NewsForge: Send in the Skype Clones

“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


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