Thank you so much, everyone, for your posts -they are really helpful!!
It was especially useful to know the details about the internet connection I’ll need (thank you ceevee369!), etc when I come to Taipei so I’ll know what to request. I’m afraid I’m a bit of a ditz in that area and don’t really understand things like bandwith, etc - in Auckland, we seem to have 2 options: dial-up or broadband (we’re on the latter) so we never went into the details. I do know that our plan allows us 3GB per month but that’s all I know about it.
(also - what does PDA mean?)
About Skype Mobile - I looked it up on the Skype website and I’m not sure I understand it. It seemed to suggest that you can receive calls from everywhere but you can only make calls from your mobile (through Skype) if you’re in Brazil, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Poland, Sweden and UK?
So if I’m in Taiwan and my husband is in the States - does this mean that I can call him using Skype from my computer at home - either on his computer or on his mobile. But if I’m out & about, I can’t call him from my mobile using Skype…I can only wait until I go home to do it from my computer?
(and similarly for him?)
Brett - thanks for the suggestion about Skype Out - I have tried that already here, using Skype on my computer to call my parents’ landline in Dubai (who don’t know how to use Skype) - but I find the quality very poor and so usually give up and just revert to normal calls!
Anyway, hopefully, as my husband will also have Skype on his computer, we won’t need to go through landlines.
Hey Indianna - do you live in Dubai? Small world! I grew up there and my parents still live there. It’s interesting that you say you use Skype cause I’ve been trying to get my parents onto it for ages (calls to the UAE on landlines cost almost $1 a minute! And you know Chinese mothers, they NEVER stop talking…) - anyway, my mother always told me that Skype is banned in Dubai and that’s why she can’t use it. But obviously you managed it!
Thank you again everyone - I really appreciate it