rickjt62 20:29 04 Jun 2007


I'm travelling in the US and would like to keep in touch via computer with home, both aurally and visually

At home, I run Windows XP - my laptop is a Packard Bell Easynote R4622

What would be the best system to enable me to do this and what programs would I need to access to enable it


  Z1100 23:25 04 Jun 2007

I use click here you can get a free softphone with a non-geographical number, your friends and family can too.

There is NO CHARGE, nothing for calls to other VoIP phones with the exception of Skype and Vonage. They (Skype and Vonage) charge for calls that originate outside their network so everyone pays to call them from outside their network.

You however can call home, have an answer phone
Voipfone in fact ALL this for free...

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I run my business with this lot except I have a hard wire phone.


  oldbeefer2 09:26 06 Jun 2007

I've been using Sightspeed for a year or so. It's a free download - all you need then is a webcam (mini ones suitable for a laptop are available) and, ideally, a headset. The person you contact will need similar kit and Sightspeed. Other people prefer Skype (also free) - the choice is yours! Try both and see which you prefer.

  rickjt62 21:03 06 Jun 2007

Thanks for the advice

I initially planned on getting two Logitech Quickcam Fusion webcams

However, my laptop has an Intel Celeron M360 1.4 Ghz processor and I am unsure whether this would be compatible with the Logitech products

Does anyone know suitable webcams for my processor?

Thanks again

  oldbeefer2 08:44 07 Jun 2007

If no-one comes up with a definative answer, this click here may help.

  rickjt62 08:53 07 Jun 2007

Many thanks ob2

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