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Skype alternative??

Postby towy71 » Tue May 10, 2011 8:01 am

With the announcement that Microparp have bought Skype I am looking for an alternative.

I have never really liked Skype (proprietary closed source, yeuch) but a number of friends using that other OS use it and it has been handy keeping in touch across continents but now I would like another cross-platform alternative, any ideas??
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Postby ollie » Tue May 10, 2011 10:03 am

You can try Ekiga for Linux and Windows.
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Postby nelz » Tue May 10, 2011 10:22 am

You trust MS even less than the self-confessed pirates that created Skype?

If you stick to standard SIP, which is a proper, open standard, you can use just about any client you like, on just about any platform. There are plenty of providers of SIP services, I use sipgate.co.uk, free to any other SIP user and very reasonable for calls to POTS lines.
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Postby towy71 » Tue May 10, 2011 12:34 pm

nelz wrote:You trust MS even less than the self-confessed pirates that created Skype?
Oh yes 8)

nelz wrote:I use sipgate.co.uk, free to any other SIP user and very reasonable for calls to POTS lines
Thanks for that nelz just what I was looking for :)
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Postby bobthebob1234 » Tue May 10, 2011 1:17 pm

nelz wrote:You trust MS even less than the self-confessed pirates that created Skype?


At least they confessed to being pirates unlike MS :D
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Re: Skype alternative??

Postby guy » Tue May 10, 2011 7:51 pm

towy71 wrote:but now I would like another cross-platform alternative

Very wise. How long before "another" becomes "a"?
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Postby leke » Tue May 10, 2011 10:03 pm

Haven't used it, but this client looks nice.
Supports "Voice and video call using SIP, XMPP and Google Talk." apparently.
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Postby bobthebob1234 » Tue May 10, 2011 11:22 pm

Oooh i use / used that

works quite well for IM, not sure about sip. you can even use it to talk with facebook chat....
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