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Google Vs. Skype

September 30, 2010

I just read on Mashable that there was a web faceoff between Google Voice and Skype. Well certainly it was high time for that… I am a big Google fan, and they keep on winning me over with everything they do (well… almost everything)

Skype has been on my computer for years, and I mean like at least 6 years, which is a lot given it was launched in 2003. And I am very thankful for Skype, it has been an incredible tool for keeping up with family and friends that are half-way across the world in all my years of worldly roaming; and believe it or not I met my longest relationship on Skype. But lately Skype has been a little picky. There were so many problems with the connection, with the camera, with the voice, it was shutting down, and being completely not responsive… and of course the blame might be on my old craptastic laptop, but still Skype was the pickiest of all prgrammes I have installed.

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So when I was completely bummed with my poor old Skype, Google like a knight in shiny armour announced they are launching Google voice, and even better it is incorporated in gchat and the calls to phone numbers in the US are free. Well, excitement does not fully describe my feelings. Google voice works perfectly! The calls are clear, the camera never crashes, all the friends on gchat can use it and again, it is free to call cell phones! So yeah now it is being used a bit more than Skype. The only problem is that not all my friends that are on Skype have gmail accounts, but that is changing…

Which one do you prefer? Have the launching of Google voice changed your Skype habits?

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