Hi, just looking at some options for communicating back home. I have heard of skype but don't know how it works. Can anyone give me a primer and advise for use in aruba? Thanks, cindyo
i believe skype is a voip - calls made via the interent. it's free domestically but international calls are charged. i'm not sure how much. not sure how you would use that in aruba w/o incurring cost since the hotel will charge you for internet service. also, i don't believe aruba wifi hotspots - 2 maybe?
If you are just wanting to communicate internationally with someone I would suggest MSN messenger and then webcam with the person. I have skype'd with friends in Aruba and the connection isnt that great.
I use skype all the time when I am in Aruba. Both as pure voice as well as 2-way video conference.
I use it to call all over the world, and it works perfect.
It of course depends on what Internet connection you use and just as much as the person in the other end.
The new version 4, which just came out, has improved immensely.
Before you more or less had to have a very good external camera and microphone, but now I just use my build in camera and mic in my laptop and it is even good enough to use for calls to my offices as well.
So upgrade to the latest version and Skype away .
It is free and works great.
How it works? Just go to the site, they have guides for beginners.
Last edited by Schnauzerjoy; 03-26-2009 at 01:49 PM.
i use skype
go to skype.com and the directions and downloads are easy
add in minutes on your credit card
i signed up, downloaded the stuff, bought $10 worth of minutes, bought the headset/mike @ radio shack and have used it religiously now for a few months when my account has less than $2 in it they add another $10 worth on the account
skype to skype calls are free
i use skype to skype when talking to mr burns (webmaster) i do not use the video camera thingy though
i do not pay a monthly fee
just pennies a minute for calls to non skype members
ok, this just seems way to complicated for me, I just got used to MSN and facebook!
My $50 to Fast phones with my 84 minutes is just fine. Can use it anywhere and don't have to worry about internet connections which do go down occassionally.
happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents
I wrote about the Skype W-Fi phone on numerous occasions here. I use Skype all the time but WITHOUT a computer. I use the Wi-Fi Skype phone which is about the size of a regular cell phone. It is so much easier than taking a computer with you.
This link talks about that phone in more detail.