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

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Does it work well with wifi ? It may be good to use while cruising.
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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.
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I also use Vonage at home.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.

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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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