Tag Archives: Skype

Skype Pilots SMS Messaging to Wireless

February 28, 2005


Skype SA is running a beta test with UK SMS-to-Email provider Connectotel in which SMS messages can be sent to GSM mobile users by starting a Skype Chat with a user called ‘smsgateway.’

‘smsgateway’ is provided by Connectotel’s new Skype-to-SMS service, which started up three weeks ago in the reverse direction, i.e. SMS-to-Skype.

Following positive alpha tester response, the beta test is being opened up to the public, currently at no charge.  However testers/users have to become authorized by Connectotel first.

Skype is getting the jump on its VoIP competitors by delivering text messaging to mobiles, another communication avenue from the service provider that meets the user demands, according to insustry experts.

SMS already has proven itself as a moneymaker for wireless carriers, and VoIP providers see it as another source of revenue and differentiation. Businesses, in particular, value the concept of presence and the ability to contact workers quickly through messaging, these experts added.

Skype Releases Software Versions for Mac OS X and for Linux

February 4, 2005


skypeThe IP telecom software innovator becomes truly cross-platform, now allowing free calls between Windows, Pocket PC, the Mac and Linux devices, and a call to any landline worldwide at local calling costs.

Skype Technologies SA announced availability from its website of the Version 1.0 downloads of its software for the Mac and Linux, following extensive worldwide beta testing.

Skype for Mac OS X and Skype for Linux include free Skype-to-Skype calling, and conference calling for up to 5 participants, cross-platform communications, presence, personalization, and the pre-pay SkypeOut service for local landline access.

These new products join previous Skype releases in the following features:

— the Skype Global Directory – the user-built global Skype contacts directory

— Instant messaging – cross platform messaging ability

— Conference calling – instantly create a free 5-party conference call

— Logs – reference or discard call and message history

— Presence – manage availability and view status of contacts

— Customization – MyPicture image display, ring tones, call alert options

— File transfer – send and receive files via Skype

— Mobility – sign in to a Skype account anywhere in the world

— SkypeOut – pre-pay to call the PSTN anywhere, at local rates

— Multiple Skype accounts on one computer

— End-to-end encryption.

Skype is available in 20 languages and has more than 23 million registered users worldwide, with more than 130,000 new users per day. Since its launch in August 2003, Skype has been downloaded more than 56 million times.

pulver.Communicator Released to OEMs, Interoperates with Skype

January 6, 2005


The new Instant Messaging / Voice over IP / Two-Way-Video-Calling-over-IP / Presence / Contact-Sharing software product from FWD Communications has been released to OEMs for incorporation into PCs, PDAs, cellphones, and any other IP-enabled device to add an order of magnitude of additional communications capacity.

FWD Communications today announced the general availability of Beta Version 0.94.3 of its pulver.Communicator IP Communications client application to OEM makers of IP-enabled devices, including PCs, PDAs, and cellphones, for incorporation into their product designs.

The pulver.Communicator combines, and leverages the advantages of, the best features of all current leading edge IP communications technologies — Instant Messaging, VoIP, IP-voice conferencing, video calling, presence, and contact-sharing — all in one Windows XP / 2000 PC client application.

Among its most useful features is the ability to integrate and communicate, one-on-one or multi-party, across the provider boundaries of the four major non-interoperable instant messaging (IM) networks, AOL, Yahoo!, MSN, and ICQ — and also to share contact lists from all four services to whatever extent desired.

VoIP connectivity is provided through the worldwide Free World Dialup/FWD Communications network, extended by its over 80 peering agreements with other VoIP providers worldwide. An important addition was made this week by the finalization of a peering arrangement with Skype.

In keeping with its leading edge mission, the pulver.Communicator uses SIP to establish connect-via-hyperlink individual or on-the-fly-conference calls with SIP-enabled contacts. These calls simultaneously support both voice and Instant Messaging. Non-SIP enabled contacts can be sent a Call-Me Link that enables an immediate VoIP call-back to the sender via FWD Communication’s FWDTalk service.

Two-way webcam video calling is also a standard feature enhanced by the pulver.Communicator’s ease of use. Like all pulver.Communicator services, it also draws on the built-in social networking capacity of being able to share contact or buddy lists at will, completely or to whatever extent desired, right from within the software.

Since its official launch in October, 2004, pulver.Communicator has been downloaded more than 50,000 times around the world.

VTech to Release Cordless Skype VoIP Phone

January 4, 2005


The usb7100 VTech Skype cordless phone extends Skype’s free VoIP calling over the Internet from the PC to 2.4GHz cordless handsets throughout the premises.

VTech Communications, Inc today introduced the usb7100 VTech Skype cordless phone that extends Skype’s Internet telephony to the cordless realm. It also extends presence status to the handset display on the cordless phone.

The 2.4 GHz cordless usb7100 phone is expandable up to four handsets, providing high quality Internet calling from anywhere on the premises in range of the VTech base station, which connects to the PC via its USB port.

There is also a connection for a standard land line, providing multiple line access from the handset, and all the standard features of cordless phone technology, including caller ID, call waiting, intercom, and conference calling remain in effect.

Users also have access to presence information on the cordless handset display, showing which contacts are online, as well as being able to set their own presence status, including online, away, or do not disturb.

In addition to Skype’s free peer-to-peer communication, its encryption is extended to the usb7100 VTech Skype, guaranteeing secure communications.

VTech Communications, Inc, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of VTech Holdings Ltd (SEHK:303) (LSE:VTH) (ADR:VTKHY), based in Hong Kong, one of the largest suppliers of corded and cordless phones in North America. It is a pioneer of China-based manufacturing facilities, from which it gains substantial cost leverage.

Level 3 Enabling Skype Thru New VoIP S.A.

August 16, 2004


Global Internet Telephony Company Using Level 3 Network To Support New “SkypeOut Offering

LONDON, July 23, 2004 – Level 3 Communications, Inc. today announced that it has signed an agreement to supply wholesale Voice-over-IP services to Skype, the global Internet telephony company.

Under the terms of the agreement, Skype will use Level 3’s IP-based voice termination service to support its new consumer offering, SkypeOut. The service enables Skype users to make Voice-over-IP calls from their personal computers to any phone anywhere in the world.

“Skype has enjoyed tremendous success in bringing the benefits of Internet calling to consumers all over the globe, said Niklas Zennström, Skype’s co-founder and chief executive officer. “With SkypeOut, we are expanding our service significantly. Our subscribers will now be able to make IP-based voice calls outside the peer-to-peer environment to friends and family who use standard wireline or cell phones, all at highly competitive rates.”

“We selected Level 3 as a termination partner because of the quality and reliability of their network and because of Level 3’s industry-leading experience as a provider of wholesale VoIP services. In particular, Level 3’s softswitch platform provided us with a simple, seamless interface between Skype’s IP-based calling environment and the public switched telephone network. We look forward to working with Level 3 to further enhance the value of Skype services for our existing and prospective customers.

“More than 7 million people in over 170 countries have joined Skype since the company launched its Internet telephony software last year, and the company averages close to 400,000 active users at any point in time, said Sureel Choksi, president of softswitch services for Level 3. “By any measure, that is a significant accomplishment, and a testament to the quality of Skype’s offering and the inherent advantages of Voice over IP.

“We’re extremely pleased that Skype has chosen Level 3 as a primary provider of voice termination services, said Brady Rafuse, president of Level 3’s European operations. “We believe we deliver superior value and experience to our termination customers, and we look forward to supporting Skype on this important initiative.