I make international calls daily on Skype for my work. Because I freelance, I pay the Skype bill, and would like to check out free alternatives. Is there something reliable out there? The catch is I also have to be able to record each call. (Occasionally I'm able to call someone directly on Skype, but most of the time, I'm calling a mobile or land line). If there's a good alternative out there, I might use it for domestic work calls in the U.S. too. I could use either an iPhone app or my laptop.
posted by three_red_balloons
on Sep 7, 2014 -
My friend is unable to attend a close friend's wedding, and the bride to be wants to skype with her on the morning of the wedding. Any suggestions for something nice to send/do for the bride that would be fun for the skype? I was thinking maybe they could have tea at the same time, but maybe other people have suggestions. (Wedding gift is already sent.)
posted by tangaroo
on Jul 7, 2014 -
As part of my doctoral research, I will be conducting interviews with Skype for transcription and analysis. I've heard good things about Audio Hijack Pro
as a tool to record audio from Skype -- both from online reviews and from faculty mentors. I've installed the latest version of Skype on my MacBook Air and am currently using the trial version of Audio Hijack Pro (I expect to pay for the full version if I can get the demo working). It works, BUT, I am consistently hearing a horrible echo and feedback when I am hijacking the audio on my Skype test calls. Help! (help...help...help...) [more inside]
posted by pantarei70
on Jun 11, 2014 -
I have a phone screen later this morning. The recruiter just emailed me "I thought to make you aware he has a slight stutter however he is still perfectly understandable." My understanding is that stuttering has in part something to do with confidence and comfort. How can help the candidate here? [more inside]
posted by colin_l
on Mar 28, 2014 -
My Dungeons & Dragons group has one player who skypes in. What kind of tabletop microphone should we buy? [more inside]
posted by hayvac
on Feb 3, 2014 -
Skype used to have local numbers you could call in Canada - does anyone know where to find a listing of them? [more inside]
posted by miles1972
on Feb 1, 2014 -
Looking for an app that provides the absolute best VoIP sound quality for calls from outside the US to the US. I don't mind paying. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by 3491again
on Jan 26, 2014 -
I'm getting tired of Skype constantly resetting my phone while video chatting [more inside]
posted by Ryogen
on Dec 25, 2013 -
I look very ugly in webcam, but I have a Skype interview tomorrow.
I'm frustrated. Id rather go to a face to face interview. At least I look normal in mirror.
Can anyone give any practical advice for Skype interview? How can I look better instead of like a criminal?
Thanks. [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon
on Oct 27, 2013 -
I need to purchase and configure a computer for my 95-year old grandmother so she can make Skype calls to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She lives in another state, so hands on assistance is not possible. My 70-year old mother is going to set things up for me; I just need to get the hardware and configure the software. [more inside]
posted by medarby
on Aug 27, 2013 -
My daughter's on the other side of the ocean for a little while, but we keep up with daily video chats. We talk, goof around, make faces, play with puppets, but I sometimes wish I had more ideas to keep her entertained. Can you think of any other fun things we could do? [more inside]
posted by muckster
on Aug 21, 2013 -
I am interested in meeting people that like learning and value their education. I have come across a forum that I like a lot: PhysicsForum. I also like coursera, udacity and edX communities but, unfortunately, there are seldom meetups in my country. I would like to make some "geek" skype friends to know how the education is on other countries and exchange some ideas.
posted by tsuwal
on Aug 19, 2013 -
I'm in a new relationship, long distance. We skype almost daily. Often, mid-convo, I can tell his attention is on something else. Turns out he's flipping through Reddit. This makes me feel hurt, b/c he's not listening to me. When I suggest we end the convo and talk the next day, he says, "No, no! I'm done! I'm done!" Then I feel like a nagging mom, policing his behavior. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic
on May 24, 2013 -
Our organization is growing, and we need to improve our video conferencing capabilities. The usual setup is a 'home base' room with 5-10 people in it. That room is about 20' x 20' or so, and it has speakers built into it. The other folks calling into the meeting are usually solo workers, on their own computers, wearing headsets.
