Well, I just had a Skype call to Nigel in England....tooooo funny. Nigel's brother, Kevin (also a Brit) is one of my neighbors. But Kevin is Skype-less because he doesn't have DSL...so Nigel is working on him to change that...
Skype is really cool. A must try for all Techno-Wizards. %-)
So...What is Skype: It's an Internet based free telephone company called Skype –--We use it for work related long distance contacts i.e. calling work related business in Canada. Or to talk to people all over the world for free. It is free as long as you are talking to someone else on the Internet. The only time there is a cost is when you want to call someone on their land or cell phone number. Even then – the cost of their minutes is about half of other long distance companies.
You’ll need a head set and microphone that plugs into your PC. I’ve got one that goes into my USB port. ----A Playtronics USB Stereo PC Headset...cost about $50.00.
Check it out – you need a high speed Internet connection to download it. It is very easy to start. Once loaded – search for users by their name….so enter or search to locate any Skype number. Any one currently on this Internet system is able to talk to each other for free via the Internet. The sound quality is much better than a standard telephone.
The web site to download it for free at Skype.
One user is able to use his pocket PC PDA (Dell Axiom) that runs Windows CE – you can also download Skype into that type of PDA – it allows him to use his PDA as a mobile phone (to other Skype numbers) even though it isn’t a cell phone! Try it to see who you can find and who you might want to call via Skype.
Karen on 02.19.05 @ 06:14 PM CST