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Re: RE: Re: Skype alternatives and overseas communications

Postby nakatago » Thu, 19 May 2016 12:36 pm

Bigjohn32819 wrote:the popular whatsapp app soon releasing video calls ...

goodbye skype ?


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Postby Strong Eagle » Thu, 19 May 2016 10:48 pm

Bigjohn32819 wrote:the popular whatsapp app soon releasing video calls ...

goodbye skype ?


I doubt it but I curse the day MS bought Skype and so royally screwed up the signup process and the mobile apps.

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Re: Skype alternatives and overseas communications

Postby Brah » Fri, 20 May 2016 12:31 am

I see no reason to stop using Skype, even if I tentatively adopt other apps which do similar things
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Re: RE: Re: Skype alternatives and overseas communications

Postby nakatago » Fri, 20 May 2016 6:28 am

Strong Eagle wrote:
Bigjohn32819 wrote:the popular whatsapp app soon releasing video calls ...

goodbye skype ?


I doubt it but I curse the day MS bought Skype and so royally screwed up the signup process and the mobile apps.


Whatsapp don't do cross-platform as smoothly as the others as it relies on end-to-end connections*, the other end being your phone (it has desktop/web apps now but it needs the phone app to be active on a phone).

That said, Skype isn't a smooth user experience and quality is iffy on my use cases so I only use it when absolutely necessary.

*kinda required if you want encrypted connections.

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Re: Skype alternatives and overseas communications

Postby Liftoggle » Fri, 27 May 2016 1:37 am

rajagainstthemachine wrote:check out go to meeting, its quite a good and free collaboration tool, it goes above VOIP calling, however certain features may require subscription.

check it here : http://www.gotomeeting.com.sg/


I'd agree with this. Had good success with Gotomeeting.

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Re: Skype alternatives and overseas communications

Postby bgd » Wed, 05 Oct 2016 3:11 pm

You think phone calls are secure? You need to read the press.

Whatsapp, at least for messages, is encrypted end to end. That's a bit more secure than a phone call. Facebook is not secure simply because people post all their private stuff for the world to see. That's not the fault of the app and you can't blame FB for using the data that people are willing to share. Same goes for Google, it tracks your searches and websites visited and shares that with 3rd parties. They are pretty open about it.

And email? I see that Yahoo have been trawling emails at the behest of the NSA for certain phrases. Not safe too.

But back on topic, IMO has good video, seems to be a popular Skype alternative with some.

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Re: Skype alternatives and overseas communications

Postby Strong Eagle » Fri, 07 Oct 2016 11:49 am

[quote="bgd"]You think phone calls are secure? You need to read the press.[quote]

Cellular phone calls are encrypted. While not the strongest, the average Joe is not going to listen to your conversations.

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Re: Skype alternatives and overseas communications

Postby rajagainstthemachine » Mon, 10 Oct 2016 10:06 am

About eight years ago, many pbx vendors were experimenting with end to end security for enterprise calling, however at that time carriers were still largely offering isdn and E1/T1 TDM circuits , so when VoIP calls were transcoded into TDM they lost the encryption, so it was not really secure end to end, fast forward to 2016, carriers offer SIP circuits, hence VoIP end to end,the result is end to end secure calling is now possible.
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Re: Skype alternatives and overseas communications

Postby risris » Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:43 am

You can try ooVoo !

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Re: Skype alternatives and overseas communications

Postby alexeyy » Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:47 am

Google voice/hangout works pretty well for me.

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Re: Skype alternatives and overseas communications

Postby rajagainstthemachine » Wed, 19 Apr 2017 8:18 pm

skype video calling has been sucky for quite some time now.. the audio establishes but the video sometimes doesn't for until say 15 minutes into the call.. wtf skype? :???:
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