Skype, is a Voice-over Internet Protocol program, or VoIP,  which allows you to speak over the Internet rather than just typing something in an email.  Using a computer and the Skype software, you can make free long-distance and international Skype-to-Skype calls to other computers connected to the Internet running the Skype software.  The other great thing about Skype is that you and your friends/family can connect a video camera to your respective computers and you can video chat.  The software also allows you to make local, long distance and international calls to landlines and cell phones for dirt cheap prices.  In fact, there are many people who are using VoIP software programs like Skype and Vonage, in lieu of landlines.

So this holiday season, if you are looking for a cheap and practical gift for your loved one that doesn’t live a car ride away, send them a computer video cam and tell them about Skype.  Free to download and easy to use; what better than the gift of connectivity with your loved ones.

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