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December 26, 2006


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I think the most disruptive part of skype most people do not see. They have basically opened up the ip channel to application developers with the app2app api. I know yahoo, microsoft, and google talk have similar apis, but with skypes, you can develop your own custom messaging with the raw sockets.

I have an app at fusepad.com that will be released in the next month that takes advantage of such apis and uses a hybrid p2p model that relies on the skype channel only for light weight message cross talk, and another non skype channel for the workhorse sending and receiving of binary streams.


do you think t-mobile doesn't know what is going on? the assumption that operators are big, dumb frogs just waiting for the warm water to boil has never ceased to amaze me. the "disrupter" label is being thrown around way to much in these web 2.0 or whatever version we are on days. SIP calling could be ended overnight by a simple tweak to the SIM. why do you think skype announced sans details, that skype mobile was going to be delayed? mylo works i suspect because the USIM is authenticating access to the network. if that is happening then the operator is allowing it to happen or just doesn't care and wants to see what happens. probably the latter. all these "free mobile" companies are about as disruptive as long distance callback cards were back in the early 90s. its a big race to the bottom. the more interesting disruption will come when folks like BT rollout dual wifi & 2G/3G (femtocell) hubs as part of standard BT Broadband here in the UK. imagine using your subsidized (FREE) sony ericsson handset form vodafone on the street and then walking into your home and office and roaming onto your BT broadband connection and making a call from your standard mobile phone over their IP backbone. - now that's disruptive. you will see others doing the same thing - check out O2 & BE, etc, etc.


If T-Mobile finds Skype so disruptive I wonder why they are one of the first advertisers on The Venice project .


I would not be surprised if the "Apple Phone" is another version of this (with iTunes, of course).

It's the only way Apple can maintain the $0.99 a tune.

The thing that is amazing is that Sony pulled off the T-Mobile deal. That's what makes this so interesting.

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