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Old February 28th, 2011, 03:26 PM
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Does anyone here Skype?

And how easy is it to use? I just got a new computer and it has Skype. I had heard a bit about it before but never used it. Just wondering if I should even bother to open it and set it up. Thanks folks!
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Old February 28th, 2011, 03:40 PM
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Its pretty easy to use...some of our relatives communicate with those in Australia via Skype and the best way to describe it would be a webcam...you connect and you see the person at the other end on your computer...(there are steps in between obviously.) I see no reason why you couldnt do it? great way to connect with children that are not living in the same town or friends??
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Old February 28th, 2011, 03:43 PM
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Thanks Winston. That helps!
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Old February 28th, 2011, 03:54 PM
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I know my son uses it all the time to call his friends in egypt and africa, he's called me but on my phone, he's on his computer....not sure how its used *L* he keeps telling me to get it but I don't pay long distance. I know he comes in nice and clear
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Old February 28th, 2011, 04:04 PM
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I've used it too G and like the others said it's pretty easy,,you need a mike too and speakers..or just get the headset with the mike built in. If i can figure out which box it's in a can send you one of mine.
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Old February 28th, 2011, 04:25 PM
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it's great !

My daughter bought me a small web cam for Christmas - it happens to be a Logitech so I downloaded their software and called my family in UK.
Then my daughter suggested I use Skype as that's the most common one, so I downloaded their software.
So now I can use Logitech or Skype - both free
Some days the connection isn't that good - but most time it is.
If Skype is acting up we use Logitech.
Thing is: I get to see my family in England, and they get to see me and I can point the camera at my dog, etc.
It's just great and far more rewarding than just a phone call
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Old February 28th, 2011, 04:26 PM
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ps my camera has its own microphone so I didnt need to buy anything else and I think the video camera is about fifty dollars
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Old February 28th, 2011, 04:28 PM
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Thanks folks! I have a headset that is fairly new from when my kids got me my Ipod. It will probably work. My kids are all long distance. My oldest is on the comp all the time. I thought it might be a better way of staying in touch with him.
Melinda - I had heard about the comp/phone. That is the part that had me intrigued.
inthedoghouse - the connection is my main concern. Mine sucks! We have wireless for which we pay an outrageous amount every month and had to pay a three year contract in order to get a tower. Being out in the country sucks sometimes.
Thanks very much for the input everyone. I appreciate it.
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Old February 28th, 2011, 04:40 PM
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14+ your skype connection couldn't possibly be worse than the phone convo i tried to have with you the other night. does the headset you have have a microphone too or does your web cam?
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Old February 28th, 2011, 04:43 PM
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14+ your skype connection couldn't possibly be worse than the phone convo i tried to have with you the other night. does the headset you have have a microphone too or does your web cam?
The headset has a microphone. Don't have a webcam. Would have to get one. (Crap! That means I gotta make myself look purdy before going on it.) But they aren't that expensive. I'll have to check next time I'm in town. Not in a huge hurry to activate this. I just wanted peeps' take on it for now.
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Old February 28th, 2011, 04:49 PM
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Dang...I've never even heard of Skype...guess my lack of tekkiness is showing
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Old February 28th, 2011, 04:52 PM
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Dang...I've never even heard of Skype...guess my lack of tekkiness is showing
Here ya' go LMPG. Seems it costs if you are doing comp to phone or phone to phone but not comp to comp .......
http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/home
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Old February 28th, 2011, 05:00 PM
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Here ya' go LMPG. Seems it costs if you are doing comp to phone or phone to phone but not comp to comp .......
http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/home
Wow that's kinda cool! I'll have to see if hubby will get us set up with that!
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Old February 28th, 2011, 09:53 PM
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The headset has a microphone. Don't have a webcam. Would have to get one. (Crap! That means I gotta make myself look purdy before going on it.) But they aren't that expensive. I'll have to check next time I'm in town. Not in a huge hurry to activate this. I just wanted peeps' take on it for now.
14+ just put a piece of duct tape over the camera lens so U don't have to doll yourself up before u can talk to someone. LOL
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The headset has a microphone. Don't have a webcam. Would have to get one. (Crap! That means I gotta make myself look purdy before going on it.) But they aren't that expensive. I'll have to check next time I'm in town. Not in a huge hurry to activate this. I just wanted peeps' take on it for now.
I know you can do it without a mic, but im not sure about without a picture. Its really easy to use, i set it up to use it at school, but i never had too much time to use it, and many of my friends back home didnt have. It will take only a few mins to learn how to use it if you choose so
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chase uses it with his parents and some friends out west.... he seems to like it. I wasn't all that impressed....especially cause they could see me!
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One of my friends uses Skype for her long distance relatives and buddies, so of course I asked her if she needed to wash her hair before calling....<grin>....she said no, cuz she just has it set up so that her photo appears on the screen and no "live" webcam rolling. Somewhere in my messy office I have a web cam....hmmm, might be a reason to tidy up this place.
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When Pat was in China for work a few years ago we Skyped twice a day. Talked for free for two months...gotta love it!!!

I have family in Toronto and whenever someone needs to show you something we Skype as well.

Go for it 14+!!!! Easy peasy!!!!
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Old March 1st, 2011, 03:58 PM
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Go for it 14+!!!! Easy peasy!!!!
Careful Di! I might start bugging you!!!
No really, the reason I was thinking about it is for my kids. And the fact you can add someone - bonus. My son's fiance lives in Quebec. Would be nice to touch base occasionally with her - cheaply of course.
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An old friend of mine in Sweden wants me to get Skype,as well as other people we know in Europe,I don't really want to be seen though,I am way past that
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14+, Skype is GREAT.. and.. you dont NEED a cam to make calls on it.. if your son has a cam its great, but all you really need to connect is mic and speakers/headphones. its really simple to use and I find it has the best connection clarity, having used Yahoo, MSN and Logitech as well.

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14+, Skype is GREAT.. and.. you dont NEED a cam to make calls on it.. if your son has a cam its great, but all you really need to connect is mic and speakers/headphones. its really simple to use and I find it has the best connection clarity, having used Yahoo, MSN and Logitech as well.

Yeah, I talked to my daughter the other night. She told me you didn't need a camera. So no danger of anyone seeing a rumpled me. I also didn't want to go buy a camera. My daughter said she and her husband talk over Skype all the time. She's working in TO right now and he's at home in London.
So........ I'll probably set it up soon. Sounds like it's pretty simple.
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https://support.skype.com/en/search/?q=conference+calls
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Think of the calls we could make.
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Think of the calls we could make.
I'm thinking, I'm thinking!!
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Old March 4th, 2011, 05:25 PM
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I GOT SKYPE! I put my skype number in my profile, hopefully you can see it
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So all I need is a microphone, wonder if there is one built into my computer
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OMG, I look old on this friggin old with this web cam
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