Is it possible to communicate with skype?

Brent Harding bharding at
Wed Jan 4 12:44:03 UTC 2006

If I redownload an old version of skype from somewhere, maybe, will it still work? I'm thinking of going net-based instead 
of cable for long distance calls and going with a cheap line for local so 
that I can still save money by downgrading my TV package. What is accessible 
and cheap like skype for PC to phone? Only thing I know of is going to 
involve buying some device to hook my phone into and put inside a machine 
running linux and asterisk. I have my old machine still here that I intend 
to use linux and speakup on, but heard that software is a bear to configure. 
It seems that yahoo and aim need the graphic thing filled out to get phone 
on there, and I don't think msn does phone at all, windows messenger in XP.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "mlang" <mlang at>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2006 6:02 AM
Subject: Re: Is it possible to communicate with skype?

> coscell at writes:
>> hi:
>> Nowadays skype is still not accessible for us. But is there any way to
>> communicate with our friends whom used skype by using our console
>> programs?
> No, Skype, using a proprietary protocol, does not
> allow for any other apps than Skype itself to use their network...
> Its part of their bussiness model.
> Forget about skype, use SIP or H323 of even CallManager or
> whatever. There are plenty of free VoIP protocols around.
> -- 
> CYa,
>  Mario
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