Free Internet Telephone Calls

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Stuart B-M
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Skype is a little program for making free calls over the internet to anyone else who also has Skype. It’s free and easy to download and use, and works with most computers.

http://www.skype.com/

I am sure there are others on the site that can confirm whether this is a worthwhile program....

Kindest Regards all

Bob Aldis
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I can vouch for Skype. It does as Stuart says.

You can also use it to call non computer numbers paying just their local rates.

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Stuart B-M
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Bob Aldis wrote:
I can vouch for Skype. It does as Stuart says.

You can also use it to call non computer numbers paying just their local rates.

BobA

Hi Bob,

What do you need to use this program?
I appreciate the software is a free download, but do you need the usb type phone set, or can it be used with webcam? etc....

Kind Regards
Stuart

Chirpy
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Stuart B-M wrote:
Hi Bob,

What do you need to use this program?
I appreciate the software is a free download, but do you need the usb type phone set, or can it be used with webcam? etc....

Kind Regards
Stuart

Hi Stuart,

'Scuse me butting in, I don't use Skype even though I've already installed the software. Thought you might like to know that in tomorrow's edition of WEB USER there's a group test of VoIP hardware (handsets) and the Olympia Cordless Dualphone which is £74 from www.dabs.com/3L27 looks pretty good. You may be able to find it cheaper elsewhere, I haven't had time to look yet.

Chirpy's Big Breakfast can be heard on Radio England International. These are repeat shows (he's retired now) played Monday to Friday 8am-12 noon and repeated in the evening from 8pm-midnight. Also, Sunday 8am-12 noon. (Click link to listen) www.onlineradio5.com/2013/06/radio-england-international.html

paultv
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Skype is real cool, you can use any headset/mic set up or a USB handset, I bought a handset for £20 (Yamamoto) this comes with a litle utility and works very simply, there's a test set up within Skype to check your system works OK, you call them and it records you for 10 seconds and plays back so you can hear how well its all working.

You can buy 10 euro blocks of time which gives you 10 hours of talk time access to landline numbers around the world - 1.7 cents (euro) per minute and around 20 cents/min to mobiles around the world.

Obviously to call another skype user computer to computer is free.

The quality of sound is excellent, it does work with dial-up but better on broadband - travel with your Skype phone, laptop with Wi Fi, its great to call Australia with from any old hotspot!

Chirpy
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paultv wrote:
The quality of sound is excellent, it does work with dial-up but better on broadband...

I've started using Skype now but I find the other person's voice sounds a bit squelchy through my headphones. They're not particularly good but music sounds okay with them. Am I doing something wrong?

Chirpy's Big Breakfast can be heard on Radio England International. These are repeat shows (he's retired now) played Monday to Friday 8am-12 noon and repeated in the evening from 8pm-midnight. Also, Sunday 8am-12 noon. (Click link to listen) www.onlineradio5.com/2013/06/radio-england-international.html