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Skype: Free software to make free phone calls
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Ann Bishop  Identity Verified
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Apr 8, 2004

Hi everyone:

I have recently downloaded a free software program called Skype.

If you have a PC with Microsoft 2000 or XP, a sound card, speakers, and headset, you can call anyone who has Skype installed on their machine anywhere in the world for free.

I call my dad in Belgium all the time now, and the quality is great.

Please check www.skype.com for more system requirements and info.

I love it, so I just wanted to pass this info along.

--Ann


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Pamela Brizzola  Identity Verified
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Thanks Apr 8, 2004

Thank you.
Saving on our phone bills is always good.
Pam


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Dave Greatrix  Identity Verified
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Now sit back and wait for the hassle Apr 8, 2004

Hi Ann,

I've got Skype too.

Pretty soon you'll be inundated with calls from unknown punters with nothing better to do than talk to strangers.

I'm hardly ever home at the moment so it doesn't bother me, but if you're at the keyboard all day -aaaargh!

However, I do agree it is handy for having long free chats with my daughter in Spain.

Ann Bishop wrote:

Hi everyone:

I have recently downloaded a free software program called Skype.

If you have a PC with Microsoft 2000 or XP, a sound card, speakers, and headset, you can call anyone who has Skype installed on their machine anywhere in the world for free.

I call my dad in Belgium all the time now, and the quality is great.

Please check www.skype.com for more system requirements and info.

I love it, so I just wanted to pass this info along.

--Ann


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Monika Coulson  Identity Verified
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Thank you very much Apr 9, 2004

Dear Ann,
Thank you for sharing this with us. I downloaded the program, but I was not able to connect. My computer has a sound card, however, I do not have a dial up internet. Does this make a difference? Well, I should probably ask the people at Skype. However, Thank you again.
Monika

Ann Bishop wrote:

Hi everyone:

I have recently downloaded a free software program called Skype.

If you have a PC with Microsoft 2000 or XP, a sound card, speakers, and headset, you can call anyone who has Skype installed on their machine anywhere in the world for free.
--Ann


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nettranslatorde
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Thanks, but... Apr 9, 2004

...you can also install Microsoft Messenger or Paltalk. Both work great. We usually use these for long term calls to any country in the world where we have friends or relatives....they are even better when you have DSL and are online all the time

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Dinny  Identity Verified
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Weird calls... Apr 9, 2004

I agree that Skype is quite fantastic and it saves me a lot of money considering I have a daughter living in Copenhagen and another in Greece - but when I forget to turn it off I DO get a lot of weird calls from strangers!

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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Not free, but very cheap I agree. Apr 9, 2004

Ann Bishop wrote:
If you have a PC with Microsoft 2000 or XP, a sound card, speakers, and headset, you can call anyone who has Skype installed on their machine anywhere in the world for free.


1. Can you use Skype even when you've only got a modem but no ISP? AFAIK you need at least an ISP (for which there usually is a monthly charge).

2. Keep in mind that these calls are "free" only if you live in a country where local calls are free (and your ISP is sufficiently local) or where calls to an ISP are free.

Still... it should be interesting. The web site claims near no-lag at 33 kbps. I'm definitely going to try it out.

I wonder how the software deals with modem disconnects in mid conversation (does it cache the speech or does it warn you to pause while it reconnects or does it reconnect at all, and does the recipient's computer know to wait, etc).


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DGK T-I  Identity Verified
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It ought to work anyway - using dial-up internet or otherwise May 2, 2004

Monika Coulson wrote:

Dear Ann,
Thank you for sharing this with us. I downloaded the program, but I was not able to connect. My computer has a sound card, however, I do not have a dial up internet. Does this make a difference? Well, I should probably ask the people at Skype. However, Thank you again.
Monika

Ann Bishop wrote:

Hi everyone:

I have recently downloaded a free software program called Skype.

If you have a PC with Microsoft 2000 or XP, a sound card, speakers, and headset, you can call anyone who has Skype installed on their machine anywhere in the world for free.
--Ann

It seems to work for me so far, judging by a very brief trial.
Later: a second trial didn't seem to work properly, but maybe I was doing something wrong?

To Dinny & David,
There seem to be options to restrict being called to contacts or callers who you have authorized, so hopefully this would prevent strange calls from anyone one didn't know, at least.
Giuli~


[Edited at 2004-05-02 16:04]

[Edited at 2004-05-02 17:08]


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Alice Wolfe, DDS  Identity Verified
United States
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Stop calls from strangers Jun 25, 2004

Dinny wrote:


I agree that Skype is quite fantastic and it saves me a lot of money considering I have a daughter living in Copenhagen and another in Greece - but when I forget to turn it off I DO get a lot of weird calls from strangers!



If you don't want strangers to call you, click on File, Options, and the tab Privacy. Check off the box "Accept only calls from people whom I have authorized", and Voila, your stranger calling days should be over.

All the best,
Alice


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