I had a call from my brother today which was a welcome surprise. The main purpose of his call was to try out his new Skype Phone (one of these I believe). The sound quality was very good They have obviously solved a lot of the latency and echo problems we came across when we looked at IP telephony back when I was in telecoms. The deal seems pretty good for calling out to the normal phone network - less than a 1p a minute, even abroad. It will also do free 'net to 'net chat. It prompted me to introduce him to Google Talk which I have slightly better odds of being able to use - assuming the specs get released. At least the does seem to be some interoperability discussion going on.