Skype for your Lola

In the age of the OFW (or OCW as some might prefer), we are seeing the exodus of more and more Filipinos to so many countries on this planet. There is an ever increasing need to stay connected and the internet (directly or indirectly) is stepping up and taking on that challenge. Enter Skype. If you don’t know what Skype is, I’m guessing you’re pretty much as old as my lola (lol!). Seriously, if you haven’t been hiding under a rock somewhere, you would know that Skype is software that runs on your PC that allows you to talk to other people who have this same software. Yes, you read it right — Talk. Where you exercise your vocal chords and not your fingers. It’s all well and good for us geeks where things like registering, logging in and clicking are second nature but what about the less tech savvy. Well I may have just found a solution. Read on if you’re interested. What you’ll need … a sufficiently equipped PC that has Skype installed and running an ordinary phone, even cordless phones work. a Skype gateway device Skype gateway … I’m not going to bore everyone with (1) and (2), so I’ll go directly to (3), the Skype gateway. Voip-info basically describes Skype gateways as “products that allow you to connect non-PC devices to the Skype network”. By non-PC devices, it means your regular telephone. I decided on the USB-B2K. Unfortunately, as far as I know, this device is not available in the Philippines. I could be wrong so post a comment if you know a place that sells this. I, therefore, had to order it online. If you know someone in the US, I think you could ask them to buy it for you and bring it back when they come home for the holidays. I’m sure it’ll be much cheaper. So why the USB-B2k ? it’s the cheapest I could find with the feature set I needed it’s usb powered, no...

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