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I waiting for Canada SkypeOut. When it will be set up.
Does Skype ever reply to a help request?
So, when do we get extras for the Linux version of Skype then ?
I have been trying to find out why Canadians are not offered Canadian skypeIn numbers!There is an estimated population of 33,441,277 in Canada.There are 28,000,000 internet users in Canada 84.3% of our population.Canadians are heavy internet users.I really think Skype could benifit for offering Canadians Skype in Calls! I enjoy what Skype has to offer but i think us Canadians have been left out on a great option!
I want to use Skype for phoning but see Canada doesn’t have local numbers yet. As there seems to be a fair bit of “Canadian” content, it would seem we must be on the map and I’m wondering when Canadian phone numbers will be available.
Yes, Yes, Yes. Please get Canadian numbers!!
I was also wondering when we can expect some Canadian phone numbers. Please!!!
just signed up today,can call canada & usa. but can’t get a canada number? what the hell is that!
why are they not answering us back on the Canadian number???? I just dumped money into skype credit for nothing!!!! My girlfriend wanted a way to be able to call me during the day because my cell is not free until the evening and she can’t reach me unless she calls a US number. THis will be more expensive than using my cell…WTF!! Guess Canada is not big enough??? lol !!
Wow!! I was just about to sign up….and then I read the comments! I’m with the other Canadians out there. If we are going to pay for a service…we want our own CANADIAN phone number. Otherwise, this is just what I would enjoy.
Once this happens, I will be pleased to join Skype.
First, it is my understanding that phone numbers in Canada are under the control of the CRTC (quasi-government body) and they have not made numbers available for on-line use. There is nothing that Skype can do about this. It is Canadian law.
Second, having said that, it would be nice if Skype would comment on the progress they are making with their CRTC lobbying efforts. I have tried to find some comment from Skype on this issue on their web site but to no avail.
Does Skype monitor these comments and comment officially where appropriate?
Perhaps Skype can organize a petition that we Canadians can join to let CRTC know we are interested in this issue. Honestly, I wonder what the CRTC accomplishes other than carefully guarding the interests of big monopolies and oligopolies in Canada.
I have enquired with CRTC and have received this response on this issue:
Dear Mr. Taylor:
Thank you for taking the time to contact the CRTC.
The CRTC is not directly involved in regulating the services provided by internet based services. Wireless, long distance and internet services are competitive services and are subject to very limited CRTC regulation. The Commission does not regulate their rates, quality or provision of service, or their business practices.
In order for international companies such as Skype to provide Canadian numbers, they would have to become a Canadian reseller. To do that, they would have to enter into a business relationship with a Canadian carrier. They would then obtain the Canadian numbers from that carrier as well as other services required by Skype to provide a PSTN-interconnected service. This applies to all foreign companies wanting to provide Canadian numbers.
To the extent that Skype interconnects with the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) in Canada – that is to say, it connects with other telephone numbers whose users have not downloaded the Skype software – Skype has certain obligations. Skype would be required to register with the CRTC; enter into a business relationship with a Canadian carrier to obtain interconnection to the PSTN; and, as a matter of pubic safety, Skype would need to ensure that calls made to 911 are completed through 911 call centres, also known as the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). As in the case of numerous other competitive service providers in Canada, it is a business decision of Skype, if it chooses to meet these obligations and offer such a service in Canada.
For more information about the services offered by Skype, or its availability with your service provider, you should contact Skype and your service provider. If you make Skype aware of your desire for its services it may keep this in mind when it is assessing its business decisions as to the types of services it will make available in Canada.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do not reply to this message using the email address indicated above as we cannot receive e-mail at this address. To reply or to add to your submission, please click here and follow the prompts: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/rapidsccm/landing.asp?lang=E&caseid=487492&key=40642.3488767747
I have also sent them back this reply:
Why do we have these ridiculous requirements in Canada where as in the rest of the countries (Including the US) Skype is able to make the disclaimer that it is not for emergency calls and does not replace a regular phone system. We as Canadians are not interested in these restrictions imposed by CRTC (For the sole purpose of making it harder for interested competitive systems to be allowed into Canada) and want them lifted so that we can enjoy this service!
Until such time as this is resolved I will be directing / Encouraging other people to also post this complaint with you (Unless you can direct me to whomever is directly responsible for these regulations that other countries do not seem to have problems with).
I would encourage everyone to start sending requests to CRTC to get these ridiculous requirements lifted.
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