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The new Skype killer - at least in the UK

Our own security guru, Steve Gold uses it and this morning, I got an email from VoIPCheap (opens in new tab) about their quest to extend their Voice over IP services to more countries. For those still craving after Skype, VoIPCheap is the real deal for now.

I have been using their analog phone call system, call18866.com (opens in new tab), for nearly a year, as recommended by Martin Lewis’ Money Saving Expert site, and has been one of the means I’ve used to put my telephone bill on a strict diet.

VoIPcheap is free and you also get a VoIP IN number which means that people can call you from any phone on the planet – Skype makes you pay for it’s equivalent service. Additionally, you can call 27 countries on any regular phone including Australia and Japan. At £9.99 per month, even Vonage (opens in new tab) does not offer you that.

You only have to download the software and install it on your computer. It is still in beta and I'd advise you to use it for non-business purposes for now. That said, I've never encountered a problem with call18866, if this is a statement of their quality of service.

Skype might have conquered tens of millions but, for now, VoIPCheap has the edge when it comes to value for money.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.