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Topic # 4369 8-Jul-2005 13:31
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Go to www.ipdrum.com (sorry but I can never figure out how to create a link) to check out Skype<->mobile gateway. Idea is you get a cheap mobile and have it permanently connected to a PC via a cable. PC is running Skype and mobile gateway software and has permanent internet connection.

Then, from your normal mobile if you want to call a Skype contact then first you call your mobile connected to the PC, mobile/Skype gateway software answers call and tells you which of your Skype buddies are online (not sure how it does this), then you initiate a Skype call. And same works in reverse if your Skpye buddies call you.

Pretty cool - you are only paying local mobile call rate, and if your mobile connected to the PC is in your Talkzone or local calling group then this could be a zero tariff call!

At the end of the day it is a bit fiddly and obvious response from Telcos is just to lower their costs - but they'll have to lower them significantly. And of course you do have some monthly cost associated with your mobile that is connected to a PC.

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  Reply # 16372 8-Jul-2005 16:18
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This does sound cool but like you say you'd need a plan where calling the gateway mobile costs next to nothing. I wonder how good the voice quality would be as well with mobile network > gateway cable > skype > voip > (potentially) skype > gateway cable > mobile network.

Something tells me I could probably set this up via bluetooth using something like Salling Clicker (http://www.salling.com) without the need to buy a USD80 cable that is probably very phone/OS specific.

(Calls to US/UK/Canada/Australia are only 44cents/minute on vodafone anyway).





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