By Johanne Torres
TMCnet Contributing Editor
VoIP conference call provider Vapps announced on Thursday that it agreed to offer free unlimited conference calling for up to 500 participants to Skype's 100 million registered users through Highspeedconferencing.com.
"Skype (News - Alert) is made up of people looking to communicate with co-workers, family and friends," said Michael Jackson, director, paid products, Skype in a statement. "With Vapps' technology, conference calling can now be used, not only as a business tool, but also as a method to connect as many as 500 contacts on one call from any country. We are very excited that Vapps is offering this to Skype callers at no cost for the service or the calls."
Conference call participants using Highspeedconferencing.com may be subject to long-distance or national rate charges when using a landline phone. Skypers incur no fees for using this conference call service.
Today's news follows Skype and Dell's deal announced yesterday to integrate their technologies for faster VoIP calls. The companies agreed to ship Skype software with new Dell (News - Alert) XPS mobile systems, which include the XPS M1210 and XPS M2010.
The new deal calls for Dell to provide its customers with access to Skype's voice and video Internet calling software. According to the deal, Dell will pre-load Skype on the XPS 2010, a mobile entertainment system, which features a 20.1-inch high-definition display with integrated Web cam. The XPS 1210 can also be configured with Skype as part of an optional audio-video communications package also comprised of an integrated rotating Web cam, noise-isolation earbuds and mobile broadband capability.
Johanne Torres is contributing editor for TMCnet and Internet Telephony magazine. To see more articles by Johanne Torres, please visit Johanne Torres' columnist page.