I would like plug the merits of Skype, a free internet telephony thingamabob. I have used various voice chat programs over the years - Yahoo, Netmeeting, Net2phone - and this blows them all out of the pond without mercy.

It's very easy, the voice quality is brilliant and it's two-way hands-free. If you have reasonable connections on either side it's indistinguishable from a normal phone call.

You can also purchase credit and call ordinary phones. Calling the states is incredibly cheap. We made a couple of calls to cell phones there, spoke for about an hour altogether and it cost less than one Euro. Try it.

Steve | 16:14 |