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March 20, 2004

Hi Guys!! its Long time since i posted last. No comments from you all. Well i am here and this time have something really exciting to tell you. Read ahead

In my first tech article in pc quest i talked about which protocol H.323 or SIP will rule the roost for VOIP which protocol for VOIP . I ended the story with a note that need of the hour is to build an application which will bring VOIP to masses. We have yahoo messenger msn and icq as free solutions to carry voice over data networks. At that time i read this review between: skype and SIP phones : Internet Telephony Shoot-Out: Skype vs. SIPphone! It is a very comprehensive review of both these technologies.
Skype is somewhat similar to IM based voice chat application but superior to them in sound quality (as claimed by the site, have yet to test it for sound quality )It has host of other benefits over IM applications:

To start with it is fairly easy to install and use just need to Download the application, install it, get the username and you are ready to talk to anybody online and using the application. It works on P2P Technology to connect to other users using Skype. As a matter of fact it is being developed by the makers of Kazaa , which is most widely used file sharing application based on P2P technology.
Other features include: you can use it behind firewalls. It gives you ringer wen you get a call, it even gives you missed call list and has the facility of call waiting and confrencing. One big benefit with Skype is that the calls are encrypted end-to-end using 256-bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption, which is nearly impossible to hack. To know more about Skype Visit

Coming toSIP Phoneswork on SIP (Session Initiation Potocol) and is very easy to install almost similar to regular PSTN phone you use. Its also equally good in sound quality, ease of use and other features but it dont come cheap. Skype is free of cost, you just need to invest some money to get yourself headphones and a mic. I personally liked Skype coz i culd use it widout anyothr stuff just needed to download the application and that was it.

After installing Skype i checked for the users in India, it showed me a loooooooong list of Skype users, whom I can call. I checked the applicaion with one of my frien could not talk to him coz of lack of mic, could only hear the ring and a missed call. I will definitely check the sound quality and let you guys know how good it is.

To sum this up i can say SIP and Skype are equally good difference being that Skype is P2P based software application very much similar to IM
(Better than IM in many ways, as i have written above).Check out the final verdict at Extreme Edge review: VOIP services head to head

Read whatTechnology Review has to say about the Skype.

Well enough for today !! will get back wid more such stuff later !! do tell me how u find Skype.

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