Skype — for headsets only?
Russell Shaw argues that headsets are the primary turf of Skype, and while devices are cool, they won’t give us a big uplift.
> Skype grew up in the headset world. Skype grew big in the headset world. And maybe I am on a curmudgeon streak, but I wonder how many prospective custoers- even current Skype users- would pull out of their two-year cell contracts to mobil-ize their Skype.
]]> I have no idea about the uplift. There may be some projections, but I haven’t seen those. But sometimes, it’s also worth to improve the experience of old-timers. I know several people at Skype who have been calling with Skype and headsets for longer than you can shake a stick at. But now they have these cool cordless/wifi/whatever Skype phones and they happily switch to using these, because they can walk around in the room when calling and it’s much better experience. (Provided that you don’t need to use some program while calling — if you do, headset is still the way to go.)
I myself have a choice at home with my lengthy calls. I don’t have any of the new devices yet, I can either use Skype and headset and be glued to my computer, or I can use my mobile and incur one hell of a charge for myself and the other party (if he or she is roaming in a foreign country, for example). So I don’t really see how the “people have cell phones so they won’t want a device for Skype” applies.
It’s about expanding choice. More choice for devices is a good thing because different people have different preferences and requirements.