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Don't Spend a Dime: The Path to Low-Cost Computing by James Floyd Kelly

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Chapter 14. Internet Phone Calls

I have friends all over the world, and e-mail has been a blessing when it comes to staying in touch with them. Yet, sometimes an e-mail message is just no substitute for picking up the phone and calling someone to say hello.

But then the confusion sets in. What time does my unlimited long-distance service start in the evening? How much does it cost to call Europe during business hours? Is Dan part of my mobile phone network so I can call him for free? Trying to keep up with all the rules, limitations, and costs can drive a person crazy.

To the rescue comes this great little piece of software called Skype, which allows you to talk for free, at any time and anywhere you have Internet access. All you need is a headset, ...

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