[plug] Skype - what it is and what it provides

Bret Busby bret at busby.net
Thu Feb 8 17:28:08 WST 2007

The article at 
appears to indicate that, if a person buys one of those web cams that 
comes with Skype, the person still has to pay an ongoing monthly fee to 
be able to use it.

I had understood that, if a person bought one of these webcams that come 
with Skype, the person could then make free calls to someone else who 
had a webcam with Skype, and that this would allow a videophone 
communication, with no costs other than the cost of buying the 
webcam/Skype hardware/software package.

And, I understand that Skype works with Linux, with Windows, and with 
Mac OSX, so that, if I get one of these webcam/Skype setups, I would be 
able to have videophone communications with someone overseas, if the 
other person also has a webcam/Skype setup for the other computer, and 
the OS platform, as long as it is one of these three, should not be a 

Can someone please clarify what is required, and how it works, to use a 
webcam/Skype setup?

I saw a Logitech webcam with Skype, for about $100, that is supposed 
to give 640x480 resolution, at about 30fps, and I was thinking that this 
could be a good way to communicate with people overseas, but I am not 
sure now, whether it would incur ongoing costs.

Thanks in anticipation.

Bret Busby
West Australia

"So once you do know what the question actually is,
  you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
   Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
   "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
   A Trilogy In Four Parts",
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