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Old 01-11-2009, 08:52 PM   #1
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Got a new laptop for traveling in the van. I downloaded Skype today - very simple. Then I connected to the net with a home wireless system and called my daughter and grandkids in CA for free. They also have Skype. I have a webcam so they could see us. They are going to get one so we can see then while talking. It is free if both parties have Skype. If not for $2.95/month, I can call anyone that has a phone number in the US or Canada.
I think it is $9.95 a month for anyplace in the world, if they don't have Skype. If they have it , it is free. I plan on using it on a trip to Alaska, etc, if I find wifi and don't have cellphone service.
It is http://www.Skype.com
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Old 01-21-2009, 02:15 PM   #2
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I use skype too but for instant messaging. I've found that the quality isn't that great for calls (although what can you expect for free!). Gmail chat was good for video calls but unfortunately they have discontinued it
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Old 01-24-2009, 01:54 AM   #3
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I've used it too, and have it installed on my home computer. My brother is a pilot and frequently calls from overseas using Skype when he's bored and sitting around waiting for a flight. It's pretty amazing that I can sit at my desk in Minnesota and talk to my brother in Tokyo, all without a phone!

I've never thought of installing it on our travel laptop. I wonder how much bandwidth it takes up and if our broadband card could handle a conversation?
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:57 AM   #4
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I've used it too, and have it installed on my home computer. My brother is a pilot and frequently calls from overseas using Skype when he's bored and sitting around waiting for a flight. It's pretty amazing that I can sit at my desk in Minnesota and talk to my brother in Tokyo, all without a phone!

I've never thought of installing it on our travel laptop. I wonder how much bandwidth it takes up and if our broadband card could handle a conversation?
I'm no expert but I would expect that using it for IM (instant messaging) would be quite light on bandwidth but calls would use more data. As long as you could pick up a good broadband signal it should cope okay.
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Old 02-06-2009, 03:51 PM   #5
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Skype version 4.0 is out now - some big improvements
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:34 PM   #6
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I've been using Skype for a couple of weeks now and am satisfied with it. I have the $2.95 per month subscription for unlimited calls to United States and Canada landlines and cell phones.

The sound quality is good and the service has been really good lately. A few calls were dropped when I first tried it. This should be great to use on the road provided I find high bandwidth wifi.

I added a free phone number using Ring2Skype http://www.ring2skype.com/free-skype It's not my area code but most people who call me have long distance plans that basically give them free long distance.

I just ordered a $25 SkypeKey usb adapter off eBay so that I can use regular household phones with Skype just to make it more convenient. I'll report back on how it works when I get it.



Basically, Skype + Ring2Skype + Skype = MagicJack

Hmmm, maybe I just should have bought MagicJack Too bad MagicJack doesn't have Canadian phone numbers available.
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Old 11-17-2009, 06:30 AM   #7
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I have something similer with T mobil. For $10 a month I have unlimited calling and long distance. I haven't had a single problem once it finally got set up with the exception that I can't use my fax anymore. It is the VOIP so it must be connected with high speed internet access. Now if I could find a low cost internet access I'll be set. I hear my rate is going up another $5 this month.
By the way anyone know a good way I could send and recieve faxes?
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Old 11-18-2009, 12:19 AM   #8
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Re: faxing - I can't help you re: receiving faxes but for sending faxes for free you can try:

http://faxzero.com/
http://www.gotfreefax.com/
http://www.myfax.com/

I tried a pay service - PamFax - through Skype and was disappointed both by its inability to complete the job and incredibly slow response from their support. They charge for failed faxes
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Just an update re: PamFax through Skype - they listened to my complaint and refunded me all of the charges. So I'll give them a "thumbs-up" for that
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Old 11-27-2009, 04:23 AM   #10
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Thanks Marko, I checked those fax sites and one had a lead to something that looks fairly decent. I don't fax much in or out so I don't like the plans out there. This one has about a $3.50 fee per month and that is the lowest I have seen. If I did a few faxes per month I would jump on it but in reality I may go a couple months without any. Wee will see what I do.
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