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Author Topic: I am fed up with skype but is there an alternative?  (Read 1042 times)

kalos

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I am fed up with skype but is there an alternative?
« on: April 08, 2016, 11:50:49 AM »
hello!

I am really fed up with skype

the call quality is very low with frequent noise, interruptions and hangs

I don't know what the problem can be, but I have otherwise okay internet connection!

is there an alternative?

thanks!

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Re: I am fed up with skype but is there an alternative?
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2016, 06:20:22 PM »
Alternatives a plenty. Go to the site: http://alternativeto.net/ and type Skype in its search option.

Don't expect the person you want to communicate with to change to whatever client you decide to use. Even when the alternative is better, people don't want the hassle to recreate their contact list(s) in this new client, just for you and you alone.

You would better go after finding out why your Skype connection is bad and how you can improve. Google is your friend. Perhaps Bing too.

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Re: I am fed up with skype but is there an alternative?
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2016, 09:17:05 PM »
Most people have a Google account of some sort, whether Gmail, Google+, or YouTube.  Which means they have ready access to Google Voice and Hangouts, and don't know or care that it can do VoIP as well as Skype can, just nobody uses it.   :P
Shows you the power of branding, eh?

As far as alternatives and quality go, if you can convince your friends to use a different client, most any app using SIP can work as well as a land-line phone depending on your internet traffic, but all parties have to sign up with a SIP provider, of which there are many free options.  For group conversations, Mumble works very well, and the setup is minimal.

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Re: I am fed up with skype but is there an alternative?
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2016, 11:12:54 AM »
thanks but can you provide me a specific recommendation? I don't want ads, bloatware, spyware, stupid apps etc.
I installed Viber and it wants me to also install it on a phone which is ridiculous!
Is there a SIMPLE plug in and play software to videochat?
thanks!

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Re: I am fed up with skype but is there an alternative?
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2016, 04:28:24 PM »
Is there a SIMPLE plug in and play software to videochat?
Skype or Google Hangouts.

Sorry, but that's it, really - you'll be hard pressed to find anything that works better. Video conferencing is hard to do well, there's a whole lot of non-trivial stuff involved... and since you're asking for "plug and play" (which, I assume, means no port forwarding and such), you'll be hard pressed to find something that works better than Google's and Microsoft's offerings :(
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Re: I am fed up with skype but is there an alternative?
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2016, 08:00:41 PM »
Is there a SIMPLE plug in and play software to videochat?
Skype or Google Hangouts.

If you and your friends have Google+ (a given if you use gmail), AND you use Chrome, Google Hangouts is your best option.
Go to: https://hangouts.google.com/
Choose the Chrome link on the "Download for:" bar, it will install as a Chrome extension.

That is as simple as it gets as far as Skype alternatives.  Any other service will want you to sign up with another web service, site, etc.
Makeuseof.com has a review of 6 different ones, but I think Google is your best option:
http://www.makeuseof...t-free-alternatives/

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Re: I am fed up with skype but is there an alternative?
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2016, 02:12:44 AM »
I know you specifically mentioned options for "videochat" but FYI if you don't need video, there are a lot of options.


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Re: I am fed up with skype but is there an alternative?
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2016, 02:15:00 PM »
I know you specifically mentioned options for "videochat" but FYI if you don't need video, there are a lot of options.

That's where I was going next.  And is a good option in many cases.