[quote=“Nam”]Though I realise that this post is more or less about web to phone service, I’d suggest that it would be cheaper in the long run to by a headset for each of your friends with a computer than to use said services.
You’re already paying for the internet…why pay twice?
I believe AOL and Apple have something in that direction already, and that there are more of the kind on the way.( for the iChatAV)
I’d say that one would be better off supplying a headset to those with whom one wishes to speak to back home(assuming that most have internet access) as it would be MUCH cheaper in the end.
I’m at a loss every time I think about how much I’ve saved by vid conferencing with my family.(my brother has a computer so they call me to see if I’m near the computer and we just “go live” for the rest.
I think that you should keep your eyes open towards the fourth quarter of this year for more software which brings PC and Mac users closer.[/quote]
Our immediate family back home has broadband connections and have been thrilled with even the low quality video that Yahoo messenger provides. Nothing like watching baby play while you chat.
Unfortunately no one in our family uses a comparable computer set-up which seems to make video conferencing impossible. My family is using old macs running OS9, my wife’s use off the shelf PC’s which they always seem to have trouble with, and we use OSX. As well, I talk to people a lot in Thailand and no one has broadband there. I was mighty thrilled when iChat was introduced, even bought an iSight camera, bought the reality is I have no one who it can talk to.