The people in the 'home base' room can hear the people calling in, with fairly good audio quality. However, the other users have a very hard time hearing the people gathered in the main room. That microphone situation needs to be improved.
Right now there is one Jabra USB Speakerphone - this model,
We use GoToMeeting and Skype. What are the options for improving the audio quality coming *from* the main room? Can we daisy chain those speakerphones together? Is there a better speakerphone model which can be daisy chained to have multiple bases around the room? Do the connected mics figure out which one to use or does it cause distortion or delay? Is there another model that is significantly better that doesn't have to be hardwired? Any other suggestions? [more inside]
posted by barnone
on May 21, 2013 -
I'm looking for an older version with the search function of Skype users.
I'm not sure what was the latest version with this function,but it seems no longer available to download it at this site.
Please help me with getting it. I really need the older one!
posted by mizukko
on May 15, 2013 -
I have a Skype interview tomorrow. In logging on to Skype to test it out, I was asked by my new Windows 8 laptop to merge the Microsoft and Skype accounts. Does my account name change now? I need to know what to tell the interviewers who are asking me, now, to email it to them! Plus I have some other questions about Skype as run through a Windows 8 app. [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla
on Apr 23, 2013 -
Currently in Asia and want to call US cheap. What options besides Skype do I have? Not a big fan of sim cards as they are hard to find here. [more inside]
posted by pakora1
on Mar 25, 2013 -
If I buy an external computer cam and mic, can I make video calls on Skype on a MacBook Pro when it's closed and connected to an old Cinema Display monitor that has no built-in camera? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh
on Mar 16, 2013 -
Company wants to group skype, and everything is working great Except the main conference room, which is about 8x bigger than the others. [more inside]
posted by one4themoment
on Mar 13, 2013 -
I've spent hours trying to get the Canon HV40 to work over firewire to Skype! ANY help is greatly appreciated.... [more inside]
posted by lattiboy
on Mar 7, 2013 -
I have an extreme aversion to video chatting. I'm not looking to AskMeFi to fix that. I'm just looking for help in: 1. setting my iPhone 4 so I'm not invitable to FaceTime (it's too easy to accidentally hit the "accept/answer" button), optimally while maintaining the ability to invite others (in case of some sort of emergency need), and 2. figuring out how to make audio-only Skype calls (incoming and outgoing) using my iPhone's SKype or Skype-WI-FI app. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover
on Feb 25, 2013 -
People I talk to on Skype claim to hear static coming from my end. I ran a test in Audacity and I could hear the static as well. The microphone I'm using is an MXL 990 and I'm using and Icicle Preamp (This thing
) to connect the mic to my laptop through USB. I'm copying over any and all specs that would help. Here is the link
I've tried disabling my internal mic and that didn't work. Before I got this laptop, I was using a laptop that had XP on it and it worked fine. I did spray febreeze in the room and on the mic so that everything would smell nice (I was trying to clean up the room). I tried using both my internal mic and another USB one and they worked fine. I also tried using a different USB cord to hook up my mic to my laptop and I was told there was static.
What should I do? I've been having this problem for a while now and it's starting to get on my nerves. Thanks in advanced.
posted by Flamzeron
on Feb 21, 2013 -
I would like to know which program is a really good one to record Skype calls. I have tried some but not sure which one to purchase. Maybe you could recommend a free one.
posted by VincentLee
on Feb 15, 2013 -
I'm interested in making a new podcast/audio interview series for the web. What's the best way to integrate quality phone interview audio into my series, either using my existing podcasting equipment or with new equipment? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid
on Jan 20, 2013 -
I can't figure out whether it's possible to force Skype to use available wifi signals, rather than my data allowance, on my unlocked Nexus 4. I'm using a T-Mobile no-contract sim, and I can see why the carriers would like to discourage this, but since the phone's unlocked (bought directly from Google) I'm thinking it must be possible. Is it?
