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Skype

Skype is a ground-breaking voice-over-Internet-protocol application, allowing users to communicate over the internet and to place phone calls on traditional networks. It was sold to Microsoft in 2011 for US$8.5 billion.

Taiwan's LinkTel releases Skype-only smartphone

Skype has 300 million active users worldwide. Photo: AFP

A Taiwanese company has released a Skype-only smartphone which its makers hope will render landlines and traditional phone bills obsolete.

Monday, 17 February, 2014, 2:31pm

Microsoft makes Skype in China harder to monitor

Microsoft makes Skype in China harder to monitor

Microsoft has made it harder to monitor calls and chats over its Skype phone service on the mainland, said an advocacy group for freedom of expression, as the central government steps up censorship of the internet.

28 Nov 2013 - 4:21pm 1 comment

China Mobile goes over the top in international retail expansion

Users of mobile devices such as smartphones are increasingly using free software to communicate. Photo: AFP

An onslaught of companies offering voice calls and text messaging for free over the internet has forced telecommunications network operators to radically rethink their business models.

20 Nov 2013 - 9:01am 2 comments

Microsoft's Skype to run under new joint venture in China

Under mainland regulations, Skype services are provided through a partnership. Rival services include Tencent's QQ. Photo: AFP

Skype, the instant messaging and online voice-and-video-call service owned by Microsoft, will be relaunched in mainland China under a new joint venture, following the end of a long-standing alliance in the market with Tom Group, the Li Ka-shing-controlled media conglomerate.

12 Nov 2013 - 3:30am

Talking points

Park Geun-hye

Park Geun-hye is officially headed to the Blue House as the country's first female president. Park, the daughter of a former strongman, has already faced a test over Pyongyang's recent nuclear missiles testing. 

25 Feb 2013 - 6:00am

Microsoft says Skype will replace Messenger online chat service

Skype service will replace Messenger online chat service in the first quarter of next year.

Microsoft has announced that its recently acquired Skype service will replace its Messenger online chat service in the first quarter of next year - a move that is unlikely to surprise many tech-savvy Hongkongers.

8 Nov 2012 - 3:25am 1 comment

Enjoy real words in the real world

We are swamped by the vast amount of entertainment around us, but isn't it time we started thinking about reading again, instead of wandering around in the virtual world all the time?

8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

SMEs brace for end of internet-phone era

Hong Kong entrepreneurs said it would be expensive for them to go back to long-distance telephone calls to the mainland, as Beijing looked to tighten its control of internet telephony.

Wilson Shea Kai-chuen, president of the Hong Kong Small and Medium Enterprises Association, said his company used to pay more than HK$20,000 a month for calls to the mainland.

30 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Lean back and enjoy the video experience

Over the past two years, internet video has been a 'lean forward' experience - about watching short clips on community sharing sites such as YouTube. Increasingly, however, content creators are making longer format videos meant for viewing on a television, or a traditional 'lean back' experience.

18 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

digi-quest

A few years ago, I tried Skype and the experience was terrible. The voice quality was dreadful and the connection constantly failed. People now tell me Skype has changed. Is it really better? Will it save me money? Is it safe?

Joanna, Wan Chai

30 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

E-Kong looks to benefit as Skype adds fee

Skype, one of the world's largest voice-over-internet protocol service providers, has implemented a 39 HK cents connection fee per call for all outgoing international calls.

13 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

E-Kong looks to benefit as Skype adds fee

Skype, one of the world's largest voice-over-internet protocol service providers, has implemented a 39 HK cents connection fee per call for all outgoing international calls.

13 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Good call

People in Hong Kong love Skype, the innovative service that allows free voice over IP (VOIP) phone calls around the world. If you need proof, head to any computer mall and you'll find almost every shop is selling dozens of different models of Skype-capable handsets and phones. But what if you can't bear to part with your life-size fire-breathing Godzilla phone?

29 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Good call

People in Hong Kong love Skype, the innovative service that allows free voice over IP (VOIP) phone calls around the world. If you need proof, head to any computer mall and you'll find almost every shop is selling dozens of different models of Skype-capable handsets and phones. But what if you can't bear to part with your life-size fire-breathing Godzilla phone?

28 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Double duty

Combine the expertise from conferencing systems leader Polycom and internet communications specialist Skype and the result is the Polycom Communicator. The portable, Universal Serial Bus-based speakerphone delivers hands-free, two-way voice communication for Skype video and voice conversations without echoes or feedback.

9 May 2006 - 12:00am

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