Skype Alternative

The place to post if you need help or advice

Moderators: ChrisThornett, LXF moderators

Skype Alternative

Postby Narendra » Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:55 am

Please suggest some cheap alternatives to Skype!
Thank you.
Narendra
Narendra
LXF regular
 
Posts: 327
Joined: Wed Mar 14, 2007 4:32 pm
Location: East Midlands, UK.

Postby nelz » Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:08 am

It depends on what you want to do. If you install a SIP client, like Telepathy, then Google for SIP providers. There are tones of them , with varying rates. Which one is best for you depends on where you want to call.

Personally, I just stick with www.sipgate.co.uk
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." (Albert Einstein)
User avatar
nelz
Site admin
 
Posts: 8545
Joined: Mon Apr 04, 2005 11:52 am
Location: Warrington, UK

Postby ajgreeny » Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:42 pm

The biggest problem is simply that just about every other user only knows of, and therefore uses Skype.
You will therefore need some evangelism regarding VOIP applications before you can sensibly use an alternative to speak to anyone else.
Xubuntu 12.04 user, and loving it!
ajgreeny
LXF regular
 
Posts: 461
Joined: Wed May 10, 2006 8:18 pm
Location: Oxfordshire.

Postby nelz » Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:56 pm

Skype-to-Skype calls are free, so in asking for a lower cost alternative it would appear that Narenda want to use it to call POTS phones.
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." (Albert Einstein)
User avatar
nelz
Site admin
 
Posts: 8545
Joined: Mon Apr 04, 2005 11:52 am
Location: Warrington, UK

Postby Narendra » Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:33 am

Since MIcrosoft have taken over Skype the costs of sending SMS and calling within the Uk have gone up.

So I am looking for its alternative. Even the Sipgate is expensive.
Narendra
Narendra
LXF regular
 
Posts: 327
Joined: Wed Mar 14, 2007 4:32 pm
Location: East Midlands, UK.

Postby nelz » Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:52 am

The best price alternative for UK calls and texts is probably a mobile phone. SIP is good for calling other SIP users or abroad, but for calls to UK numbers, especially mobiles, a bundled mobile deal is usually cheapest.
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." (Albert Einstein)
User avatar
nelz
Site admin
 
Posts: 8545
Joined: Mon Apr 04, 2005 11:52 am
Location: Warrington, UK

Postby Narendra » Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:01 am

Thank you very much for your reply.
Narendra
Narendra
LXF regular
 
Posts: 327
Joined: Wed Mar 14, 2007 4:32 pm
Location: East Midlands, UK.

Postby mm tylor » Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:12 pm

There is best alternative of Skype is SIP. SIP is a great for making calls. Its services are good and sound quality is very well
mm tylor
 

Postby Narendra » Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:25 pm

Thank you very much for your reply.
I'll try using it.
Narendra
Narendra
LXF regular
 
Posts: 327
Joined: Wed Mar 14, 2007 4:32 pm
Location: East Midlands, UK.

Postby allanroger » Tue Feb 11, 2014 5:21 am

I was in a similar boat myself, looking for a Skype alternative, when I happened upon RHUB, which is what I prefer for my online collaboration. It's easy to use, and RHUB is very secure.
allanroger
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Feb 10, 2014 5:03 am

Re: Skype Alternative

Postby Alex01UK » Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:04 pm

Narendra wrote:Please suggest some cheap alternatives to Skype!
Thank you.


I use the Pidgin client, with all the plugins installed. to connect to the icq network. Pidgin does all the formats, even skype. at last count, msn, yahoo, skype, goggle and aol configured just now. I think. icq is the best overall though I find, for me. Loads of eye candy makes you appear in colours etc where others don't have the option! dyslexic acid off the internet is **** it is at! Just now, ThatIs. ie for instance / that is!
Chrome OS: Samsung ARM Series 3 Chromebook, 32bit ARM Ubuntu 12.o4 HFCE.
64bit Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit Ubuntu Studio 14.1o, 32bit Mint 17 MATE.

''I am what I am, because we are what we are.''
User avatar
Alex01UK
LXF regular
 
Posts: 258
Joined: Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:31 pm
Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Re: Skype Alternative

Postby ajgreeny » Sat Feb 15, 2014 3:21 pm

Alex01UK wrote:
Narendra wrote:Please suggest some cheap alternatives to Skype!
Thank you.


I use the Pidgin client, with all the plugins installed. to connect to the icq network. Pidgin does all the formats, even skype. at last count, msn, yahoo, skype, goggle and aol configured just now. I think. icq is the best overall though I find, for me. Loads of eye candy makes you appear in colours etc where others don't have the option! dyslexic acid off the internet is **** it is at! Just now, ThatIs. ie for instance / that is!

Are you certain it will connect to skype?
Last time I asked about this I was told that skype only talked to skype.
Have things changed now M$ has taken over at skype? It seems unlikely to me, but who knows?
Xubuntu 12.04 user, and loving it!
ajgreeny
LXF regular
 
Posts: 461
Joined: Wed May 10, 2006 8:18 pm
Location: Oxfordshire.

Postby towy71 » Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:00 am

if you just want computer to computer conversations you could try https://talky.io which a brilliant way of video conferencing securely just using chrome browser
still looking for that door into summer
User avatar
towy71
Moderator
 
Posts: 4266
Joined: Wed Apr 06, 2005 2:11 pm
Location: wild West Wales

Re: Skype Alternative

Postby Alex01UK » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:33 am

> Are you certain it will connect to skype?
> Last time I asked about this I was told that skype only talked to > skype.
> Have things changed now M$ has taken over at skype?
> It seems unlikely to me, but who knows?

The Pidgin client will definitely connect to the skype network. Whether or not somebody connected to the skype network can chat to somebody on google or msn etc I have no idea. I think skype to msn might be possible now but I don't know 1oo%

My understanding, is that the Pidgin Client will do everything that the official skype client can do regarding talking to other people.

hth, from Alex.
Chrome OS: Samsung ARM Series 3 Chromebook, 32bit ARM Ubuntu 12.o4 HFCE.
64bit Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit Ubuntu Studio 14.1o, 32bit Mint 17 MATE.

''I am what I am, because we are what we are.''
User avatar
Alex01UK
LXF regular
 
Posts: 258
Joined: Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:31 pm
Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Postby Bazza » Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:07 pm

We do a great deal with the EADS Corporation.

They tore apart Skype a few years ago.

This might be worth a read:-

https://www.ossir.org/windows/supports/ ... _Skype.pdf
73...

Bazza, G0LCU...

Team AMIGA...
User avatar
Bazza
LXF regular
 
Posts: 1482
Joined: Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:16 am
Location: Loughborough


Return to Help!

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest