Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Works for Me Wednesday!

Hubby and I have found an amazing tool! Many of you probably already know about it, but it's new for us and I'm sure this can help out at least some of you.

As most of you know, Hubby is on the other side of the world - Qatar, to be exact. We are going to be separated for the next two months until the kids and I can join him. It's been difficult, not to mention expensive, to connect and be on the same wavelength. Him trying to find housing there, me dealing with the kids here, him starting a new job there, me trying to sell houses here - we really need to keep our lines of communication open now more than ever. I was going crazy not being able to talk to him for more than a few minutes. And sure, email is great, but it's not the same as hearing your loved one's voice.
Enter Skype.

is a voice over internet program. I didn't think it would work well, imagining echos and distant sounding voices. But instead, I've found it to be amazingly clear. It does sound a little like the person is on a speaker phone, but you get used to it. It also has a chat feature if you'd rather chat than talk.

It's totally, absolutely 100% free to call another person who has Skype. All you need is speakers and a microphone (though I purchased a $15 headset with a microphone) and a quick 5 minute download of the program and you are ready to go. Get your loved one on the other side of the country or the world to download it too and be talking within minutes. And if you call someone who doesn't have Skype, the rates are still great. Hubby and I would save 15 cents a minute of our phone company rates.

This morning, we talked for almost two hours. It was so good to just be able to talk without worrying about how much it cost. If you have loved ones who are far away, give it a try. I bet you won't be disappointed!

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Marcia said...

I LOVE Skype - I do my international coaching on Skype too!

Look for me - I'm marcia.francois :)

Anonymous said...

We too use Skype and have found it to be great! :)

My Ice Cream Diary said...

What a wonderful thing for you and you hubby. I will have to keepthis in mind in case I ever need it.

ValleyGirl said...

Just recently, I was asked by another blogger if I had Skype so we could message or chat some time. I'd definitely heard of it before, but never looked into it.

I'm so glad there's an easy, inexpensive way for you and hubby to keep track of each other. Seperations are so much easier if one can keep in touch -- especially without worrying about the phone bill!!

Anonymous said...

Love, love Skype. We used it to video call home when we took a trip overseas and were away from the kids. It helped make the trip easier on everyone!


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