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9 Skype Alternatives Worth Considering
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TomDausy
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1/23/2016 | 12:02:29 PM
Google Voice
Worth mentioning that Google Voice is now fully integrated within Google Hangouts
hohum
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hohum,
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1/23/2016 | 8:08:32 PM
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Not a great article....

facetime is hardly an alternative as it only works Apple stuff.

13% of phones and 8% of PCs

 
shamika
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1/25/2016 | 6:23:02 AM
Re: Google Voice
This seems to be an interesting initiative. This will definitely be a threat to skype in future.
mak63
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1/26/2016 | 2:50:11 AM
Re: Google Voice
Google Voice has been out for years. I've been using it since Google bought GrandCentral. I believe, I've been using it for more than 5 years already.
Nowadays, I use Hangouts Dialer to make phone calls (US calls only). Whatsapp for intenational calls (not bad really), and of course, Voice and Whatsapp for chat and txt.
What I like to see is a comparison between Line vs. WeChat. My family and friends are stuck in Skype, but I'd like to give'em both a try. I like the Shake function. Sounds fun.
mak63
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1/26/2016 | 2:57:42 AM
Re: Google Voice
@TomDausy "Worth mentioning that Google Voice is now fully integrated within Google Hangouts"
Yes, since last year if I'm not mistaken, I still use Voice for texts though, and Hangouts Dialer for phone calls. You can't beat free!
PedroGonzales
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1/29/2016 | 10:31:52 AM
Re: Google Voice
Thank you for the alternatives, they are great. I think Google phone can be use for professionals. If I do not want to give my phone to people at networking events, I can always give them my Google phone, get back to them that way. I used Google phone when I travel abroad because I can call my family easily with only a WIFIconnection.  I can talk and see my family using facetime. 
batye
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1/29/2016 | 12:06:38 PM
Re: Google Voice
thank you, good info for a road warrior :)
jries921
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6/11/2016 | 4:36:22 PM
Re: Google Voice
I haven't tried it, but Ekiga still looks like a viable alternative.  It will even do the VOIP to telephone service thing.
shamika
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1/25/2016 | 6:23:39 AM
Talky
Awesome. By the way does this support any type of Android phone?
adb.computer
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1/25/2016 | 9:40:11 PM
You forgot the BBM!!!
BBM is cross platform that allows video, IM and also content sharing across multiple platforms - iOS, Android, Windows and of course Blackberry where it all started.
Jono8000
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6/11/2016 | 5:35:50 AM
Re: You forgot the BBM!!!
also forgot the WebRTC startups, some really interesting companies out there i.e. www.seedesks.com or breakoutroom.io etc 
IntheWind
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8/13/2016 | 1:42:25 PM
Line
Line is the best alternative I have found, plus it has lots of neat things like albums, ability to save important parts of convos, edit images etc. My son moved to Japan and initially I used it because he preferred it but since that time I've found many friends on it and we use it as a Skype alternative because it's one of the few that is equally great on desktop as well as mobile. 
AllanN036
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11/11/2016 | 6:40:01 PM
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11/14/2016 | 12:17:26 PM
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JulietB730
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11/16/2016 | 5:25:54 AM
Video conferencing
Apart from Skype, you may have a look at R-HUB web video conferencing servers for all our online conferencing needs. It is an on premise solution which works from behind your firewall, hence, better security; plus it allows 30 people in a video conference at same time.
Aaron22222
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1/9/2017 | 1:07:52 PM
Check Your System Resources If You Use Skype
When you load Skype, press Ctrl-Alt-Dlt and check your memory usage! I have only 4Gb with more than 85% taken up mainly by Skype. The worse fact is, if it is loaded during the boot, the memory bug will already be there. The worst is, if you have other programs running in the vbackground, Skype will prevent memory to be freed even if you logout and/or quit Skype. It is mainly due to relevant svchost. You can delete the task that takes up GB'2 of memory manually and if lucky no other vital tasks will be stopped and you will see that memory usage will go to 15% from 85% or so. 
peshP507
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2/6/2017 | 6:36:37 AM
Facetime but no mention of WhatsApp?
No mention of Whatsapp? Cross platform and video calling ...and free.

Facetime?  Really?
GerasisZmogelis
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6/17/2017 | 11:55:31 AM
Re: Facetime but no mention of WhatsApp?
It's as cross platform as others on the list. Sure, WhatsApp is closer alternative, but does not work on Win7 and Linux, soon BB10 will be abandoned as well.

Sadly none of these alternatives are alternatives to Skype, which covers most of platforms and it is cross-platform.
baller188
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3/14/2017 | 6:28:35 AM
Trading Skype Alternatives
I've always used skype, so this is a good read to find alternatives. Thank you
Plumber
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3/21/2017 | 5:32:36 PM
Costa Mesa Plumber
Wow I didn't know there were so many alternatives  to Skype!  The more options the better.
Plumber
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3/21/2017 | 5:35:09 PM
Gas Line Installation
I'm a huge lover of Google Voice.
Plumber
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3/21/2017 | 5:36:21 PM
Roof Repair Orange County
I do love Skype though!  But it's crazy how much technology is available,  most of it for free.
moarsauce123
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3/21/2017 | 11:32:03 PM
QQ VOIP
qq international is a good one. works on xp, and also on cell phones
JohnM10701
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4/28/2017 | 10:45:12 AM
Skype
Thank you for providing some alternatives to Skype.  Skype may work ok as an app on a smartphone but it sucks when using it with Linux Mint 17.3 operating system  Since Microsoft took over Skype they probably don't like providiing Skype access to another operating system than Windows.  It took several attempts to install Skype on my laptop and it only worked for 3 months before giving me an error message when trying to log in.  I contacted technical support and was told to uninstall then reinstall their newer versions for Linux.  Neither version would install and as a result I lost my extensive contact list.  I cancelled my subscription and am looking for something better.


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