bobquasit: (Default)
[personal profile] bobquasit
Skype is in a war of sorts with Google Voice. And today, I discovered that Skype had taken my system hostage as a prisoner in that war.

I used to be able to use my Google Voice account to call any phone in America for free from my Gmail home page; just type in a phone number or the name of a contact and I'd be connected, with a clarity that actually stunned some of the people I spoke to. Apparently Google Voice uses some sort of astonishing new sound-processing algorithm.

And then recently I installed Skype, since several friends had urged me to try it. Today I tried to use Google Voice to call my parents in Massachusetts. I typed "Dad" in the Google Voice box...and instead of his home and mobile numbers appearing, they appeared with Skype icons surrounding them along with a dollar sign. When I hovered over the numbers, I was told I would be making a "low cost call with Skype".

Now, just to be clear: the call should have been free, via Google. Instead Skype blocked my ability to make that free call, and tried to force me to pay them for it. As far as I'm concerned, that's stealing.

I tried to find a way to make the call WITHOUT using Skype. No matter what I did, Skype wouldn't allow me to do that. I shut down Skype; when I went back and tried to call with Google Voice, Skype immediately restarted itself and invited me to pay them if I wanted to make the call.

I began to seriously consider uninstalling Skype. I have a temper, but I don't think anybody would take it well when some company takes over something on your own system and basically holds it hostage. Boiling with rage, I began to research a solution.

It wasn't easy to find, but I found it. The problem was an add-on that had apparently come bundled with Skype. So I had to go to the Windows Control Panel, choose Add/Remove Programs, and then removed the program called "Skype Click to Call". Mind you, I wasn't told that the goddamned thing would be installed when I installed Skype, and I damned well wouldn't have installed it if I'd known that it was replacing my option to make free phone calls with the requirement to pay Skype for those same calls.

But Skype, here's a message for you: I will never spend a penny on any of your services, EVER. I'll use the free stuff because my friends are on it. But otherwise, you can go screw yourselves.

Date: 2012-04-06 01:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unquietsoul5.livejournal.com
Did you expect otherwise once they were bought by Micro$oft?

Date: 2012-04-06 02:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bobquasit.livejournal.com
I didn't know that they had been!

Yep

Date: 2012-04-06 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unquietsoul5.livejournal.com
Last year actually....

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/05/microsoft-buys-skype-2/

http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-05-12/tech/30079220_1_skype-live-communications-server-windows-phone

And here's a piece about the software it installed on your machine etc:

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/days-after-being-bought-by-microsoft-skype-starts-installing-crapware-on-windows-systems-without-consent/13015

Date: 2012-04-08 12:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tcpip.livejournal.com
Heh. That was pretty much what I was going to ask. :)

July 2017

S M T W T F S
      1
2345678
9101112131415
1617181920 2122
23242526272829
3031     

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Jul. 22nd, 2017 04:41 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios