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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:20 PM

 

Do you know about Skype?

I know I am way late to the party, but I just installed Skype on my tablet computer and was amazed. I made a phone call to a friend and it worked, and the quality was better than I thought it would be. Wow, it surprised me how easy it was to use, and if you get your friends to sign up with Skype, then you can make free calls to them. And then I looked at the website, you can pay a monthly rate to make unlimited phone calls to both cell and landlines for 3 bucks a month! Jeez, why should I even carry a cell phone with me, I'm now thinking? I know this is probably old hat to a lot of you but it is new to me.

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Reply Do you know about Skype? (Original post)
quinnox Feb 2013 OP
graywarrior Feb 2013 #1
jberryhill Feb 2013 #2
Ilsa Feb 2013 #3
silverweb Feb 2013 #4
quinnox Feb 2013 #7
silverweb Feb 2013 #11
quinnox Feb 2013 #14
silverweb Feb 2013 #16
quinnox Feb 2013 #18
silverweb Feb 2013 #22
SharonAnn Feb 2013 #28
CreekDog Feb 2013 #39
ann--- Feb 2013 #9
silverweb Feb 2013 #19
SharonAnn Feb 2013 #29
silverweb Feb 2013 #30
nadinbrzezinski Feb 2013 #5
FrodosPet Feb 2013 #46
NYC_SKP Feb 2013 #6
ann--- Feb 2013 #8
sorefeet Feb 2013 #24
a la izquierda Feb 2013 #10
Puzzledtraveller Feb 2013 #12
Recursion Feb 2013 #13
DollarBillHines Feb 2013 #15
silverweb Feb 2013 #20
KoKo Feb 2013 #17
kwassa Feb 2013 #21
XRubicon Feb 2013 #23
Son of Gob Feb 2013 #31
Adam-Bomb Feb 2013 #25
Heidi Feb 2013 #45
mucifer Feb 2013 #26
d_r Feb 2013 #27
Son of Gob Feb 2013 #32
Blue_In_AK Feb 2013 #33
Jamaal510 Feb 2013 #34
Shankapotomus Feb 2013 #35
DevonRex Feb 2013 #44
ScreamingMeemie Feb 2013 #36
SheilaT Feb 2013 #37
alp227 Feb 2013 #38
Egalitarian Thug Feb 2013 #40
lynne Feb 2013 #41
HipChick Feb 2013 #42
DevonRex Feb 2013 #43

Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:23 PM

1. We just started using it

It's cooler than I thought it would be.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:27 PM

2. The call quality is surprising

As long as everything is working okay. But, in general, it is pretty amazing. I mainly use it when I'm outside of the US to save a ton on phone calls.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:29 PM

3. My friends are able to stay in touch

with their kids overseas in the military via Skype. They love it.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:30 PM

4. Do you buy a data plan or what?

Either WiFi or a wireless phone signal is still needed. What do you use?

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Response to silverweb (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:31 PM

7. No, that is the weird thing

 

I had just signed up, and used a fake name even, and then I touched this one icon and it was a number pad, so just for kicks not knowing it would work, I dialed a friend's number and they picked up and I talked to them!

I don't even understand why the call went through when I haven't given Skype any money??

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Response to quinnox (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:51 PM

11. That's weird.

You must have been within range of free WiFi at the time. That's the only way I can see that working.

I have a phone with voice & data plan, need the number to have the account but hardly ever use it as a phone. I also have a Nook HD that's great for some things but not others. My ideal would be a single device that functions as both and doesn't need an expensive phone plan. Skype would fit in with that perfectly.

Considering that I use my data connection all the time but the voice connection rarely, I'm paying way too much right now. Still trying to figure a way around it. It's got to be coming soon.

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Response to silverweb (Reply #11)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:54 PM

14. sorry I misunderstood your post

 

Yes, i have a wifi network and am connected that way.

The part I don't get is why they apparently let me make a voice phone call to my friend for free, when I thought it costs money unless you buy a plan from Skype.

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Response to quinnox (Reply #14)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:59 PM

16. Oh, I see!

We initially seem to have misunderstood each other.

Sounds like a happy glitch on Skype's part -- or maybe you stumbled onto a free trial for new users?

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Response to silverweb (Reply #16)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:03 PM

18. I think maybe it is that, but I'm not sure, because I installed the Skype through Google play store

 

Now I'm wondering if Google play store is going to charge me for that Skype phone call and they have some agreement with Skype or something. Because Google play does have my debit card on file.

Or maybe it is a free trial after all, I'm not sure.

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Response to quinnox (Reply #18)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:07 PM

22. You'll find out.

Within 30 days, pretty much guaranteed. I hope it's a free trial.

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Response to quinnox (Reply #14)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:14 PM

28. If you call computer to computer, there's no charge from Skype. However,

if you call from a computer to a phone, there is a charge. But it's pennies minute for domestic and international calls.

We've been using Skype for years and since we have family overseas, it's been a huge money-saver (on both ends) and allows us to keep in much closer touch than if we had to pay AT&T's (or other phone company's) rates for international calls.

We really use it a lot.

When you have people's Skype name in your Skype address book, there's a window that pops up when they come online. So you have an impromptu chat on a moment's notice.

Also, you can text someone and you can leave a voice message for them on their Skype account.

Last time I was out of the country for a while, I paid for a Skype phone number and had my home phone forwarded to that number. Then, I called in via Skype periodically to check my voice mail messages and call back if I needed to. Way cheaper than an AT&T Calling Card!

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Response to SharonAnn (Reply #28)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:30 AM

39. I used it to call from Europe to hear and vice versa

I was away for a few weeks and even after making calls back to Europe after I got home, I still had about half my initial $10 investment.

The only downside is if your bandwidth is limited or connection is slow or the network is busy, it gets choppy and sometimes very hard to use.

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Response to silverweb (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:33 PM

9. You can use both

a 3G network or Wifi on your phone to use skype.

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Response to ann--- (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:03 PM

19. Yes, I've got both.

Only use the 3G when I'm out, wish I didn't need the voice plan at all.

My goal: One device and one data plan to do it all for one reasonable price. I might be dreaming. lol

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Response to silverweb (Reply #19)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:14 PM

29. "One ring to bind them all".

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Response to SharonAnn (Reply #29)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:23 PM

30. Uh-oh...

That doesn't mean I have to throw my phone in a volcano or something, does it?

Actually, it's probably a good thing to have both WiFi and 3G in case one goes out during an emergency, although the idea of just one, all-purpose device strongly appeals to the minimalist in me.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:30 PM

5. Yup

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 01:48 AM

46. People should be writing letters (and mailing checks) whenever possible

It seems to me THAT would be the way to save the post office. Either reduce non-paper communications, or give the USPS a piece of the pie. In another message, I mentioned a tax on SMS texts, e-mails, and online bill paying. Maybe they can get a few pennies per call from Skype, Google, Magic Jack, and the traditional telcos as well.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:31 PM

6. I Skype with iPad, iMac, macbook, you can even show a home or share a vacation moment.

It's pretty frakkin' cool!

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:32 PM

8. Been using Skype for years

to video call family members out of town. I have the app on my android phone (free from Google Play) and bought a year of unlimited calls in the U.S. and Canada for $31.00 from Skype. when it is installed on your phone, you can choose to use skype or your mobile carrier to make calls. Skype calls are not deducted from your balance.

I love it. However, I heard that Verizon doesn't allow skype use or makes it difficult to make or receive calls on it.

I don't have Verizon any more - thank goodness. They are TOO expensive. Virgin Mobile for me!

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Response to ann--- (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:35 PM

24. I was using skype thru Verizon

and it cost me like $400.00 bucks. I paid the penalties and dropped Verizon forever. I am back to a land line now for good. If I travel it will be because of an emergency so I'll just buy a trac phone for $20.00.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:38 PM

10. I use it when I'm abroad on research.

I keep a local cell for emergencies, social things, etc., but Skype my husband and family. It's great.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:52 PM

12. I use gmails app to talk to my mom completely free in Texas

any national call is free.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:52 PM

13. Keeps me sane on foreign postings

When I just can't take another conversation in Hindi, Skype is my go-to technology. Even works on Linux.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:55 PM

15. Heck, all of my friends communicate via telepathy.

Smaller carbon footprint.

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Response to DollarBillHines (Reply #15)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:05 PM

20. LOL

Awesome! I wish....



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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:03 PM

17. Our Small Business uses it all the time. I'm not sure it's Secure...

but, for now, the convenience in dealing with clients outweighs the possible SPYING.

But, it's a concern. Still...it's so EASY...does make one wonder WHY!

