Skype: video calls for free

Since I cancelled my cell phone coverage by AT&T, I’ve enjoyed using different apps and services to communicate with my friends & family. One of my favorites is Skype!


First off, I almost always Skype exclusively with my parents.

If I’ve planned the call ahead of time, I will email to set up a time.

Typically, tho, I call my mom on her home phone line, using my Talkatone app & Google Voice number. If I catch her at home, I ask Mom if she & Dad want to Skype. And we switch over to a Skype video call. They sit at their computer & I use my phone.


It’s cumbersome to call & then call back, but it’s not too cumbersome.

Sometimes the audio quality isn’t that great. It depends on the Internet connection.

I love including Phoebe in Skype calls. She gets to interact with her grandparents SO much, even though they’re on the other side of the country. And video calls help her communicate without having a big vocabulary.

It’s free.

It’s easy.

It’s more enriching to communicate via video than just on a phone. I come away feeling like I actually spent time with my folks!

Skype vs regular cell calls is an easy win for Skype, in my book!

I should try to Skype with a cell phone off wifi to see how that goes, as well.

^_^ Erin

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3 Responses to Skype: video calls for free

  1. Randy May 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    Do you think you would use it with your xbox if you had a kinect?

    • ekwetzel May 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

      I don’t know. It’s so easy to use my phone, plus my phone is portable. And we don’t own a kinect. Have you tried Skype via kinect??

  2. Randy May 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    I have not. Everyone is pretty close so no real need.