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Two months after Skype announced a beta of its SIP gateway, the company's general manager has called on PBX manufacturers to get compatible, despite half a decade of refusing to play nicely with anyone. Skype resolutely refused to consider adopting the industry-standard Session Initiation Protocol, claiming that it could do …

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Pirate

So...

they agree to backdoors for the NSA then start asking everyone else for access to their traffic?

Yeah, that sounds like a great idea.

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Unhappy

Skype in the office?

"now [Skype] desperately needs to get PBX vendors on board if it's going to find a home in the office."

Not half as much as it needs to sort out the horrible transatlantic boomerang delays in its UK->UK Skype->landline calls, or the echo that often plagues UK->Hong Kong Skype->Skype calls, for instance.

We use Skype as a tool to reduce (or eliminate) overseas calling costs, and tolerate its foibles for the cost-benefits, but it's currently unusable, or at least fundamentally unreliable, if we want to use Skype to call UK landlines.

Keeping the Linux client up-to-date and bug-fixed would help a lot too, and give us the opportunity to integrate it into products that could make them a bundle of money. Hey ho.

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Stop

Proprietary keeps me away from it..

Skype's lack of support for SIP means i won't even consider it...

If i use SIP, then i have the choice of many providers, some of which are cheaper than skype and don't suffer from the delays someone else posted about, and i can switch providers at the drop of a hat...

I can also setup an asterisk box that talks to the sip providers, and automatically routes to the cheapest provider... And i have a choice of literally hundreds of different sip handsets.

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Ummm

If you are going to put in a SIP gateway at your office, why do you need the Skype part? Why not just go full SIP with asterisk?

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