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1. Posted by HMB (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I'm about to take off to Ecuador for several months.
Planning mainly to communicate via email.
I'm interested in what people think about using Skype for phone calls.
How available is it in cafes?

2. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Skype or voice buster are fantastic,I use it since long and it saved me a lot of money
while making calls all over the world.
calls to normal telephones are mostly US $ 0.02 to cell phones around 0.15 and higher depend of the country.from PC to PC free.
Have seen in Ecuador at the internet cafes that you can use skype.

3. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I've used it and really liked it. My folks had a bit of problem with it on their computer, but they also have hackers in their neighborhood! Like Marlis said you can use it free computer to computer or for a fee from one to a landline. (If calling to the U.S. the cost to call to a landline or cell phone is the same.) Depending on the connection speed, the quality of the call can be less than perfect. However, if you have a good connection this is generally not a problem. Good luck!

4. Posted by idilla (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I live in NYC and my mom calls me from Mexico every other day. Since I donĀ“t like talking to computers or like to go out (I live in NYC, c'mon); Skype works great. The incoming calls to the US are very cheap (little more than 2 cents/minute). However, lately, the communication has been down for periods, so I can't hear what she's saying and vice versa.
Now, if you want to talk to someone else in another computer, msn messenger works better, and it's easier to find in cafes.

5. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

calls to Europa,New Zealand, South America are perfect with skype,better then the normal line.
if you have problems from your PC maybe you should check your head phone/microphone?

6. Posted by travelglob (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

i am using skype from last one year, the voice quality is exveptionally well as compared to normal telephone lines and you get loads of features as well.

Yes you can use skype from Internet cafes.


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7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

The biggest problem you would face in Internet cafes is not having a speaker / headset, as you can always install SKYPE if it isn't already installed. I have found that many internet cafes do provide headsets, but you may want to bring your own just in case.

Otherwise, it's a good way to communicate, assuming that you can get your friends on the other side to use it. Generally, it's best to set up times in advance to call, as most people don't bother starting and leaving Skype running all the time. If you arrange times to call in advance, then you can be sure that they will have the software running.

I have never tried it for calling to a land line, but probably will soon.


8. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

if you are on-line and sombody is calling you via skype a window will pop up on your
screen.all what you have to do when you see it put your head phone up and talk.(or dont answer)
You dont have to start skype extra for this.You dont need extra software for skype you download it and install your account $10.00/25.00(credit card)
You use a skype name,thats it.
making calls to a land line is like using the normal telefon,the only difference is it is MUCH CHEAPER

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 19, 2008, at 8:37 PM by marlis ]

9. Posted by gwelty (Full Member 83 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Skype is wonderful, and extremely cost effective vs. calling cards or international cell phones. I use skype for all of my international phone calls.