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1. Posted by philpot (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Can anyone tell me what the heck Skype is and how it works?? We're going travelling next month for a year and my mum and dad want to keep in touch as much as possible obviously and have heard about Skype and that it's a way of chatting for free?? If anyone knows anything please let me know.

Thanks!
Phil

2. Posted by hobo1985 (Inactive 52 posts) 8y

its basically like a phone service that can be operated from pc to pc for free or to a normal phone. You can make video and voice calls, it is an easy way to keep in touch but just remember the time differences

visit the skype site and it should give you all the info u need

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Phil, you can think of it as msn chat but then with voice (think msn might also offer this, but skype is the big one here). So you'd need the actual software installed, which isn't a problem if you are travelling with your own computer but in some internet cafe's it might not be included on the actual computer you are using. A lot of internet cafe's will have it installed, at least if they are in broadband areas. For best working you also really need a headset, which is provided in those internet cafe's with skype pre-installed I'm sure. If you're travelling with your own laptop, run some tests before leaving home with your parents to make sure it's working and everyone understands it. It can be annoying if you're trying to call someone and you have to figure out as you go along-it's happened to me on more than one occassion!

You can also use skype to call regular phones and my parents regularly call my mobile from Australia using skype. It's about a 10th of what they would otherwise pay and the quality is just as good as if they picked up their regular phone. I'm pretty sure that'd deteriorate pretty quickly though once you get into areas with lower internet access speeds.

Those are the two main ways I've used it. Once you've figured it out it's an absolutely beautiful piece of software and well worth the time testing it out (not a lot really).

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 8y

This is really useful as I am moving to NZ next week and was thinking of investigating Skype too. :)

5. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 8y

Wow.....

I´m surprised everyone on here isn´t already on SKype !!!!

set up an account tomorrow if you´re travelling.

It´s a godsend !!!

2 euro cents an hour to call the UK from practically anywhere in the world !

Also, I´d suggest trying to get a small headset (mines a skype specific one... cost me 1 pound) with a headphone and microphone connection. IT´s been brilliant as some of the internet cafes don´t have a headset but you can plug yours into the back of the machine.

Also, I´ve got a MEmory Stick with Skype already on it !!! You can then plug in your stick into the USB port and start skype from there if it´s not on the machine already !

Really Really Helpful and would recommend anyone travelling get an account set up....

Hopefully I´ll get some free minutes for this plug ,)

Taffski

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting Taffski

Also, I´ve got a MEmory Stick with Skype already on it !!! You can then plug in your stick into the USB port and start skype from there if it´s not on the machine already !

Wow, now THAT is a useful tip! Great idea and never even so much as crossed my mind.

One thing I've also used Skype for was to set up my own Australian number. That way anyone calling from Australia pays a local call and my computer rings when they do. But I never got called so I quit that service. It was mainly meant for my parents and I think they just figured paying the 2 cents or so per minute to get a hold of me on my mobile was just as easy, if not easier :)

7. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 8y

Also, I´ve got a MEmory Stick with Skype already on it !!! You can then plug in your stick into the USB port and start skype from there if it´s not on the machine already !

That is such an excellent idea but how do you do it??

Can I also ask how you 'pay' for the calls you do when you are out travelling.. do you have to set up an account or something??

I have skype on my personal computer at home and roughly know how to use it but that's about it. I won't be taking my computer with me so will rely on the cafes so if I can take skype to guarantee I'll have it in every cafe that would be fab.. I think that's what you are saying by having it on a memory stick anyway! Good idea to take your own headset too.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 10, 2008, at 10:54 AM by sofe1978 ]

8. Posted by hobo1985 (Inactive 52 posts) 8y

so do u just put the installation software on your memory stick or the actual full programme? Please can you explain as i am a bit dense!

9. Posted by philpot (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

This is all fantastic, thanks guys! I am now on Skype webiste investigating so if I find more info I will post this for others to see.

Am very interested in this memory stick thoguh so if you could post a reply about that, that would be great.

10. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 8y

I have just installed skype on my parents' PC for them so I can chat when I am in NZ - it looks great and I can't believe I haven't done this before! :)

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 14, 2008, at 3:46 PM by bex76 ]