My cost for Skype is Zero $. If they double it, it is Ok. Skype is a good service for overseas calls to friends. I would not use it for work. Not the best of quility. System supports both VoIP and VTC with mini cam.
I use Skype frequently as a means of communication with family and friends, usually a international distances. When the connections go through and hold, there's nothing quite like it. Over the years Skype has made many improvements in the sound quality of its connections (in particular, by eliminating annoying echoes). BUT----there are frequent occasions when the connection is "dropped" and you find yourself talking to a "dead" line. I have yet to figure out a reason for this break of contact and sometimes, in my frustration, feel as if it is done intentionally for the purpose of getting me to switch over to the paying mode, something I'm not willing to do. After all, I pay enough to my ISP and if I want a land-line call, I can make it cheaply enough.
The really big advantage is the feeling that you are talking to someone sitting next to you, and if you both have cameras, you can see each other as well.
When I was a child (a long time ago) such things were the exclusive realm of science fiction.
My only experience with Skype was a friend who's son was in Italy and had his wallet (along with all of his travelers cheques and credit cards) stolen. The kid was able to use Skype throught the Hotel managers office and my friend was able to provide a credit card over the phone to cover hotel costs and also arrange to get his son more travelers cheques. Definitely a benefit in that case. Other than that, no need to use personally.
With domestic telephone rates what they are (optimum voice and vonage are one price per month with calling anywhere at anytime, verizon wireless has free nights and weekends, etc), Skype seems pointless. Internationally it is a no brainer.
I use skype very frequently, but ZERO is the price I would pay. I use it solely for voip calls (skype 2 skype) and its been great so far. As far as the usefulness is concerned, if you spend most of your waking hours staring at a computer I would rather take a call right there instead of running to grab a device. See its just a question of your lifestyle and connections. :)
One nice aspect about Skype communication is that it tells you when your approved conversation partners are on line. You can choose to talk with them or not but when you do want to talk to someone, there is nothing quite like talking AND seeing your call partner at the same time. If you have a mike, a camera and speakers (or earphones) you are set to go. There's no need to buy any special equipment.
Try it--you'll like it.
I've come across a really disturbing bug that acts up unpredictably--somehow the program "on its own" makes an adjustment to the microphone setting that results in disabling it.
To overcome this problem, one has to right click on the sound settings icon, open the microphone's advanced settings box, and remove the check-marks from the two "boost microphone" settings. Once the check marks are removed you can close the settings box nd enjoy free conversations till the next unpredictable moment when it turns itselg off again.
sorry, but I think skype DO NOT doubling their fee, month after month Skype subscriptions is getting lower and lower, I have monthly subscription options and now I only paid 85% paypal over last period subscription charges
Yes I use SKYPE too!! As do the entire family.. we all link to each other and we chat for hours and it costs nothing.. We dont use to call phone numbers,
we also dont subscribe to the multi connections.. so our costs are nothing.
we have two way conversations either typing or talking and we love it.. simple to set up, takes five minutes.
The kids have it permanently on to talk to each other from room to room, better than a walky talky LOL!