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Freesail99 08-12-2007 09:17 PM

Skype
 
Anyone using Skype ? From what I read it looks to be a good deal, even works with dial up.

sevseasail 08-12-2007 09:29 PM

I use it quite often and I like it. Talk to my dad in argentina and friends all over the world. You can also have conference calls.

Good luck!!

Freesail99 08-12-2007 09:32 PM

Does it work well with wifi ? It may be good to use while cruising.

drynoc 08-12-2007 09:36 PM

Skype works well. My wife used it to call Europe all the time, but she gave it up when we got Vonage. They both have shortcomings, but you can call a good part of the world for free, or right next to it. Skype actually is free, but you have to pay $24.95 per month for Vonage. You can use your computer camera with Skype to see the people you are talking to.

Freesail99 08-12-2007 09:41 PM

I also use Vonage at home.

sevseasail 08-12-2007 09:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Freesail99 (Post 178988)
Does it work well with wifi ? It may be good to use while cruising.

I do not have experience with that. Only have used it at home.

camaraderie 08-12-2007 10:46 PM

I used it extensively with wifi in harbors. The answer is YES it works well IF you have a GOOD wifi connection. If you have a flaky or slow connection it does not work well.
We continue to use skype today to stay in touch all over the world and we have a video cam set up with other family & friends so we can see each other and talk at the same time...for free!! Very cool!

sailingdog 08-13-2007 02:55 AM

Vonage is a good alternative, and it has a few advantages over Skype. First, you get full voice mail capabilities... second, you get a US-based number, so that friends and family don't have to dial internationally to talk to you. You can get a Vonage soft-phone phone number, which allows you to use your laptop computer as a telephone. :D

Freesail99 08-13-2007 07:30 AM

Vonage I don't believe would work wih a dial up connection, unless things changed since I signed up 4 years ago. Skype will "sell" you a U.S. phone number and you can pick the location for the number.

Thanks Cam, for the info.

sailingdog 08-13-2007 08:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Freesail99 (Post 179112)
Vonage I don't believe would work wih a dial up connection, unless things changed since I signed up 4 years ago. Skype will "sell" you a U.S. phone number and you can pick the location for the number.

Thanks Cam, for the info.

Nope, really needs broadband, but even a good cellular 2.5G or 3G connection will do.


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