Three reasons I use Skype

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005
If you've called my office before, chances are you've communicated with me when I was using my portable VOIP system.

I've been using VOIP Technology to communicate with my staff and clients for close to a decade, but it always meant using costly H.323 endpoints, or unpredictable software. That's all changed. I've ditched my mobile voice kit. Why? Skype.  Skype is transforming the way I communicate with others over the internet. Download it, install it, and it works. It works.  Oh, it's also free.

This evening, I enjoyed a Skype conference call with Marc Orchant, in New Mexico, and Michael Sampson, in New Zealand. If you listened to my recent podcast from the digital sandbox, then you heard David and me use Skype to drop in on Marc on our geek day. Amazing, isn't it?

Skype boosts my productivity in three ways:

  • I can see when my contacts are on-line -- presence awareness
  • I can chat instantly with my contacts
  • I can instantly talk with one or more of my contacts

In short. It is now easier for me to communicate with people and for them to communicate with me. The barriers have been lowered.

My VOIP address has been on my business card for years. In that time, only a handful of people have had the tools (or ability) to successfully call me via Now, with Skype, anyone can.

Alright, I'm beginning to sound like a commercial for Skype. Skype Skype Skype. I can't help it.

If you'd like to say hello, my Skype address is eProductivityGuy.

Discussion/Comments (4):

The horror....

Eric: Aaagghh!! (My best Charlie Brown impression)

Not Arizona! New Mexico! (I know, to you mountain folk the desert is the desert, right?)

At least you didn't put me in Texas!


Posted at 03/23/2005 6:19:25 by Marc Orchant

Broken link

I was intrigued by your term "mobile voice kit", but the hyperlink is broken. I found it at { Link } (missing a /dx/ I believe.

Posted at 03/23/2005 10:09:01 by David from OC


Thanks, Marc, and David, for catching my errors.

Posted at 03/23/2005 11:14:04 by Eric Mack

It´s been fun

I received many requests to be added to my Skype contacts list today. I managed to connect with a handful of these people this evening. All in all, some great conversations on gear technology, and life; proof that some of the smartest and most interesting people in the blogosphere read my blog. :-)

Posted at 03/24/2005 2:18:28 by Eric Mack

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