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fotobits
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Alternative to Skype

I have used Skype for a long time for online chats with friends.  However, the most recent version is a bore!

 

Is there a simple to use alternative?

 

Regards

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Re: Alternative to Skype

If it's for text-based chat (like MSN used to be before M$ smushed it together with Trype), I can recommend Trillian, they have their own messenger service, and can log into various other chat protocols, so a useful tool... Smiley

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Re: Alternative to Skype

A lot of people are turning to discord Thumbs Up  https://discordapp.com/

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Re: Alternative to Skype

My friends changed from WhatsApp to Telegram. Not sure why. Though this is on iPhones.

See they support other OS'es too, so may be worth checking it out. Works OK for me.

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Re: Alternative to Skype


rongtw wrote:

A lot of people are turning to discord ...

I thought the Iron Lady was going to replace it with harmony https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A23PQCndPYU (@about 0:55)


 

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Re: Alternative to Skype


Alex wrote:

My friends changed from WhatsApp to Telegram. Not sure why. 

 

Many have switched over concerns of it being owned by a data slurping cesspool of an organisation? 

 

Though ironically although Telegram is a non profit and clients are open source it's funded by a Russian and it's backend and encryption is all proprietary.

 

For those that care about privacy and security Signal is the go-to messaging service.

https://signal.org

 

Founded by an anarchist hippy, its all open source (and the code has been audited/peer reviewed) and the project is funded by donations and grants

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Re: Alternative to Skype

Didn't know that @DaveyH

Though to be honest, if you wanted to spy on my conversations you'd be wasting your time. An episode of Eastenders would be more entertaining than that (if you can believe it). 

fotobits
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Re: Alternative to Skype

Thank you so much everyone for your comments and guidance.  Most helpful.

 

Regards.....Noel

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Re: Alternative to Skype

For chatting with a closed group of friends; Amazon Chime. or Google Hangouts

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Re: Alternative to Skype

All of my younger family all over the world stay in touch with FaceTime, So if you can't beat'm join'm... Must admit it works quite well.

But you do need to be using an Apple product though.

Have looked to see if it can be used in Windows, it can, but it comes with dire warning for the life of your computer.

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