Okay. I’m a believer. Skype is one of the best things since sliced bread!
Skype is my Friend!
I didn’t have too much prior knowledge of Skype, outside of knowing that Oprah always has her guests “Skyping in” from random locations. I guess even Oprah has to save money in this economy. But anyway…
I decided to try it when my husband deployed after hearing about it in a Military Spouses Briefing about the upcoming deployment.
I went out and bought a webcam (with a coupon of course) for my husband’s computer and tested it out to make sure it worked. Dear hubby went to one part of the house and I went to another. It worked well and the best thing about it is that it’s free!
Let me back up for those of you that might be a little confused and not know much about Skype.
Skype is a program that you can download to your computer that allows you to have free video conferences with other Skype users. All you need is a webcam and you are good to go!
You can also use Skype to make long distance calls for a fee.
This program is invaluable for military families, or for persons that have family members that are far away. Since my husband has been gone, we have had three “Skype dates” and it has really helped me to feel better about the involuntary separation.
Talking on the phone is one thing. Talking AND seeing him is absolutely wonderful!
Now I will admit that there are occasional issues with the connection dropping and the video freezing, but the benefits definitely outweigh these minor issues.
On Monday’s post, I talked about wanting to be with my husband on his birthday. After I wrote that post, I decided to get a little creative. I knew that we would be having a Skype date, so I decided to decorate the background like a party. I figured we could have a virtual celebration.
My husband loved his “surprise Skype birthday party”! I wasn’t sure whether he would like it or not, but I could tell he was pleased because he had a big cheesy grin on his face the whole conversation.
Even if your spouse isn’t deployed, you can use Skype for chatting with friends that live all around the world.
Two thumbs up for Skype!