Emma and I have been trying to figure out an easy and cheap way to stay in touch (other than email) with all of our family members and friends while we are in Mexico. I was introduced to and used Skype for the first time this past Spring quarter in my Goetechnical Engineering Lab. We used Skype to video chat with a Civil Engineer in Japan. Skype allows you to Instant Message (IM), make free calls, and make free video calls to other Skype members no matter where you or they are.
We recently downloaded Skype and purchased a $40 webcam and gave it a shot. We have talked to our friend Paul who is in England through video call twice and it works well. The only problem that we have found is that if you have a slower/older computer and/or slow internet the video quality you transmit from your webcam will be choppy. In other words, the person on the other side will see a very slow and choppy video. Paul has a new Mac Laptop so the video he was transmitting was amazing, making the video we saw of him perfect.
We will be able to communicate for free with anyone who has skype while we are in Mexico. If you have a webcam you can make free video calls to us anytime you are connected to the internet. If you don't have a webcam or cant purchase one you can use a headset or microphone to make free calls anytime you are connected to the internet. Emma and I plan to post a calender on our blog with days and times that we will be available for free calls through Skype. We will also be posting a calender for regular phone calls for those who wont have access to Skype.
We hope that as many of you as possible can download Skype, create an acount, and try it out so we can hear and hopefully see each other while we are in Mexico. We currently have an account with skype with the screen name jose.emma.mederos. Search our screen name in the directory and give us a ring!
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