So… assuming I wind up working in Dublin in the near, I’ll likely be in the market for cheap phone calls between Ireland and the UK, in both directions. One option is, of course, Skype – the SkypeOut and SkypeIn possibilities both look like they may be useful (the former allows PC-to-landline calls, the latter the reverse).
Or… there’s Gizmo. Anyone have any experience with doing these? I mean, really doing these? Well, obviously, millions of people have, and I’ve used PC-to-PC Skype briefly myself (great sound quality – rubbish echo cancellation, both compared to iChat AV).
How well do they really integrate with old-fashioned telephones? Voice chat tends to have rather poor latency by modern phone standards – how distracting is it? And do people ‘get it’? Or do you end up spending so long explaining the concept to your family, you might as well just give them your mobile number and be done with it?