Thursday, March 02, 2006

This So-Called "Technology" Thing

Once apon a time, in a land not so far away, there was a very little company with a very big idea. Their idea was to drastically cut the cost of telephone service by offering a "Voice Over IP", which would use the dirt cheap internet lines to carry your phone calls. A very big idea indeed.

“Skype is about simplicity, convenience and choice, and we want to ensure this experience extends into buying from our site,” said Michael Jackson, head of paid services at Skype.

Of course, not so simple and convienent as to do away with corrupt and decietful third-party payment options (PayPal, MoneyBookers) in order to create confidence among their paying customers. Couldn't just offer direct credit card billing, could they? hmmm... simplicity, convenience and choice...

Speaking of Choice: What's your other option?: Bank Transfers

(Direct from's FAQ)

Bank Transfers are usually made by:

  • Visiting a Bank branch in person and filling in a payment form
  • Mailing payment form to Bank
  • Phone Banking

  • Wow. In the age where online Christmas shopping is overtaking Black Friday, your alternative to pounding the pavement is snail-mail? And if I'm not mistaken, wasn't I doing this whole Skype-y thing to not to have to use my phone?

    After all that, we'll probably end up using their service anyway.
    We'll let you know how it goes.


    At 10:41 AM, Blogger Kendra said...

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    At 10:46 AM, Blogger Kendra said...

    Yes, it will work out! We have our headset, and are just waiting for our credit card to be verified for prepayment. According to the adds, if it works the way it is supposed to, we can call your landlines in the US for $0.023 per minute. That is 23 cents cheaper per minute than it costs to call home now. It also means if I have a call at an unreasonable hour, I can call it from the hotel using Skype. Right now, I can't do that because it is too expensive to call in from the hotel or with our prepaid cell phones.


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