Will Yahoo IM beat Skype?

I’m not really into VoIP thing — not my techie line I guess. But just recently, I installed Yahoo Instant Messenger 7.5 beta. And guess what it comes along? Voice In and Voice Out! Sounds familiar? If you’re a Skype user, it better be.

Skype, considered as the leader (and pioneer?) in low cost VoIP solution, must be going back to the drawing board — trembling, huh? Here’s why:

1. Yahoo has a huge user base. In fact, in my observation, the highest outside of the US.
2. Yahoo Voice Out to the US is cheaper (Yahoo – 1 cent; Skype less than 2.1 cents)
3. Yahoo Voice In is cheaper (US$29/year; Skype – US$37 or 30 euro)

Now, I’m not sure about encryption and technical stuff like that. But would you agree with me that Yahoo’s on it’s way to dominating the VoIP business?

  • http://citizenonmars.blogsome.com/ Major Tom

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  • http://citizenonmars.blogsome.com/ Major Tom

    Hi. These voice online technoogy advancement in the net is so good for all of us net users. I hope the service gets better and better. Nice site by the way.

  • http://mikeabundo.com Mike Abundo

    YM VoIP is still server-based. Skype is P2P, making it much clearer.

    That P2P is Skype’s secret sauce makes sense, considering it was created by the same people who created P2P fileswapping app Kazaa.

  • http://mikeabundo.com Mike Abundo

    YM VoIP is still server-based. Skype is P2P, making it much clearer.

    That P2P is Skype’s secret sauce makes sense, considering it was created by the same people who created P2P fileswapping app Kazaa.

  • http://arnoldgamboa.com Arnold

    Ah. That makes sense, Mike.

  • http://arnoldgamboa.com Arnold

    Ah. That makes sense, Mike.