The new beta of Skype 3.0 is available for download, boasting Firefox and IE browser extensions for click-to-call SkypeOut functionality. If you’re happy to miss every third word of a conversation that sounds like the caller is underwater, I encourage you to download this immediately.
Skype is certainly very popular, and as a solution for cheap or free non-essential calls it is a viable option. However, having tried SkypeIn and SkypeOut for business purposes when our phone line was out of action, we experienced massive problems with call quality and reliability.
Bog-standard landlines – they’re low-glamour, but you can’t live without them.