Technology A-Z
The Internet
Tech Hardware
Tech Software
Video Games
Protecting Your Children
Getting Help
The Online Mom Network

Learn about The Online Mom Network
Join The Online Mom Network
How Do I Become An Online Mom?

The Online Mom provides internet technology advice and information to help parents protect their kids, encourage responsible behavior and safely harness the power of technology in the new digital world. Social networking, photo sharing, video games, IM & texting, internet security, cyberbullying, educational resources, the latest on tech hardware, gadgets and software for kids 3-8, tweens and teens, and more.

Tech Report – Waiting for Voice-over-Internet

By Michael Connolly

Yesterday's news that eBay was selling a majority stake in Skype, its Internet-based phone service, to a private equity group hopefully marks the beginning of new era for a technology that has promised much but delivered surprisingly little in its short and turbulent history.

eBay originally purchased Skype for $4.1 billion back in 2005, a price that had more to do with keeping the start-up out of the hands of Google than any justification on the business front. The theory put forward by Meg Whitman, eBay's then CEO, was that buyers and sellers would use the service to make eBay's core auction house business more efficient. This unlikely scenario never played out in real life and yesterday both eBay and the financial markets were happy to see the company cut its losses.

The fact that Skype will now operate as a stand-alone private business is expected to give the whole VoIP (voice-over-Internet-protocol) industry a big boost in the years to come. Despite the many communication innovations over the last ten years, the inability of the Internet to replace the public switched telephone network (PSTN) in any meaningful way has been one of the more baffling developments.

Part of the reason has been the response of the established telephone and cable providers and their position as the driving forces behind broadband expansion and adoption. Their ability to package traditional phone lines along with high-speed Internet and TV access has often obscured the price advantage of VoIP and made switching less urgent. Companies like Vonage, with its excellent $24.99-a-month World plan, have been drowned out as giant service providers like Cablevision and Verizon do battle for control of our living rooms.

The other problems have been more typical of a fledgling technology: a poor user-experience as the technical bugs are ironed out, and a number of competing services, none of which show any sign of wanting to work together. There are legions of Skype users that have tried the service once, only to experience poor quality audio and video and numerous disconnections. And that's after making a regular landline call to make sure the other party is signed in!

All the elements for efficient and open VoIP are there already and, to no-one's surprise, Apple (iChat), Google (Google Talk) and Microsoft are leading the way in adapting existing IM and e-mail services to accommodate audio and video. The freeing-up of Skype to innovate and pursue customer aspirations instead of strategic corporate goals can only help accelerate the process.   

Thank you for submitting your comment. Your comment will appear on the site after it has been reviewed by site moderators!
Post a Comment:
Comments (max 500 characters):

Permalink | Print | Email

Share this article!
Partner with Online Mom Media
Online Mom Media specializes in building powerful communities of influencers! [read on]
Special Twitter Event
Join @theonlinemom this Thursday at 9pm ET as we introduce Thrively, a fun and interactive family web site! #Thrively
[read on]
Join the BUZZ!
Join @theonlinemom and friends this Friday at 12 noon PT as we look at Simplifying Mobile Tech. Great prizes! #VZWBuzz [read on]
The Online Mom Blog
Connecting Your Mobile Lifestyle
[read on]
Cómo encontrar en línea las mejores ofertas
Visite La Online Mom en Español! [read on]
Stacey Ross on The Online Mom
Catch up on the digital lifestyle with Stacey Ross!
[read on]
PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One: Parental Controls
Which of the new gaming consoles offers better parental supervision? [read on]
How To Make the Most of Those Daily Deals
Take a closer look at those daily deals to make sure you're getting a bargain!
[read on]
Watch Out! Your Wristband Is Tracking You…
New ways to monitor two of the most important elements that factor into our overall health: exercise and sleep [read on]
How To Beat Spam with Disposable E-Mail Addresses
There's an alternative to giving out your online information (or turning into a digital recluse): the disposable e-mail!
[read on]
Managing Your Online Reputation
There are some simple steps we can take to safeguard our online reputations [read on]
7 Apps for Finding Stuff Online
Loking to buy and sell online? Your smartphone can help!
[read on]
How to Manage Your Cell Phone Bill
Don't be overwhelmed by that cell phone bill. We offer 7 tips that can help [read on]
7 Social Networking Tips for Graduates
About to graduate? It's time to clean up those social networking accounts!
[read on]
The Best Apps for Staying in Shape
10 great apps for turning your smartphone or tablet into your workout buddy! [read on]
7 Steps to Smartphone Safety
Buying that first smartphone for your child? Make safety a top priority!
[read on]
10 Essential Apps for the Busy Mom
Turn your smartphone into your very own personal assistant! [read on]
Tweens and Facebook:
Do you think children under the age of 13 should be allowed on Facebook?

Not Sure

© 2011 the online mom, all rights reserved | site map ABOUT     MEET THE TEAM     CONTACT US     ADVERTISE     PRESS     PRIVACY     LEGAL
As you may have guessed, it is made of titanium and some stainless steel¡ªthe case is titanium and the rolex replica sale is stainless steel. The dial is brown, the watch hands are silver-toned, and there is a date window at the four o¡¯clock position. The sapphire case protects the breitling replica sale from water damage up to 30 meters. Synergy means cooperative action. This replica watches uk combines the best of the old and the new to deliver something uniquely modern. All of the classic elements are there. It has the sleek and stylish dial of the replica watches uk, the concave dot at the 12 o¡¯clock hour, and the Swiss quartz movement. But the Sapphire Synergy has something few breitling replica sale offer, a rubber wristband. Why rubber? Well, it¡¯s not a sport rolex replica sale, so using it outdoors is out of the question. But the informal band gives it a more casual look and feel, which can be quite appealing to the modern male.