I have also found Skype to be ideal for my phone calls to friends in Australia; New Zealand and Germany. I initially paid out 10.00 Euros in advance for "Skype Out" (Computer to Phone)and that was about a year ago, I still have about 1.90 Euros in hand and am on the phone constantly. I think it works out at just over 1.1 pence (Sterling) per minute. It is actually free from computer to computer and you can't get better than that! Sadly a lot of my other friends abroad can't be bothered and it costs them a good deal more to phone anywhere. ..Bingalau..