Why does Skype drop phone calls?

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Just what is it with Skype? It’s a great application. It’s free (most of the time) and I don’t generally complain about free programs but you pay for SkypeOut calls. It’s just that it drops calls on such an annoyingly frequent basis. 🙁

On Friday I was on a conference call from the UK to the US so of course rather thann pay BT’s exhorbitant rates I chose to use SkypeOut for pennies per minute. The call was an hour long and during it Skype dropped the call no fewer than five times. Of course I could always dial again and rejoin the conference call, but it’s so annoying!

Is it just me, or is this normal for lengthy Skype calls? Is it just Skype or is a general problem with all IP calls accross the Internet?

Well having in the past sold Voice over IP hardware I know that it’s possible to make IP calls that don’t drop on such a regular basis. Is it my Broadband Internet connection that’s not up to the job or do others have the same problem? If you’re a frequent Skype user please let me know.

One Response

  1. I am a regular skype user, family and friends abroad, and never suffer from this problem even with calls that last an hour or so.

    I imagine your internet connection (or Wi-Fi if you use it) may be the cause – you could try monitoring traffic while on the calls and seeing what happens.



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