Skype is offering 10 free minutes of outgoing call credit. In its basic free offering, Skype allows you to make free calls over the internet to anyone else who also has Skype. Since Skype is available for Windows, Linux, PocketPC and Mac OS X the user base has grown in exponential fashion. Furthermore, the quality of the product has driven a free marketing campaign for the company. With additional add-ons you can extend the functionality of Skype to include voice mail services, your own choice of a telephone number, and the ability to make calls to any phone in the world ( e.g Public Switched Telephone Network). Skype-Out is one such add-on that allows you to make calls to regular phone numbers. In order to claim the 10 free minutes, after signing into your Skype account and click on the promotional banner. As soon as I get Virtual PC setup I intend to test Gizmo – another competitor in the Internet phone marketplace. With the constant increase of outsourcing in the customer service market and organizations striving to cut down operating costs even further it’s probably only a matter of time before companies like Vonage (The broadband phone company) or products like Skype and Gizmo take over as the preferred method of telecommunications in various sectors.
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