I’ve previously documented the method used to prevent IOS devices from formatting numbers.
Users on other platforms, notably Windows, have Skype installed and it too can cause some headaches with your UI as it inserts elements to decorate phone numbers.
For users that have the Skype Toolbar enabled, the following META tag will prevent it from doing a lot of damage!
<meta name="SKYPE_TOOLBAR" content="SKYPE_TOOLBAR_PARSER_COMPATIBLE" />
I’ve used a variety of computer based VOIP over the years. My current preference in this space is Skype as it’s free for computer-to-computer calls and even allows calls to and from regular phones (at a fee).
Video and text chat are also provided, as is ‘white-boarding’ with additional plugins.
Skype is available for most platforms, even mobile phones… I’ve found that while the Windows beta versions has some additional features, the Linux release is rock-solid.
There are also several hardware based solutions, like Vonage, available to replace your traditional phone service… perhaps we’ll cover that later.