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Mani-Sky – how you can call Skype buddies from a regular phone.

Lounis Goudjil, founder and CEO of Manifone, dropped me a line in email this morning.  Their new service, Mani-Sky, just launched. Mani-Sky is a simple tool that lets you associate a telephone number with a Skype contact – something like Skype-In, except that because I obtain the number, it’s a local call for me.

As you know, I’m a big fan of local-dial calling services.  Anything which cuts the long distance carrier out of the loop, like our own Calliflower Premium conference calling, is fine by me.  Mani-Sky promises to do just that.

So Lounis had my attention.

Using Mani-Sky is simple.  Sign up for an account, pop in the names of your Skype buddies, they assign phone numbers.  When you call that number, Mani-Sky recognizes your caller-ID, and routes the call to your Skype buddy.  Easy-peasy!

Quality is good, and, as others have written, the service was dead simple to use.  Plus, the price at $10 for six months unlimited usage is hard to beat.

For Canadians, where Skype-In is not available, this may be a great solution.  If you’re looking for an easy way to make Skype calls from a mobile device this might also be the answer. And certainly, if you make frequent overseas calls to a small group of people, Mani-Sky could be the perfect solution for you.

For me, I’ll likely continue to use other services.  The reason?  Mani-Sky’s local-dial number for Ottawa was in… Montreal.

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  • Mani-Sky July 29, 2010, 6:25 am

    Check out the updated, smartphone-enabled Mani-Sky web app: lets you call Skype friends without 3G or Wifi. It uses your minutes (voice channel) and provides crystal-clear sound quality!

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