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24 September 2007 @ 11:34 am
 
So, it occurs to me that apart from two or three people, I really do NOT talk on the phone. Mostly this is because I'm not a chit-chat type of guy, unless I'm face-to-face with the person to whom I'm speaking. I love my phone and all the nifty things it does, but I just don't really use it enough to justify paying for two cell phones (mine and Dianna's). So, I'm thinking, when the present contract is up, I'm probably going to give up my phone entirely. Di will still have hers, of course, but I think I'm-a look into just getting a really good headset and hooking up Skype or something. Hey, anywhere I can save a few bucks, you know?

Just an embryonic idea at this point, but one that is starting to look good. Anyone use Skype more than occasionally? Got an opinion on this?
 
 
cobie on September 24th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
my experience with skype hasn't been the greatest, to be honest. but then, i used it for work (when i couldn't avoid doing so because, seriously, i hated using it) and to contact our offshore teams in india. like with a whole lot of chat applications, it wants you to build your life around it and, really, it's kind of clunky.
re_animating on September 24th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
I had considered Skype, but decided against it. A friend of mine uses it, and the calls are often dropped. While that may not be a big deal when chatting with a friend, it would really suck if I were to be on with a client. It's also a resource hog on the computer, since you are essentially acting as a server for everyone else's calls on the network.
Kellykwsapphire on September 24th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
I'm not much of a chatter either, except when it comes to Master of course. But I have no land line, so my cell phone *is* my phone. ^_^ It's weird, when I'm chatting online I can think of tons to say, I've chatted for over 24 hours straight in mIRC before. Put me on the phone and my mind goes blank, I have no idea what to talk about. :P
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on September 25th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
I'm the same way, no land line.
Betsedivinemissb on September 25th, 2007 06:54 am (UTC)
I'm a fan of Skype, as you already know =)

It's great if you just want to call other Skype users, but if you want to call a real phone (land or cell) it costs. It also costs to set it up so land/cell lines can call your Skype number. Not sure what the fees are, or what plans are available.

It ties you down to a physical location just like a landline, altho you could make the argument that you could just sign into Skype anywhere there's a computer with a headset and an internet connection.

When Kev, Eric, Sean and I use it for gaming, it's usually pretty stable as long as the host of the conference call has decent bandwidth. Sean's had the most difficulties staying on calls; he's in an apartment complex where cable internet comes with the rent, if I remember correctly, so it's probably a bandwidth issue for him. The rest of us will get dropped occasionally. Skype can be a resource hog, although I haven't noticed resource problems since they did a major patch a few months ago.

I find Ventrilo and Teamspeak really clunky in comparison, myself.
Duchess Webbduchess_webb on September 27th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
I love to talk on the phone or with someone as long as I have the time to do so. I have considered Skype, but we have damn good long distance on our home office phone already, so they only purpose of me having it would be to speak to my friends overseas. That's about it.

That is, if I had time to. LOL
Ms Katvenomous_one on September 30th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)
I'm the same. I only need my landline to actually get our broadband access.

But my mobile? (cell).. *clings* text fiend! I don't usually answer it when it rings though. ONly when it's work. Heh.