The New York times tells this story about one man's experience in "Skype Me" mode.
After the journalist bought him self a headset and put himself in "Skype me" mode, within in 15 minutes he had more calls than he could handle coming from Morocco, Russia, China, Poland, Argentina, Israel and several other countries.
One of the calls came from Billy Einkamerer, a freelance web developer from Johannesburg. The NY Times journalist shares his experience:
It felt like the early days of AOL, another environment in which people contacted others randomly. But voice brings to life the other person in a way that typing cannot, like hearing Mr. Einkamerer laugh at my jokes. The instant-messaging environment is anonymous; with voice, you cannot hide from the other person
How true, although I am a very heavy IM & email user, nothing compares to a real conversation.