Sunday, May 25, 2008

International Calling



I just received my first call from Denmark and the clarity on my end was great. They didn't think I sounded very clear but considering I'm using a cell phone with only 2 bars, Not Bad.

I called them earlier using my Vonage service and the clarity was better on both sides. With Vonage (no setup is needed) just call the number. 7 cents per minute without any plan isn't terrible.

Next time I'm trying Skype. I think it's only 2 cents per minute, but I don't know how much the necessary connection fee costs.

Edit: June 21, 08
This works! It was easy to set up and the calls were very clear. It turned out to be a little over 7 cents per minute so when they called me I called them back on Skype at the 2 cent rate and we never used up the $10 credit Skype gave me to begin with! Wow. It turned out that we now have some friends in Denmark that are very computer literate so we are now using Skype video calling. Free. Does it get any better?

It was inevitable.


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Slowly but Shirley.



I'm moving a bunch of stuff from all over the internets to this here, fancy smanchy, blog.

Everything is out of order for a while. (That's stupid, everything is always out of order.)

At least I didn't say "most everything" a delightful oxymoron.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

FON A great idea.

$5.99 plus shipping can get you a wireless router!


I wasn't very sold on this until I read that some of the investors included my favorite; Google.

I bought one from this Spanish site and set up up at our store. It puts out two wi-fi signals, one is private and encrypted, the other is public. I use the encrypted one all the time and it seems to work well.

The real benefit is free wi-fi from other "Foneros" located all over the world. There is a way to set one up where you can charge for usage just like your local franchised coffee shop or fast food location. (Fast food restaurant doesn't make sense!) They split the income with you and it isn't much.

We need more of these hotspots here in the good ol' US of A. and I have some discount coupons available (20) for anyone wanting to give it a shot. $5.99 for a wireless router which is normally $29.99 is not too bad!

If you're paranoid you might not want to do this. You might find some strange parked car outside your home with a passenger surfing the web. Young kids on the lawn would be fine with me.

Check it out and if you want a coupon email me. r.earhart at gmail dot com

Welcome, and why are you here?

I'm sure you have better things to do.