Considering that I’m heading out for a trip to Israel tonight, I figured I should look into some way to call back to the USA cheaply. My thoughts immediately went to my old friend Skype.
So, I headed over to the Skype website and downloaded the latest version of the Windows Mobile client.
Big mistake. It didn’t work.
After digging through some forums I found that there is a specific version only that works with my particular device, the PPC6800/Mogul made by HTC. So, I did a bit more searching and found a blog with the CAB file available and I promptly downloaded it and installed it.
It worked. The sound quality is a bit so-so but it worked and that’s the important part.
A few minutes later, I stumbled upon an application called Fring.
What is Fring? In a nutshell, this is it:
fring™ is a mobile internet service & community that enables you to access & interact with your social networks on-the-go, make free calls and live chat with all your fring, Skype®, MSN® Messenger, Google Talk™, ICQ, SIP, Twitter, Yahoo!™ and AIM®* friends using your handset’s internet connection rather than costly cellular airtime minutes.
Turns out, Skype Out calls work just as good on Fring although I noticed that the volume is a bit lower and that you can’t see how much money you have left before you’re out. At least I now have two options, which is fantastic.
All I need now when I get there: a WiFi connection.