The Two Bobs Try Skype

Skype has become a household word in the computer world. This communication app was designed originally in Europe, but has since been taken over by Microsoft. This voice-over-internet program (VOIP) provides high-quality audio and video communication in a simple and easy to use form. In fact, it can be downloaded and operational in a matter of minutes. All that is required is a modern PC and broadband internet connection, as well as a headset, or internal microphone and speaker in the case of a laptop or smartphone.

The best part is that Skype is reliable and absolutely free of charge between registered users. As an option, one can also buy credit to call ordinary telephones at low rates.

Skype, and a similar software for licensed radio hams called Echolink, are often cited as the cause for a decline in amateur radio. There is no doubt, however, that VOIP technology has brought ordinary people closer together and…without the need for special knowledge or a license.

Today, Skype has competition from similar apps. But when it was very new, Bob Thomann and Bob Zanotti decided to put Skype through its paces.