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New Internet Telephone: Skype

Author: Shaney Crawford, Issue: April 2004, Topic: Telephone

There is a new kind of Internet Telephone that people living away from their friends and families will LOVE. It is called Skype and it is available at http://www.skype.com. Some of you may have tried the voice function of messenger programs, but this is much, much better than that. The reception is so clear it sounds like the person is right beside you. In fact, the reception is better than my phone.

In order to use Skype software, your computer must meet the following minimum system requirements:

  • PC running Windows 2000 or XP
  • 400 MHz processor
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 10 MB free disk space on your hard drive
  • Sound Card, speakers and microphone
  • Internet Connection (either dial-up: minimum 33.6 Kbps modem, or any broadband: cable, DSL, etc.)

I downloaded the program and tried it out with a couple of friends in Tokyo and I was really amazed with the results. If you tend to spend a lot on phone bills, this program could save you a great deal of money.

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