Skype, Gizmo, etc

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  1. I opted for a SkypeIn number when I was in Bangkok last month, as my previous visit had cost me a fortune from people calling me on my mobile phone. In practice I didn’t get many calls, but it was a handy way of picking up voicemail and seems to work ok. For making calls I bought an Ipevo handset (this one) for making calls and it’s pretty good – and works flawlessly with my PowerBook. The call quality really depended upon the network I was on (free WiFi in hotel lobby bad, costly wired ethernet in hotel room ok), and the time of day or weather (it would seem), but mostly wasn’t worse than an intercontinental mobile roaming call.

  2. I’ve been trying to use Skype [-Out, -In, -Up, -Along,] with my brother in South Africa and either he gets delays that would make a Huston Capcom break a sweat, or I do. Makes for interesting non sequiturs though. [works fine between here and Tadcaster, but then so does the phone] Overall not too impressed – but then I might not have pressed the right buttons.

  3. Further to this, I was just informed that the Skype Beta with Video for Mac OS X is available. I haven’t tried it, but a colleague has, with some success.

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