Is anyone using Skype for their phone service?

Scott Barlow scott.barlow at
Sat Sep 29 09:54:21 MDT 2007

On 9/29/07, Bradley Dorner <bddorner at> wrote:
> I am looking at Skye as a possible replacement for most of my phone line
> at home and for a small business.
> I was wondering if anyone else has done this or what experiences people
> have had with Skype?
> I noticed that there are packages like skype pro and skype in that might
> provide the basics of what
> I am looking for, people can call me from any phone and I can call any
> phone in the US.
> Anyway, what information can you give me?
> Thanks in advance,
> Brad

Bradley -

This year I bought a year subscription of Skypeout so that it would replace
my home office phone. The good part is that my phone goes with me anywhere,
as I use a wired headset. The disadvantage was that I had to be at my PC
always to make and receive calls. I believe a Wi-Fi phone would have been
more convenient. But the biggest downer was that most of my prospects and
customers that I had been calling would complain that I never had a caller
ID, so they could tell it was me calling. For better or worse, everyone I
know seems to screen their calls, and this was the largest inconvenience.

So for $15/month I added a second line with the Utopia fiber to my house,
and I can forward calls to my cell if ever out of the office. Lately I also
got a GrandCentral number that I plan to use as a master number, but haven't
yet, as I'm afraid one day Google is going to start charging an amount for
it, enough that I get uninterested in using it.

Bottom line is, I felt Skype wasn't good enough for even a small home office
to help me run my business. You may have a different experience.



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