Moms, Technology, and the Many Features of Skype

I’ve talked about how much I love Skype as a great way to connect with out of state family. Video chat is free to talk to anyone in the world. It’s also much more personal than a phone call. Have you ever tried to get a 2 year old to talk to Grandma on the phone? It doesn’t work very well, but chatting with Skype video is interactive in a way that all ages can relate to. My kids can actually show Grandpa their favorite new book or demonstrate their new karate move. When you have family that lives far away, that’s huge. 

I now enjoy regular Sunday afternoon Skype video chats with my mom, who lives in Texas.

Up until recently, I didn’t realize how many neat features Skype has, beyond the basic free video chat. Yes, there’s even more!

Skype has calling features, including Skype to phone and Skype to mobile. Simply put, you can use Skype to call someone’s home or cellphone. This is great if the person you’re calling doesn’t have video access or maybe you simply don’t want to do video chat (we all have bad hair days!) All you need is a microphone (via your phone or your computer) and internet service. You can pay as you go with Skype Credit or choose a monthly subscription. The monthly subscription is a prepay plan where you pick the options (which countries you want to include.) It’s just $2.99 a month for unlimited calls to the US and Canada!

I don’t have any friends or family outside of the US or Canada right now, but a few years ago, a friend lived in Great Britain. We would have been saved a lot of hassle and money, not to mention how much more often we would have connected, had Skype to phone been available back then. It just goes to show how much advancement has been made in technology in just a few short years!

I use Skype to mobile with my husband sometimes and I’m always impressed that the sound volume is so loud and clear. It’s actually louder than normal cell to cell because they amplify the sound so well.

I’m really enjoying Skype instant messaging too. It’s free and an easy way to connect. It’s just like any other instant messaging, only it doesn’t close when you exit out of your internet browser and it can stay up running in the background. I love connecting with my blogging friends this way. It’s also great for chatting on my phone too. If you have a smart phone, you should definitely check out the free app. You can have all the features of Skype right on your phone, wherever you go. If I’m at the store and need a friend’s advice on what shirt to buy, I now have the option to ask them via instant message or even a quick video chat so they can actually see what I’m talking about. How awesome is that?

Technology is becoming more advanced everyday and in my opinion, Skype is one of the front-runners in connecting people and bringing them closer together in easier and better ways all the time. Us moms can join in right along with them. This infographic showing how moms are using Skype technology is pretty neat.

I think the Skype service I’m most excited about is Group Video Calling. With this, we can connect multiple family members at the same time and chat face to face! We’re going to set up a group video chat with Nate’s family soon and I’ll be posting about that next month.

Have you tried any of the additional Skype features? What’s your opinion?

 

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Skype. I received Skype credits to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Erika
About the Author

Erika, the founder of Musings From a SAHM, is happily married with four energetic children. She lives in New Hampshire and has a passion for encouraging other moms, photography, and Jesus. She also enjoys baking, spending time with friends, and attempting to keep her home organized.

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  1. Mickey Coutts
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    I love Skype too. I’ve been playing around with some of these features this week and having so much fun.

    I’m excited about our Group Skype soon too! :)
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  2. i haven’t used skype much but am hoping to video skype with my friend who moved to ireland 2 years ago. i miss her- at least i can “see” her!
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  3. Sandy VanHoey
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    I personally haven’t used skype but I have seen my daughter and grandson use it talking to my Grandsons PaPa. It is super neat to be able to see each other and talk when you just aren’t that close to visit.

  4. Bless you mom for doing that!
    We Skype all the time! My son was in Iraq and it’s amazing to see how far technology has come. When you think about the soldiers off in Korea or Viet Nam… they only had letters that were hit or miss. We’re very lucky to have Skype!
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  5. Tiffany Cruz
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    I can’t wait to start skyping. I’m just about all set up. Seems exciting.
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  6. I have not used Skype. Thanks for the information though. It sounds wonderful!

  7. We use Skype a lot…mostly b/c my inlaws live in another state and it allows them to see our kids!
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  8. Thank you for the great post! I have heard of Skype but have never used it. I just found your site today and am your newest subscriber and Pinterest follower! :)

  9. Debbie Welchert says:

    I’ve never tried Skype yet. It sounds like so much fun and to actually see the person I am talking to is just great. Skype will be coming to my house soon.

  10. We love Skype! When my husband was on a mission trip in Sudan, we were able to see him via Skype and chat which made a huge difference for my children. My brother and sister in law live in Costa Rica, it is great to use Skype to keep in contact!
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  11. Kelly
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    I haven’t tried Skype yet but, the more that I hear about it the more I want to try it. Great post.
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  12. Sue H.
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    I’ve never used Skype but I hope to be able to afford it in the next yr or so. My daughter says it works real good and it’s the next best thing to actually being with the person. I’m glad a lot of Military families use this.

  13. I love this review! I really don’t use Skype too often for personal things (I used to use it for work), but with my partner living far away at the moment, we Skyped for the first time the other day!

  14. Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith)
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    I hear that Skype is a very good product, I’ve never used it or seen it myself, but I have some friends that says it great. Thanks for the review.

  15. Naina John
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    I also love skype. If you wanna hangout with large group then google+ hangout feature is best.

  16. Seyma Shabbir says:

    We love skype, not only do we use it to chat with family overseas but also friends and family in the US. instead of just calling them we can see them and chat online. The kids love it and the fact that you can see and chat is just fantastic. I have used the group calling feature and it is also great. A bit slower depending on where everyone is but its great especially when all the people are family!

  17. Tim Stephens
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    I like to play some of the games that are tied in with skype while I talk to my friend on the NATO base in the Netherlands… we also sometimes pass files through skype while we’re chatting too… he uses the skype to phone feature… so I can call him on skype and get him on his cell phone… and Microsoft bought skype so I’m pretty sure it will be apart of xbox live soon… so if you have an xbox with the kinect you’ll be able to skype right on your tv and call with voice activation… wow I love the future…

  18. susan hartman says:

    My daughter just recently used Skype for the first time. She and her college roommate and their families all had a chat. Texas talking to New Jersey. Now she’s trying to hunt down all that she lost touch with. She loves it.

  19. Mormon Media Reviews
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    My boys use Skype to chat with friends that have moved away. It is so fun to watch them chat.
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  20. Marla B
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    My sister-in-law invited me to use Skype with her, however, I have not used it yet. And that coming from an IT person!

  21. Keara B. says:

    I love Skype! I was a little intimidated to use it at first, but it’s so easy and so nice to keep in touch with family members who also want to see the little ones. :) But I definitely didin’t know all the features of Skype until I read this post, so thanks!

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