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NewsForge: Send in the Skype Clones

Sep 30, 2005, 08:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)

"Over the past couple of months, public opinion of Skype has shifted from 'media darling' to 'when will their 15 minutes of fame be up?' Judging from forum and blog chatter, it would appear that the novelty of the product is wearing off and early adopters are feeling restless. Luckily, Internet telephony aficionados have standards-based alternatives to choose from.

"This is a dangerous time for Skype, which recently announced it would be sold to eBay. Once users begin to see shortcomings, the door is wide open for a competitor to swoop in and take them all away--particularly when (like Skype), your service is free or pay-as-you-go..."

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