Since everybody is talking about eBay bought them, they finally caught my attention. And since I’ve had a couple of hefty phone bills lately because I have been calling the UK a lot here from Sweden, I thought that it might be a good idea to give it a try and see if it can lower my phone bills a bit.
The first thing I thought was that I had to get a headset of some kind to use it. But it turns out most headsets out there are stereo headsets. (Except for the Bluetooth headsets, but unfortunately none of my computers has Bluetooth support in them.) Stereo headsets might be good if you are playing games and want environmental sounds together with the voices of your co-players. However they effectively cancel out all sounds around you so they are really no good for office use. Or in any other situation where you might care about what is going on in you surrounding for that matter.
Then it occurred to me that my Toshiba Portégé M200 - being a Tablet PC – has a build-in microphone, effectively making it an excellent speaker phone! So I installed Skype, tried it out, and it’s working great! Way above expectations. Heh, well…to tell the truth most of my excitement is actually with my M200.
What has happened now is that people are starting to use Skype instead of Windows Messenger when they want to talk to me. This has led to the insight that voice conversations are significantly more disruptive than IM conversations since they require you to constantly listen to the person on the other end. Whereas an IM conversation lets you read the message and reply at the next convenient moment. They also tend to last longer. I think I’ll have to apply a restriction policy on personal voice conversations during office hours…;
Anyway, my Skype login is “fregro”. Feel free to use it.