This is for those of you who, like me, don't have the time to be as internet savvy as others!!
Recently, a co-worker (Lyn) told me recently that you if you (and the party you're trying to call) have access to the internet, you can call people long distance for no extra charge. You just need to have your IM account set up and you need a pair of earphones (she said you can pick up a pair @ Fry's for 10 bucks). The only downside is you have to coordinate times with whoever you're trying to call so that they can get to a computer (if you notify em via email, should be no problem!).
When you instant message, Lyn said there's a call option that you just click on and it'll call the person for you. She also said you can choose to answer or ignore incoming calls like a regular phone; and you can continue to IM other people while talking to your peeps!
Hope this helps for you all who have to make a lot of overseas calls especially (NZ,Palau, Samoa, Fiji...). Maybe it'll cut down your calling card expenses! Lyn said this is how she keeps in contact with family and friends in the Phillipines--at least you get more for your money since you're already paying for the internet connection!
Skype also allows you to make free computer-to-computer voice and video calls. You really need a good connection; it is very scrambled using 56k modem dialup. Broadband/cable is best, even if it is only 1 MB.
You can also use Skype to telephone normal phones and mobiles anywhere in the world. Prices don't always compare favourably, particuarly from the US where long-distance and international calls are so inexpensive. However, it may be worth getting an account - you need to buy credit for Skype, using your PayPal account, or a credit or debit card.
A word of caution; I have had a problem with my Skype account where someone stole my Skype id and took money from someone else's PayPal (I don't use the same Skype and PayPal e mails or user names). They managed to set up a business account within my personal account, unable to use my personal credit, but managing to use the stolen PayPal credit. I have written about my experiences in a hub.
http://hubpages.com/hub/Skype-fraud-sec … pe-account
Apart from that, I still use Skype quite a lot and would recommend it.
hi , are these distance calls really free ? i mean since one would be using certain bits per second while talking wouldnt that be similar to downloading where you have to pay extra for exceeding your limit of say 1GB per month. I get a usage of 1 GB per month here in India.
I am confused . Could you help ?
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