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We all know that people have been clamoring for a way to make Skype calls from their mobile phones. Skype, the company, has been a tad slow in making our wishes come true. However, TalkPlus, a company we have written about in the past, has figured […]

We all know that people have been clamoring for a way to make Skype calls from their mobile phones. Skype, the company, has been a tad slow in making our wishes come true.

However, TalkPlus, a company we have written about in the past, has figured out a way to make Skype In/Out calls – no special Skype software needed. Watch the video on Skype Journal on how it is done, though I don’t think we kids should try it at home.

Skype Journal points out that “TalkPlus has engineered a server without Skype components that talks to the Skype network as if it were a Skype client using Skype’s own language.” Alec Saunders thinks “The impact on Skype/Ebay could be huge. Right now, Skype-Out minutes are free. Their revenue is from licensing, and from an annual 30 euro fee for Skype-In. Why buy a Skype-In number if TalkPlus can do the job?”

Me personally… I refused to get carried away… just yet! When millions use TalkPlus to place millions of calls to Skypers, maybe then it would be time to get really impressed. Up until then… cool video!

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  1. Very interesting how they did this, great article.

  2. Jesse Kopelman Monday, November 13, 2006

    Why would this have a huge (financial) impact on Skype? Isn’t TalkPlus going to cost $120/year vs E30/year for SkypeIn (I doubt the E will get up to $4 any time soon). TalkPlus has more features, but it costs more. If TalkPlus is successful, that just provides Skype an incentive to develop a premium version of SkypeIn that offers similar features to TalkPlus for a price that is higher than SkypeIn, but lower than TalkPlus — E60/year? Either that or just buy TalkPlus (get software and eliminate competition seems like a good move). So, TalkPlus has the ability to impact the future of Skype but hardly in a negative way.

  3. Laina Raveendran Greene Monday, November 13, 2006

    Om, thanks for sharing this with us. Looks really cool as it is another way to access your skype friends through a regular cellphone. Having said that, it looks like you still need to use airtime.

    I have been having fun using skype mobile (skype has a version for mobile phones) on my pocket PC phone (it has quad GSM and UMTS and Wi-fi). I use the Wi-Fi feature to do skype calls so I don;t need to subscribe to data servics (which is so expensive) or use up my airtime. I can also browse the Internet using the Wi-fi feature. The skype mobile feature makes it easier to use sype on my “mobile” phone.

    Just thought I share this info as I am currently a happy skype mobile user using the Wi-fi feature on my phone to make free call-my DoPod 838Pro (which I bought in HK a few weeks back and which Cingular will launch in the US on the 15th Nov in US calling it Cingular 8525.)

  4. You can get the same using http://www.iskoot.com for FREE and down-to-earth marketing slogans

  5. I am a new use of dopod 838pro. I have tried to download skype mobile till now got NO success. I follow every steps. The RUN box never appeared. Did I do something wrong do I missed any thing ? or do have to unlock something in order to run the skype ?
    So guys, please guide me step by step to make my skype work.

  6. Does anyone ever know what happened with this? The implications were huge, and the whole story just vanished.

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