Stately seagoing tubs rented to Black Berry, LG, Philips, Cisco Systems, Siemens, Toshiba, and other firms of varying size and ambition bob in one another's faint wakes. If you were to scan the group on this yacht (rented by the P. A./mobile-phone producer I-Mate, which, like Motorola, has signed a deal to pre-package its models with Skype) and then guess who is responsible for all the noise in Cannes, you would be forgiven for choosing the violinists.Over in the corner, a linguistic tiff continues."Danish is bastardized Swedish," says Zennström, who is from Sweden."Yes, well, Swedish is a derivative of Danish," says Friis, from Denmark.
But people who know about these things believe that nearly all phone calls will soon run over the Internet, even cellular calls, and that little, 140-employee Skype will force the world's telephone giants to accept the new religion or be soundly routed—and probably both.
Skype calls transmit as clearly as regular calls, and, you see, they are free.
Simply, Skype is a virtually bug-free computer program that allows you to make telephone calls over the Internet anywhere in the world.
Skype is not the only company of its type, nor was it the first.
Night is getting on when three Korean girls in negligée cocktail dresses slip through the crowd, carrying electric violins on their way to the aft stage.