How often do you use your phone in the course of a day? Do you feel –at least on some days- that you have had a phone surgically attached to your head? Maybe, your days begin and end (or so it seems) with a phone call. For many people, being on the phone is the norm-not the exception. However, the cost of communication seems to be rising, and many are looking for ways to keep in touch without spending a great deal of money. Fortunately, there have been a number of VoIP companies such as Vonage, Skype, Clearwire, Time Warner and others that offer communication for less. One such VoIP service that we’ve been recently trying out in the office is Ooma.
If you have been using alternatives to traditional phone service for any length of time, then chances are, you are familiar with Skype. Since its beginning in 2005, Skype users have grown from 75 user accounts to more than 663 million registered users as of September 2011. Skype is a VoIP service that works on a peer-to-peer system, which is shown in its name “Sky peer to peer.” Over the years, Skype has developed a variety of features, such as voice chat, instant messaging and video conferencing that can support up to 25 people at a time.