Yesterday I showed my parents around our apartment. Last week I saw my whole family, and my husband met my littlest niece, 2 year old Isabella, for the first time. And we didn’t get on an airplane or even leave our place.
Sending my parents the Skype Freetalk Buddycam for Christmas was the best idea EVER.
As Mama Bella and I gazed at each other yesterday, we agreed — the future is here, and it is amazing.
In case you’re new to Skype, allow me to rave for a minute. If you and your friend have both downloaded Skype, you can talk for FREE. If you both have video cameras, you can have video phone calls for FREE.
Compared to the exorbitant international phone bills we’ve managed to accumulate through the years I’ve been away, this is like a godsend.
The Skype BuddyCam has its flaws — picture quality isn’t the best, and as my mom said yesterday, “the little man doesn’t want to stand up!” (LOL! That don’t even sound right) — the camera can be difficult to position. Also, even on Skype calls in the US sometimes calls get dropped or you may lose audio and/or video. That’s just par for the course, and you can redial instantly to continue the phone call. But so far, so great. Despite what they say, my parents aren’t the most technologically savvy folks out there. So the fact that my dad is able to connect this camera and call me is amazing. If my mom is eventually able to figure it out on her own, I’ll be shouting that from the rooftops. For now I’m just willing to settle for small miracles.
If you’re like me and live far away from those you love the most — you need Skype in your life. Click here to learn more about it, and click here to check out the range of cameras available. I think this upcoming Christmas, I’m gonna upgrade my parents to the Logitech Quickcam. That is, once my mom’s managed to figure it out herself.
Do you Skype? What’s been your experience so far? Do you love it?