posted by oliverburkeman
on Jan 19, 2013 -
I'm a college student who is having some issues really understanding Calculus II, which is a problem as A) I am a Comp Sci major, and B) I need to take Calc III as well, and an advanced math elective as well. I've not heard good things about the school provided tutors, (IE, one is not too skilled at math, and the other is really smug and poor pedagogically) and while I could get a private tutor to help me, I was wondering if there are any good resources for online math tutors, like there are for online language tutoring over Skype. Does a directory of such tutors exist, has anyone had a good experience doing this (maybe even with names?), and how much can I expect to pay? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim
on Jan 14, 2013 -
Asking for a friend: I'm traveling in Hong Kong, near Causeway Bay, for the next few days, and I need to find a place where I can Skype/videoconference with a few people in New York during regular business hours -- meaning, 11pm - midnight, Hong Kong time. [more inside]
posted by nemutdero
on Jan 9, 2013 -
What technology and software I should look at inorder to be able to record interviews on Skype on to my hard disk (MacBook Pro) and then be able to manipulate the recording easily in order to type out a transcript? Or, preferably , find reliable speech recognition software that will automatically produce a written transcript I can enter into my word processing program (Open Office.) ? I'm willing to change up software and able to spend no more than $100 to make this work. Is it possible?
posted by NorthCoastCafe
on Dec 18, 2012 -
Please recommend multi-player online-adaptable games that are not MMORPGs. [more inside]
posted by bq
on Sep 10, 2012 -
Moving to Germany next year, how best to stay in touch with everyone back in the US? [more inside]
posted by photo guy
on Aug 1, 2012 -
(Asking for a friend.) I need to find some sort of software that lets you both record yourself through a webcam (showing the image live in a window on the screen) and (not simultaneously) play a pre-recorded video in the same screen. Ideally it would have very minimalist buttons, or configurable buttons/toolbar. [more inside]
posted by lollusc
on Jul 31, 2012 -
A couple of times when I've used Skype on my iPad, my picture has changed for no apparent reason, with the camera appearing to pan up. Why? [more inside]
posted by jlibera
on Jul 24, 2012 -
Need a recommendation for a Skype recorder for Windows 7. PowerGrammo seems to no longer be supported, Pamela is buggy as hell, and the free MP3 recorder for Skype cuts out. Details inside [more inside]
posted by arniec
on Jun 9, 2012 -
I'm a recent MLIS grad who just scored an interview with a municipal information management office. Unfortunately, the job is 4 hours away and Greyhound can't get me there for a face to face interview before mid afternoon. I plan to ask about interview slots in the late afternoon, but would it be unreasonable to ask about a skype interview if none are available? Other suggestions are also very welcome.
posted by peppermind
on May 1, 2012 -
What is the best call recorder for Skype for Windows Vista and Windows 7? Preferably free, but call quality is paramount (including having local side recorded on a separate channel from the remote side) and ease of use. [more inside]
posted by arniec
on Apr 16, 2012 -
I have this budding (temporarily) long distance relationship where we put a lot of burden on phone calls (and IM and e-mail). Due to numerous factors I will give detail about in the extended, I am looking for cheap short term alternatives to cut down on costs for long distance and would appreciate some advice. [more inside]
posted by kalessin
on Apr 3, 2012 -
What fun things can I do over Skype to maintain a relationship with my nephew between visits? He's 2 years old right now, but I'm also interested in things he might enjoy as he gets older. [more inside]
posted by embrangled
on Mar 11, 2012 -
I have Skype on my computer, want to have the program on an external hard drive, too. Is it as simple as finding the (24 MB) file on my computer, creating a folder on the external drive and copying the file into the new folder?! Big thanks for your help.
posted by ambient2
on Jan 24, 2012 -