Free and Open Source alternatives to Skype VoIP
There is no doubt that Skype is today the most popular VoIP software around. Thanks to the ease of installation and setup, the diversity of offers, the availability in several platforms and marketing, Skype was able to become the most used software for VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), video conferencing, instant messaging and computer-to-phone calling (softphone). The success of Skype caught the attention of big corporations and was (not so) recently acquired by Microsoft for 8,5 billion dollars (!).
If you feel like you deserve something Free and Open Source to do the task, keep reading, this article will help you to replace Skype. In fact, there are many high-quality and low-cost alternatives out there that provide, not only equal, but better and cheaper services while respecting your privacy and freedom. Keep in mind that they are NOT Skype and they need you to get familiar with them before you can experience all the joys of FOSS telephony. Just grab a cup of your favourite beverage and get ready for testing some of these alternatives.
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A – Download Jitsi
B – Register at Diamondcard.us if you want to call telephones
D – Open Jitsi, go to File>Add new account>XMPP>Create new account and/or add the SIP account from Diamondcard
E – Type an XMPP/Jabber address of someone you know or type country-code-phone-number to call regular phones (and select the appropriate address you want to call from.
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