Skype Connect and Skype for Asterisk: What are their Roles?
Taking Skype-to-the-Max: The FREETALK Connect incorporates Skype for Asterisk and simultaneously
supports Skype Connect profiles and its associated services. One complements the other to optimize
FREETALK Connect’s use of Skype services and reduce ongoing communication costs.
To summarize where is each employed:
• Both support SkypeOut calling at Skype’s favorable international calling rates.
• Both support routing of inbound calls based on the originating Skype Online number.
Skype for Asterisk
• Skype for Asterisk supports Skype-to-Skype calling from IP phones.
• Skype for Asterisk feeds Skype Contacts’ presence information to IP phones 1 that support Skype
calling from the IP phone’s display.
• Skype Connect supports multiple Business SkypeID’s within a Skype Connect profile and, as a
result, supports routing of inbound calls based on SkypeID’s.
• Skype Connect supports identification of the Skype Online number used to make an inbound call
and, as a result, supports routing of inbound calls based on Skype Online number.
• Skype Connect allows a business to use either Skype Online numbers or the business’s legacy
PSTN number 2 for the callerID for Outbound calls.
• Skype Connect provides more granular tracking of inbound/outbound calling activity
• SkypeOut calls via Skype Connect voice channels are 0.8 cents/minute for calls terminated in the
U.S. until Dec. 31, 2010
A more detailed comparison of Skype for Asterisk and Skype Connect follows.
1 Skype Contact lists can be displayed on the screens of Aastra, snom and Polycom IP phones.
2 Use of a legacy PSTN number for CallerID associated with Skype Connect requires business verification by Skype..
Skype Connect Skype for Asterisk
Primary Element Skype Connect Profile Asterisk Channel
Where? Skype Infrastructure Cloud Embedded Skype for
Voice Channels supported 3 Up to 300 One per license
Skype-to-Skype Inbound Yes, to PBX Inbound Route Yes, to PBX Inbound Route
Enterprise (Multi-user) Multiple One 5
Skype for Business
Access Enterprise Skype No Yes
Accounts from Skype client
User Skype for Business Yes Yes
Max Skype Online Numbers Unlimited, independent of 10, associated with SkypeID
Recognize Skype Online Yes, individually 7 No
Recognize Inbound CallerID Yes Yes
Click-to-Call Yes, using any Enterprise Yes, single SkypeID
SkypeOut Outbound Routes Yes Yes
Skype-to-Skype Outbound No Yes, from supported IP
Skype Contacts on IP Phone No Yes, Aastra, snom, Polycom
CallerID for Outbound Calls Yes, Skype Online Number Skype Online Number or
or verified PSTN Business Business Mobile Number
Fixed cost None $66 per license 8
Monthly cost $7.95 per voice channel $7.00 per Skype Online
$7.00 per Skype Online number
SkypeOut Minutes Skype Tariffs10 Skype Tariffs
3 Equivalent to number of lines on a traditional PSTN trunk
Enterprise-owned SkypeID’s to call into an enterprise
5 A FREETALK Connect can be associated with multiple Skype for Asterisk Business Skype Accounts but each Account must
be set up, via the FREETALK Connect Administrator Portal, as a separate Phone Service on FREETALK Connect. On the
other hand, one Skype Connect profile can support multiple Skype Accounts/SkypeID’s that are managed via Skype
Manager and only one Skype Connect-associated SIP Phone Service is set up on the FREETALK Connect.
Enterprise-owned SkypeID’s for User (Employee) Skype accounts
For instance, recognize if a Skype Online inbound call is coming in on, say, a U.S or U.K number.
8 Note that a call into the FREETALK Connect via a SkypeID that is routed to a Skype client is considered to use two voice
channels, requiring two Skype for Asterisk licenses or two Skype Connect voice channels.
9 Prices are subject to change at Skype’s discretion.
0.8 Cents/minute for calls terminated in U.S; SkypeOut promotion for Skype Connect only until Dec. 31, 2010
Skype Connect Skype for Asterisk
Business Reasons • Direct inbound calls • Direct outbound calls
from identified source over Skype to Skype
to specific user, team or Contacts at no charge
Auto Attendant • Call Skype Contacts
• Identify and direct directly from IP phones
Skype Online inbound • Take advantage of
calls by, say, country or SkypeOut tariffs to over
“local” number 180 countries; no
• Use Skype Online country-specific
number or business’s contracts required
PSTN number as
CallerID for a profile
• Take advantage of
SkypeOut tariffs to over
180 countries; no
Purchase from Skype Manager (Skype Skype Store (SfA licenses)
Credits, Online Numbers, Freetalk.me Store (SfA
Voice Channels) licenses)
Skype Manager (Skype