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#286674 - 25th Jan 2009 5:55pm Skype? Does anyone use it instead of a landline?
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I was wondering if anyone else uses Skype for incoming as well as outgoing calls.
And if so do you use just a handset with your PC (PC needs to be on) or do you have a wifi phone (no PC needed)?
Trying to figure out whether to ditch the landline. Have just got subscription for UK unlimited calls (1.95) and 10 of Pay As You Go (for 0845 numbers etc).
If you use it do you give people your Skype number or your mobile as main number?
Thinking of doing that you see and also the Skype for leaving voicemails if needed. PC is on most of the time when we are here so would make sense to have SKype and if emergency we could use mobile (Skype won't dial 999), or people can contact us on mobile.

Maybe I should do a review of what happens after a month. I've learn a lot about SKype today - never even knew you could have an incoming number.

Anyway - if you've already been there please let me know if its worth it!
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#286700 - 25th Jan 2009 6:37pm Re: Skype? Does anyone use it instead of a landline? [Re: MissGuided]
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All i know about skype is that u can have a handheld skype mobile that u simply top up 10 a month and u get unlimited free calls to other skype users but to other networks u have to use your 10 credit.

Those who have the skype software installed on the pc will be able to contact u through ur skype mobile and also to pc to pcs.

Not really sure if its worth it as a main home line though shrugs

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#286865 - 26th Jan 2009 8:29am Re: Skype? Does anyone use it instead of a landline? [Re: Pomp]
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I have it installed on my laptop.

dont use it alot as i dont have many contacts (just family) I think its very good after all its free.

I dont know anything about the mobiles tho frown

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#286885 - 26th Jan 2009 11:51am Re: Skype? Does anyone use it instead of a landline? [Re: Wheels]
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That's the problem - I have argued with Rick that if this is going to be a seemless change from a landline to skype we will need a WiFi phone - these do not need your PC to be on all the time to receive calls. They connect straight to your broadband through the router and have the skype software built in.

BUT...these handsets start at about 70 - 80. I'm wondering if its gonna work and if its worth risking spening that much on a handset. I guess there's always ebay if it doesn't work out. Might even look for a phone on there (but even on there they aren't cheap).
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#298923 - 9th Mar 2009 2:34pm Re: Skype? Does anyone use it instead of a landline? [Re: MissGuided]
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hi does any body know how i can connect my phone line but not bt or virgin

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#298957 - 9th Mar 2009 3:07pm Re: Skype? Does anyone use it instead of a landline? [Re: alfietuppa]
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erm, i don't think you really have any other options. All the telephone infastruction etc belong to bt and the cable must belong to virgin.
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#298960 - 9th Mar 2009 3:11pm Re: Skype? Does anyone use it instead of a landline? [Re: AX_125]
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Skype is totally different from your landlines.

Skype is a 100% VOIP solution and uses a softswitch solution rather than one of the PBX BT System X switches.
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#298963 - 9th Mar 2009 3:20pm Re: Skype? Does anyone use it instead of a landline? [Re: StuyMac]
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I'm on it and its working so far as I got a proper handset - a wireless one - though not a wifi one - so PC has to stay on to use it.
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#299005 - 9th Mar 2009 5:00pm Re: Skype? Does anyone use it instead of a landline? [Re: MissGuided]
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wow skype!

Had loads of fun with that when it 1st came out laugh

Used to just use our pc with a hi frequency car microphone and the amplifier connected to the pc.

Had another pc running in the background with soundboards of arnold swartznigger, jack black, jim carrey etc which was hooked to the skype pc audio input.

Used to wind other skype users up, it was fooking hilairious raftl
They were the days laugh
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#299115 - 9th Mar 2009 8:30pm Re: Skype? Does anyone use it instead of a landline? [Re: _Ste_]
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I have it installed and use it now and then, but still prefer the landline

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#299179 - 9th Mar 2009 9:32pm Re: Skype? Does anyone use it instead of a landline? [Re: Tony_1985]
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I used to use it about a year ago I found that it slowed down my pc lots

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#299417 - 10th Mar 2009 12:42pm Re: Skype? Does anyone use it instead of a landline? [Re: Pete_Robbo]
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Originally Posted By: _Ste_
wow skype!

Had loads of fun with that when it 1st came out laugh

Used to just use our pc with a hi frequency car microphone and the amplifier connected to the pc.

Had another pc running in the background with soundboards of arnold swartznigger, jack black, jim carrey etc which was hooked to the skype pc audio input.

Used to wind other skype users up, it was fooking hilairious raftl
They were the days laugh



withthat they were the days raftl

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