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    Cybermagell​an

    I went and got myself a headset and want to make some PC to Phone calls however don't really want to pay for it. I know Skype exist however and has it's abilities however I was wondering if there is anything Microsoft related to use? Maybe something I'm not finding?

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    Manip

    It is not free with anyone (without some kind of catch). Skype is the best on the market, but if you want to go with an inferior solution with a Microsoft stamp on the box then that is your call.

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    BryanF

    As Manip said, Skype is your best bet at this point. If you're looking for a Microsoft alternative, I'm pretty sure I recall the Windows Live Messenger Beta having some sort of deal with MCI for PC to phone calls. It still isn't free, but at CES last month Microsoft showed some phones that integrate with Live Messenger, so that may be interesting to watch down the road.

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    Stephen

    BryanF wrote:

    As Manip said, Skype is your best bet at this point. If you're looking for a Microsoft alternative, I'm pretty sure I recall the Windows Live Messenger Beta having some sort of deal with MCI for PC to phone calls. It still isn't free, but at CES last month Microsoft showed some phones that integrate with Live Messenger, so that may be interesting to watch down the road.



    As far as I am aware this will be in WLM8 though it is not displayed at present to Aussies using WLM8 Beta... Sad

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    Stephen

    Oh yeah and Skype...

    AP wrote:
    Skype, the Internet calling service recently acquired by eBay Inc., provides free voice calls and instant messaging between users. Unlike other Internet voice services, Skype calls are encrypted—encoded using complex mathematical operations. That apparently makes them impossible to snoop on, though the company leaves the issue somewhat open to question.

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    SlackmasterK

    Well since nobody's mentioned it yet, you might try Skype.  I thought DialPad was okay until they started charging...years ago.

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    W3bbo

    MSN Messneger 2.0 through 3.0 had built-in VOIP functionality via Net2Phone (some random VOIP company during the dotcom boom), I don't know where they are now, but the prices were a rip-off and the sound quality was horrid on dial-up (which everyone had at the time, except me... yay for ISDN)

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    eagle

    Net2Phone is on Broad Street in Newark, NJ.

    There are now several services better and cheaper then Skype. You can get a free phone # and answering service on a few of them, on Skype that's a premium service

    Google and Microsoft will be in this space in a big way soon....

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    Manip

    eagle wrote:
    There are now several services better and cheaper then Skype. You can get a free phone # and answering service on a few of them, on Skype that's a premium service


    For example?

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    eagle

    I use Stanaphone and Skype.

    At CES I met the Dalfone team, but haven't tried them yet...

    Microsoft now owns Teleo and Gizmo is just down the street from Google.

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    Manip

    eagle wrote:

    I use Stanaphone and Skype.

    At CES I met the Dalfone team, but haven't tried them yet...

    Microsoft now owns Teleo and Gizmo is just down the street from Google.



    No, I want examples of:

    eagle wrote: You can get a free phone #

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