P2P Telephony in the Wired World
By Justin Ried, Thu Sep 11 11:15:00 GMT 2003

Skype is a peer-to-peer VoIP application that has loads of potential. It's built just for voice, and claims to deliver better audio quality than POTS, which is more than can be said of any other consumer-grade VoIP implementation. Of course, building a critical mass of installed clients is the tricky part. (Thanks to Suzana over at Smart Mobs.)

It's built by the same folks who made KaZaA, so they've got street cred. Their website claims they've had more than 100,000 downloads in less than two weeks, which is impressive. Now imagine rolling this into a more robust community app, and running it on your WCDMA handset.

That''ll make 3G fly a hell of a lot faster than sports clips and stock quotes.

(When the bandwidth becomes reasonably priced, and operators stop confining their customers to walled gardens, of course.)