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?