Sunday, November 9, 2008

A Word About Skype


If you have a microphone or webcam (or preferably both), you HAVE to download Skype and try it out!

Click here to learn more about Skype and to download the free software!

Basically the software enables you to use your computer as a phone and talk to other people (that's where the microphone comes in) AND see them (if you/they have a webcam) - completely free, no matter where in the world they are!

I am using it like crazy! I talked with Sherri the other night for an hour (we both had webcams so we could see each other). I talked with Jeff as well (he doesn't have a webcam so I could just hear him, but he could see me). And tonight I talked with Jessica (with webcams on both ends). It only took her 5 minutes to download the software and get started!

Skype is awesome and totally free from computer to computer over a broadband internet connection!

And another cool thing about it is that for only 2 cents a minute, you can use it to call regular telephone land lines or mobile numbers. So for instance, my Mom doesn't have a webcam or microphone on her computer, but I still used Skype and my computer to call her house the other night and we talked for 20 minutes and it only cost me 60 cents! And I called my nieces tonight and talked to them too. Plus, it's a cheap way for me to call and check my home/cell voicemail while I'm away - only 2 cents a minute! Much cheaper than the cell phone I have at 18 euro cents a minute.

It's kind of weird talking "to" the computer, but you get used to it. The best experience is when both people have webcams. I move my computer around and show people the apartment! And seeing the person you are talking to makes you feel like they are right there!

Ok, enough of the Skype advertisement. I just HAD to mention how incredibly awesome it is, and if you haven't tried it yet, you should. It's FREE!!!!!!!!!!!

p.s. If you decide to try it, email me and I'll tell you my Skype name so you can see me online and Skype me. I don't want to post it for fear of crank Skypers ;-)

Hope to Skype you soon!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hey aunt gina, i am so happy that Obama won on tuesday that was the first day ever that i watched CNN without anyone telling me to everyone was in shock, i hope that your ankel is feeling better and i cant beleive that u did that and that had to happen to you and in France. I hope that you are doing good in your French classes because I expect you to be talking French when you come back, well I have to go because the realiteves are coming soon so i have to get ready for them.:(

p.s. i figured out how to do blog now!!!!!