Do you use Skype?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by iMacZealot, Nov 18, 2007.

  1. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

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    I downloaded it about two years ago when I heard that it was taking the world by storm, and I thought it was really cool, but then they started charging for SkypeOut, so I stopped using it (which wasn't much before then), and all my friends are on AIM for chat anyways.

    I'm getting more interested in it now (especially after our $2400 at&t bill.) I tried buying some credit tonight, but it wouldn't let me. I hope somebody develops a client for it when the iPhone's software goes open in February. I also wish iChat was compatible with Skype. I want my family to use it the next time we go internationally on our E61 (or iPhones, fingers crossed.)

    Do you use Skype? For what purpose? How often?
     
  2. arkitect macrumors 601

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    I use Skype for the majority of my international calls. Sound quality is great on my connection and the savings are huge.
     
  3. jng macrumors 65816

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    Skype won't help your $2400. You guys need to look at your talking habits.

    I use skype and have Skype Pro. I pay about $60/yr. for a U.S. number that my friends and family back home dial. It rings on my computer and all my incoming calls are free. With Skype Pro I also got $10 Skype Out credit, which I use mostly to call people to tell them to call me.

    Nowadays you can also buy a skpe phone for anywhere between $50-$200. I'm thinking about getting one but it'd cost in the higher range since all the USB ones don't work with Mac. Then I'd need a VOIP phone, which costs at least $100. I'd want a cordless phone because I think using skype is great but I hate being tethered to my computer via a headset (a must if you skype).

    Also in most of my european friends are on Skype, not AIM.
     
  4. arkitect macrumors 601

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    That is not true.
    See here for a start…

    Unless you meant to say: Some of the USB ones don't work with Mac.
     
  5. tyr2 macrumors 6502a

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    I just got a new mobile which comes with a skype client with free data. It's actually reasonably good, if a bit buggy. It means I can make free calls to other skype users when I'm out and about. Pretty handy.
     
  6. jng macrumors 65816

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    hadn't seen that site before. so i stand corrected. before i just looked at skype's offerings and amazon.
     
  7. desenso macrumors 6502a

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    Skype does a better job of video and audio quality than iChat does, at least for me. That's why I use it.
     
  8. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    I used to use Skype, but then I upgraded to Leopard and it wouldn't open up...
     
  9. wozzlewoozle macrumors regular

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    I use skype routinely to keep in touch with friends/family. I find it generally works quite well, although occasionally the sound quality is a little poor. This is however offset by the cost, $0.00
     
  10. cornopaez macrumors regular

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    I use Skype a lot to talk to my family (at least once or twice a day). The sound quality is great from computer to computer (better than Tiger's iChat audio conference quality) and from computer to landline and cells varies depending where the person is, although it usually sounds just fine.

    The price doesn't bother me cause paying about 4 cents/min to the States or around 9 cent/min to South America it's really cheap compared to many, many other options...

    If you're having issues buying credit I recommend trying the paypal option at checkout; for some reason certain cards are rejected automatically if you have a good ID Theft Protection :D it has worked for me so far!
     
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  12. tyr2 macrumors 6502a

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    Have you downloaded and reinstalled the latest version?

    Yep.
     
  13. iMacZealot thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Those are just international charges. Did you think we had $2400 in domestic overage charges? :p
     
  14. mfacey macrumors 65816

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    I use skype for all my outgoing calls. I bought a Netgear dual skype/landline phone (which is also cordless). It works absolutely great. Sound quality is very good and if the person on the other side is using skype as well the call is free. Otherwise its still a lot cheaper than our old landline provider.
     
  15. jknight8907 macrumors 6502a

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    I use it almost every day to call back home to the states.
     
  16. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    I use it sometimes, but the call out feature is a godsent if you have friends in other countries.

    Now if only Apple included call out into iChat, produced a sexy handset and gave me a free number with my .mac account. :(
     
  17. Shotglass macrumors 65816

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    Exclusively.





    Well, iChat too, but I have few Mac-using friends, and I love Skype.
     
  18. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    Yup. Love it.

    It's quite handy for communicating with friends and loved ones who live thousands of miles away.
    Really? I disagree. I feel Skype's audio > iChat's. But iChat's video quality is better. But seeing as the video doesn't make me feel as "connected" as the audio, I find myself using Skype more so than iChat for the better audio. Plus, if I'm on iChat, people will IM and that's obnoxious. Don't have that problem so much w/ Skype. :p
     
  19. walangij macrumors 6502

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    I use skype a lot when I'm abroad, it's much cheaper to call from Skype than a land-line (USA to ASIA). This summer I'd skype my friends back home for free. I'm trying to connect my mom and her family by purchasing skype phones for all of them so it'll be way cheaper than calling all the time. I feel OP's $2400 international call bill.
     
  20. tbohlsennswssrg macrumors regular

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    Yes I use it for contacting friends in association with iChat & Adium
     
  21. NewMacGirl macrumors regular

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    We use it all the time to phone fmilly in the UK. Skypeout 99% of time too. $4o of credit lasts us over 6 months and that is talking with no consideration on time limits. We have a logitech Skype phone which is liked to a wireless unit connected to our PC so we can go anywhere in the house and use it like a normal phone.

    Its cut our bills by at least 300%. Can't be bothered with it on the PC with those awful headsets, and the video is more trouble than its worth I reckon. PC to PC calls are worse than using Skype out I reckon.

    Yes skype is brilliant
     
  22. Shotglass macrumors 65816

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    NewMacGirl. Just try video, it's really nice. I rarely use Skype for text-only messaging, because the audio quality is so good.
     
  23. Mydel macrumors 6502a

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    I use it to talk with "PC friends". But iChat in my case has much better audio and video quality (especially video).
     
  24. lofight macrumors 68000

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    yes, but not very often, just to call some school friends and have a groupcall
     
  25. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    I have never used Skype, and have no plans to, especially when the most important people for me to chat with I can use Apple's iChat for.
     

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