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:06 PM

21. I was talking to my wife when she was in China ...

I was here on the east coast, she was exactly 12 hours difference in China, with our laptop cameras we could see and talk to each other clearly, which our little girl, who was with me, just loved. And, we could talk twice a day, and see each other.

For free.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:10 PM

23. Yes I think you are late

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Response to XRubicon (Reply #23)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:42 PM

31. That was almost 2 years ago, they haven't wrecked it yet.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:54 PM

25. Skype? Sure.

Our youngest son introduced us to it, actually, and it was great
to be able to actually SEE him when he was in the sandbox, and
S. Korea, and Kentucky and upstate NY.

It meant a lot to him to be able to see his kids, too; we would hold
them in our laps while we talked. His daughter would kiss the screen
giving her Daddy good night sugars, and his infant son would climb on
the computer to go to his dad. They did that to US when he was at Fort
Drum, NY.

He's home for good now, after six long-ass years.....Thank God.

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Response to Adam-Bomb (Reply #25)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 01:19 AM

45. Welcome to DU, Adam-Bomb!

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:05 PM

26. As a hospice nurse I have seen people actually skype

a death at home to their relatives in other countries who could not travel to the US.

It's very sad that families can't easily visit when someone is dying. The laws are very restrictive these days since 9/11. I do believe skype is better than a phone call for families who want this in hospice situations.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:13 PM

27. its like a jetsons phone

but I still want a flying car

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Response to d_r (Reply #27)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:42 PM

32. I'll settle for a Hoverboard.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:20 PM

33. Does Skype work better than FaceTime?

I've really enjoyed FaceTime for visiting the grand kids.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:43 PM

34. Skype is like the real-life Jetson phone.

People can see not only me, but my family and how clean or messy my bedroom is.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:48 PM

35. Gmail offers free talk and video calls

Last edited Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:55 AM - Edit history (1)

There is also an app called Talk-a-Tone that works with Gmail to let you make wifi calls from your Apple iOS devices.

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Response to Shankapotomus (Reply #35)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 01:08 AM

44. Yeah, we use gmail, too. Sometimes Skype gets a little laggy

so we switch over. There's never a problem with gmail at the same time, thankfully.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:51 PM

36. I always look like crap on the video feed so I hate it.

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #36)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:24 AM

37. Maybe my age is showing, but

I have no desire to be looking at the people I'm talking to.

The one time I actually participated in a Skype call -- at a party to be in touch with an absent friend -- I was quite unimpressed with the quality of the video. There seemed to be a definite lag time in the transmission, which I found strange.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:26 AM

38. Thom Hartmann uses skype for some interviews on his radio & TV shows.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:41 AM

40. For about seven years now. Americans are about the last people on earth to discover this.

 

Every business all over the world has a Skype address. Telephones and teleconferencing services are dead. If you live in an area that suffers frequent power outages, you might make a case for a land line in case of emergency, or if you are stuck in the backward land of America you might need one for outdated access to the internet. But the rest of the world has moved on and most of don't even know it.

Microshit bought it last year for $8B, so expect them to start trying to find a way to scam some $ from you, but the djin is out of the bottle and there are always alternatives, so don't be a sucker.

Over the last 30 years we've moved from number one to number dumb and are a global laughing stock.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:49 AM

41. Attended a wedding via Skype last month -

- it was in Hawaii and we're on the East Coast. Couldn't afford to go and were really bummed as the couple are very dear to us. So - they propped a computer tablet up near the wedding arch and our family gathered around our PC on the East Coast with drinks in hand. We had a better "seat" than most for the wedding. The couple came up to the tablet and chatted with us after the ceremony and we toasted them. Wasn't quite the same as being there but it was second best to it. Wasn't nearly as expensive, either!

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:51 AM

42. I use it for work, when they think I am working from home..

but I am actually on an Island somewhere...I have a local Skype number so they don't know I am even out of the country and all my calls are forwarded to my Skype ph #

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 01:06 AM

43. Yep. That's how I see one of my sons who lives overseas. We have family room

calls on the big screen TV that's got a computer & webcam hooked up to it so he can see all of us and we can see and talk to him and it's all free. It's truly a godsend. It's great at holidays and birthdays since he can feel like he's in the room with us and can see all the decorations and the gifts being unwrapped, too. I hide the food, though. It really makes him homesick more than anything else.

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