With the popularity of video conferencing and calling these days, one of the more popular programs out there is Skype. While old sci-fi films depicted “video phones” as an amazing device that we would all be obsessed with, Skype has become almost commonplace and mundane. Even still, it is a very useful program that is worth checking out.
Skype offers a fee-based service, but is mostly free. You can set up an account and screen name like any other chat service out there, using whatever e-mail you have available, and set a password as well. Once logged in, you can even do text chat, much like AOL Instant Messenger or any of the other popular chat services, and it comes with its own funny “smiley” images that you can use in your conversation. For the fee-based services, you can charge money on to Skype for the right amount of “credits” that you need, and then you can use Skype to call any home, work, or cellular phone you want to call all around the world. Just make sure you tell the person you’re calling beforehand if they have to worry about long distance! Either way, it’s a cheaper alternative than many other services, and it’s convenient if you need to talk to someone that is not at a computer.