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#11433 23-Jan-2007 12:00
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Anybody tried this yet? Thoughts if you have?

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  #61065 17-Feb-2007 09:45
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Not yet ... but it's finally convinced me to get a treo ... or similar !


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  #61069 17-Feb-2007 10:29
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sbiddle: Anybody tried this yet? Thoughts if you have?

I'm curious as to the economics of this service in NZ.  iSkoot appears to require you to set up call forwarding to/from your mobile via your Skype-connected PC at home.

With the cost of SkypeOut to Mobile calls in NZ (around 50c per minute last time I looked), it would be far cheaper to make international calls directly from your mobile to the majority of countries likely to be most called e.g. Australia, UK, US etc which can usually be called for LESS (typically 30c per minute) than a Land to Mobile call in NZ (typically 40c to 71c per minute).

Kind of crazy but that's the way it is courtesy of the cozy mobile duopoly we have here.


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  #61080 17-Feb-2007 11:23
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It would only be worth doing it over wifi, economically, for calling POTS, but fun to get it going. However, if you have business contacts who are wedded to skype, then I can see the value. I have one major client in England who is maddeningly Skype-mad, and can see this being useful for keeping in touch with him.

In the UK, there are some decent 3G plans that make this economical, but I'm told the jitter (mean variation of latency) makes call quality terrible.


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