile phone and to the internet and  
> cooperating with the Skype program the IPdrum program enables user  
> access to the Skype service by using a mobile telephone!
> The clue is the mobile telephone connected to the computer. This  
> "base station" mobile will make a link between the Skype connection  
> and the user's phone via a local call setup. Both incoming and  
> outgoing calls can be handled by the system.
> The main features of the IPdrum Mobile Skype Cable:
> ? Forwarding of incoming Skype calls to PSTN- or mobile phone
> ? Outgoing calls to Skype subscribers
> ? Outgoing calls to stationary and mobile telephones using the  
> SkypeOut subscription service
> ? Synchronizing of contacts from mobile
> ? Synchronizing of contacts in Skype
> ? Connecting/Synchronizing contacts with Skype users
> The IPdrum Mobile Skype Cable will be available from medio august  
> onwards.
> The retail price is estimated to be $60 ? $80, depending of the  
> type of mobile to be connected.
> -- 
> swilliams at hpti.com http://www.hpti.com Per: sdw at lig.net http://sdw.st
> Stephen D. Williams 703-724-0118W 703-995-0407Fax 20147-4622 AIM: sdw
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