I produce a podcast with guests chatting comedically in two locations. Skype and Google Hangouts mute one side's mic while the other side is talking, which really messes with people trying to interject jokes. Are there any (relatively simple) VOIP solutions that allow crosstalk and interruptions? (Audio consistency is much more important than audio quality, and we'd like to still have video.)
We have okay Skype calls one-to-one between our offices, but as soon as we add multiple participants at the other end, it becomes static hell. The prices for conference phones are out of our budget, so we need something under US$200 that we can plug into one person's laptop to share in a meeting room for 4-5 people on a Skype call. Please recommend something reliable and easy to use. [more inside]
I have been tasked to "Put Jane and John on our conference room screen and put all of us on their laptop screens" to turn a regular teleconference meeting into a videoconference meeting. The problem is not Jane or John: They are in quiet remote offices with laptops and Skype accounts (or any other videoconferencing accounts you may suggest). The problem is us: Thirty colleagues, backs pressed against the walls, in a long, narrow, noisy conference room built for twenty, with no room to place cameras that will capture more than a few of us. [more inside]
Alternatives to Skype for video teleconferencing -- bummed out by crappy audio quality. [more inside]
I use call forwarding, Skype-to-go, and Skype online numbers extensively. Recently they changed their cost scheme. What can I use to replace it? [more inside]
Moving to Germany next year, how best to stay in touch with everyone back in the US? [more inside]
What is the best US/China video chat option? [more inside]
Is there any VOIP or other audio-chat-over-the-internet software that doesn't massively compress the audio and flatten quiet moments into complete silence? [more inside]
My T-Mobile contract expires in a couple months, and I'm considering ditching smartphones entirely and getting a tablet, instead. Anyone have any experience with this? Especially VoIP experience. [more inside]
Is there anyway to use an existing phone with Skype and a wireless router without a PC? [more inside]
Another ditch-the-cell-phone-bill/Google Voice question: Google Voice made me give them my cell phone number (800-OLD-CELL) when I signed up, and then assigned me a new number (800-GGL-VOIC). However, I don't have calls forwarded from the Google Voice number to my actual cell phone - Instead, everything goes to voicemail. What happens if I cancel my old cell phone number? [more inside]
My work is providing me a Blackberry with voice plan that I'm expected to carry during waking hours and I don't want to carry multiple phones or maintain my $50+/month plan; I'm trying to figure out the best way to merge the two. Oh, and one other catch- I'd like to set up Google Voice for work and would really like to use the additional features that come with getting a Google Voice phone number. [more inside]
Recommendations for a great Mac-compatible phone headset or earpiece? [more inside]
Hi, I will be living in Mumbai for 11 weeks next summer. I have an unlocked iPhone 3G. What is my best bet in terms of carrier and plan for the cheapest and most reliable data access? I plan to do local calls over the cell phone voice network and international calls via Skype on the iPhone. Thanks in advance!
Is a SkypeOut the "best" solution to call back to the U.S. while travelling through Russia? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a cheap smartphone that can make Skype calls over Wi-Fi? [more inside]
Tips for D&D via Skype (especially audio tips?) [more inside]
Can anyone recommend an open-source-protocol-based just-for-home-use VOIP provider & software? I'm pretty sure I don't want Skype, pretty sure I don't want Yahoo Messenger - security issues, not knowing what's really going on with these packages once they're installed, plus the license/privacy/etc. agreements are long and pretty bad. [more inside]
Important Skype Issue! I primarily use Skype for voicemails, however I am getting lots of complaints that Skype's line is busy. Every time I open Skype the preferences are set to only allow calls from people in my contact list. I keep setting them to allow calls from anyone and they keep going back to only accepting calls from people in my contacts list. [more inside]
Can I set up a temporary call-center with ten different lines using Skype? Or is there another VOIP solution that would cost less than installing new lines? [more inside]
VOiP-phones-for-Macs-filter: Please tell me which USB VOiP phones you're using or have tried with your Mac, as the one I have is trash. [more inside]
VOIPeurs, I need a SIP of your wisdom... [more inside]
Does anyone have any experience or can recommend a live call answering service? Scads of details inside. [more inside]
What's the best way to make calls from Israel to North America, and to let others from North America call me at little or no expense? [more inside]
Is there a good (and cheap) way to maintain phone communication between US and European cell phones using VoIP or other services, so that neither party needs to make international phone calls? [more inside]
Does Skype "smooth" your voice to make it sound mellower, more seductive etc.? That's my impression; but is there any evidence to support it? I suppose an analogous means of customer retention might be the use in shops of "slimming mirrors".
How exactly do VoIP services place calls to POTS lines? [more inside]
Lady / Don't cha know we love ya? Sweet lady / Dear mama / Place no one above ya, sweet lady / You are appreciated / Don't cha know we love ya?
What's the best way for a tech-impaired, budget-conscious mom in the US to talk to her son while he's living in Indonesia? [more inside]
How the $%&# can I get DTMF tones to work with Skype?? [more inside]
We've decided to get rid of our landline and go with a softphone. The question is: which to choose? We have cable internet. We'd need call in (our own phone number) and call out (ability to call landlines from our PC). For the most part, we'd be talking to people with landlines. I know we can't dial 911 with these-- we have an old cell phone (no more minutes left, but kept charged up) for this purpose. What's better? Skype? Gizmo? Yahoo? Or something else? We know that USB handsets are available with Skype-- what about the others? Also, how would this work with a home network? Are we restricted to calling from one PC or can we do it from any PC in the house?
I'm wondering if anyone has experiences using Skype with either a regular phone with an adapter, or with a skype-enabled phone? Any preferences? What works best?
What's the best (and cheapest) way to record a Skype conversation?
SkypeOut. Just took a credit for 10 $, but the sound quality is markedly worse than the skype-to-skype calls, and also worse than the normal phone. Also, there seems to be a delay in the conversation, which makes it useless for, say, business calls. Any ideas how to remedy this? Or will we have to wait for Skype 0.2? [more inside]
VoIP Filter: I'd like to use an Internet phone system to call my wife in Japan. I've heard good things about Skype, but their horrid billing system won't allow me to buy credit. Can you kind folks recommend competitors to the system? I'd like just a cheap Windows client that I can call regular mobile and home phones with.
I have a webcam and want to do video chat... Is MSN my only alternative? I've been VERY impressed with the quality of the VOIP calls I can make using Skype; is there something similiar for video conferencing with a webcam?
Free internet telephony? (More inside) [more inside]