Friday, July 29, 2005

Skype Lowers Rates

Skype announced today that they've lowered their SkypeOut service rates to over 20 countries in conjunction with the 1 year birthday of the SkypeOut service.

The new rate is 0.17 Euros (about 2.3 cents) to the following countries: Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bulgaria, the Cook Islands, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Korea, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland (mobile), Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka and Turkey.

They've also added six additional countries to the new lower global rate plan: China, Greece, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Poland and Switzerland.

Along with the reductions came a few increases. Rates to Saudia Arabia, Papua New Guinea, Oman, Lichtenstein and Haiti have gone up slightly.

The new rates take effect on September 1, 2005.

SkypOut is a unique long distance service that is available through the free Skype application to be able to call almost any number in the world at low prices through your computer and internet connection.

Overall great news for consumers looking to save more on outgoing calls. To find out more about Skype, or to download the software free, visit Skype. If I can help with your Skype questions, email me at (replace the AT) or Skype me at "coachmark".

All the best!


Thursday, July 21, 2005

Packet 8 Offers Incentives

Packet 8 (8x8), the leader in VoIP video phone service is offering incentives for new customers this summer.

The company is offering free activation on both standard and video phone plans through July, as well as a $19.95 discount. That's at least $49 off standard new account setup.

Packet 8's staff and customers have some interesting applications for their VoIP video phone service. Some staff use it to stay in touch with their children and older parents, and some use it just to check in on their pets and yell at them if they're misbehaving! (the video phone has a neat auto-answer mode) Since the video phones are reasonably priced at $99, the service is getting quite popular.

Using the Packet8 phone service also just got a whole lot cooler, cleaner and even more convenient with the introduction of the Uniden Whole House VoIP System. The slick new Packet8-enabled Uniden UIP1868P is a 5.8GHz digital expandable corded/cordless IP phone system with built-in full router functionality. The UIP1868P is a fully integrated, service-ready phone system available at the Packet8 online store for $159 (base unit and one cordless handset).

Incorporating 8x8’s patented Internet telephony software, the UIP1868P offers plug-and-play access to Packet8’s feature-rich broadband telephone service and can deploy Packet8 capability to as many as 10 Uniden feature rich cordless handsets using a single broadband Internet connection.

Learn more about Packet 8 and their July promotion.

Keep VoIPing!


Sunday, July 03, 2005

Cities Afraid of VoIP Tax Loses

Most cities around the country rely on telephone tax revenue. In the wake of increased VoIP subscribers, cities are afraid that the loses will affect critical services they provide for their residents.

Telephone service is one of the most taxed services, coming in at between 2 - 21% of your monthly phone bill depending on where you live. Ouch!

Since VoIP is an internet based service, is virtually tax free and unregulated at this time (and should stay that way in my opinoin). There are about 1 million VoIP subscribers today, and upwards of 30 million are projected by 2009.

Read more at the Detriot News.