Today I discovered that Gizmo apparently is providing all of us with a service called OpenSky. The idea sounds attractive enough: provide SIP/Cisco Call Manager/etc. users with the ability to call other folks on Skype. Awesome! Sounds really useful.

But there is a catch. While you can, for instance, use just about anything to call Skype users with this service, only a set number of minutes are free. Now if you are a business, it might be a worthwhile proposition if you are not really able to blend Skype into your existing VoIP setup. However, for casual users, I am not sure I see the appeal.

As a user of multiple operating systems, I am able to easily install and use Skype natively with all of them. And this translates into me being able to call folks at no cost if they are already using Skype anyway. So I am concerned that the value of this service may very well be lost with most casual users. Hopefully I am wrong.

What do you think? Are you going to be using OpenSky? I think it is a cool idea, especially with the developers openly providing the needed config to get it working with Asterisk. But at the same time, it does feel rather pricey in the long term. Not sure people are going to be all that keen on paying to call a Skype account any time soon. Guess only time will tell.