What prevents a SIP <=> Skype Gateway?

Discussion in 'UK VOIP' started by Inman Harvey, Oct 18, 2006.

  1. Inman Harvey

    Inman Harvey Guest

    Skype presumably maintains its incompatibility with SIP through a
    commercial calculation that it is in Skype's interests to lock in customers.

    But what is to prevent someone setting up a SIP <=> Skype Gateway that
    had eg 'sipgateway' as a skype address that could be suffixed by any
    sip-address, and vice versa?

    (A) Technical problems? Translation between protocols, timelags?
    Bandwidth bottleneck when usage exploded?

    (B) Financing problems? Charge a small monthly fixed fee to register for
    the gateway? Or a very small usage charge? Both Skype and SIP parts
    would be cost-free to the gateway.

    (C) Legal problems? Might Skype shut off the Skype connection if they
    thought their interests were threatened?

    Has nobody thought of/tried this before? If one of you sets this up and
    makes a fortune, can you cut me in for 1% for providing the idea? :^)

    Inman Harvey
    Inman Harvey, Oct 18, 2006
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    Inman Harvey Guest

    Inman Harvey wrote:
    .... I was just starting to work out what 1% of $1 billion was when I
    thought I would Google "sip skype gateway"
    .... but this runs just one connection.

    I am still interested in answers to the questions :^(

    Inman Harvey
    Inman Harvey, Oct 18, 2006
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    PhilT Guest

    the cost / complexity of having to reverse engineer the Skype protocols
    perhaps, and possible licensing / patent legal problems ? SIP is open
    standard publicly defined, Skype is proprietary ie someone owns it.

    Easier to wean people off Skype by pointing out that its a proprietary
    monopoly - Microsoft reincarnated.

    PhilT, Oct 18, 2006
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    hairydog Guest

    I set one up when I was playing with a voip setup here. Basically, it
    was a sip interface that ran a copy of skype on a pc, so although it
    worked fine, it was a one call at a time solution, and the transcoding
    took processor time as well as reducing quality.

    I really can't see much point in it, but then again I don't use skype.
    hairydog, Oct 20, 2006
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    Brian A Guest

    The only advantages of Skype are that it does video and that it takes
    no setting up. However, I think that the SIP 'Gizmo Project' doesn't
    take any setting up afaik - It must be easy as it seems that quite a
    lot of people are using it.
    Remove 'no_spam_' from email address.
    Skype Free Zone!!
    Brian A, Oct 21, 2006
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    alexd Guest

    SIP does video too.
    alexd, Oct 21, 2006
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    PeterW Guest

    .... and the XTEN free SIP phone supports Video (and Video conferencing). It
    is now based on the eye-beam phone.

    PeterW, Oct 23, 2006
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