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    FLUFFSTER
    Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:40 pm
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    Hello everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and will have a great New Year. I have been hearing about SKYPE, and am trying to make up my mind about getting it. I know almost nothing about it, or even what type of service it's called. A friend in Scotland calls me and just loves her SKYPE. I've heard conflicting stories about it, and would very much like to hear from anyone who has it or has had it, including the pros and cons. Are there any other services like SKYPE? Thanks very much.
    Shirl (J) 831
    Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:36 pm
    Forum Host
    I know some pple who use it and love it. I do not know of any alternative though
    FLUFFSTER
    Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:42 pm
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    Thanks for the reply Shirl. I'd love to get it, except someone told us that it can trash the computer, and that's all hubby needed to hear. Oh well, if I keep asking people about it, all I need is several pros and not many cons! lol Thank again Shirl.
    Shirl (J) 831
    Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:10 am
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    you may get more advice if u post in the community cafe icon_smile.gif
    FLUFFSTER
    Tue Jan 06, 2009 4:49 pm
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    Thanks so much!
    silverchef
    Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:14 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    SKYPE is great if you have friends and relatives all over the world.Both my boys are overseas and we are in contact and love it
    FLUFFSTER
    Tue Jan 06, 2009 7:13 pm
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    Thanks so much! All of the info re:this is so much appreciated! Like I mentioned earlier, and I know I'm not alone in this, dear hubby has been against this from the start. Must be a "man thing". lol
    He's been listening to another friend, who has said his puter totally crashed because of it. If I could ask a couple of questions:
    1)I've used PayPal before, so I am familiar with it. A major concern to me is giving credit card info over the internet.
    2)Where does a person speak ? Is it the little gadget on the base of the puter which has little openings? Another thing, do I wear a headset of some sort, and if so, is it ok to have an in-expensive one?
    3)is everything to be done take place right online?
    Ok I'm done! thanks so very much! Don't think hubby thinks I can do it without him!! He's a fantastic person and my best friend, but a little childish once in awhile. In every man there is a little boy.! Thanks so much everyone!!! SKYPE-bound Fluffster!!
    Lazy Cook Too
    Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:40 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Maybe you have made your decision by now regarding Skype. My husband and I have Skype on one of our computers and have had a few visits with his son and family on the East Coast. It 's great if there are small grandchildren involved as you can watch how they change and learn new things. So far we haven't incurred any problems from the software. Hope you try it. Have fun. The microphone sits on top of my husband's monitor and that also contains the camera. It's also great for calling as the calls are free.
    FLUFFSTER
    Sun Jan 25, 2009 8:59 pm
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    Thanks so much everyone~
    I appreciate your inputs. I can't wait to try it. I have "met" several of the Zaar's members and maybe I can't see them in person, but at least I can hear the voices. If you and sanother persdon have th Skype, the calls are free. Thanks again Fluffster
    Taylor in Belgium
    Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:25 am
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    I used to use Skype to call the US from Belgium. I even had my own regional telephone number so my family could call without getting charged but I had to use the computer phone and there was always a delay in the conversation. Sometimes there was such an echo of myself talking that I had to pause and wait for myself to finish before I could talk again and that blocked whatever the other party was saying.
    Now I have switched to VoipBuster...
    http://www.voipbuster.com

    I put 10euro on my account. It costs me 5eurocent to call to Missouri and TN..I use the phone to phone method, call the number and my house telephone rings, but I used the computer to make the call. I pick up the phone after 1 ring and i hear the other side ringing.... and the clarity of the conversation is fantastic, no echoes, no delays. The first 120 days were 5cents per call and the call is free, after the 120 days are over its only about 2cents a minute. Read up on it in the above link. I think its the better way to go.!!! Plus, with the first 120 days and afterwards also, there is no time limit to talk. Thankfully, my sisters and I talk for an hour per sister, and I am in the middle of planning a wedding and reception long distance so it really is fantastic for communication with everyone and with my daughter!!
    FLUFFSTER
    Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:20 pm
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    Thanks so much! That sounds like a good deal, but I have a dear friend in Scotland, who just recently went the Skype route and I've really got to get something that would allow that. Do you or (anyone??) know of any other "Skype-like") companies? Thanks for the info, I truly appreciate it.
    Taylor in Belgium
    Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:05 am
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    Fluffster,
    I am assuming that you are in the US, so from US to United Kingdom was 5cents to call plus 1cent per minute. That was general UK...there were also 3 other UK options. Keep in mind that dear old Scotland belongs to the UK and doesn't stand alone as a country if you didn't find it in the list!
    I wish I could help with other alternatives, I have just used the two types since living here. Maybe the bad experience had something to do with a cheaper model computer phone or something, I really don't know. I do know we tried first using the headset with speaker and then switched to a usb telephone. The headset had worse quality than the phone did. At any rate, you can sure try skype, it beats the heck out of paying the usual phonebill cost!!
    I don't want a b..dy name
    Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:32 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    There are a lot of alternatives out there. Some free and some not. simply google VOIP. I personally have Skype on the Windoz and 4 others [all 4 are free period no cost no charges can call land lines even] on the Linux.

    It's not that hard with good google skills.
    FLUFFSTER
    Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:51 pm
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    Thank you so much everyone! Sounds like Skype is the answer! My hubby doesn't care about the service, he just is leery of having to give his credit card info to a service he's not sure of. (Guess he'll have to loosen up lol!!)Again, many thanks!
    Mia #3
    Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:54 pm
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    icon_biggrin.gif Hi greeting from Portugal. I have Sykpe too, I don't know what I'd do without it. I call all my friends overseas all the time, and so does my husband . We love it, its great. icon_wink.gif
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