We live in the Midwest and while we like living here, we are pretty far away from both of our families and friends, so we do what we can to keep in touch and keep our families close in contact. I have been working with Mom Central and Skype to do a Skype Seven-Day Challenge where we are asked to keep even more in touch with our loved ones. With this challenge, I received a TelyHD Picture This camera so that we could video chat with our loved ones.
I love this because you don’t have to have a computer to be able to use Skype video chat with our family. The set up was so easy that I had to do a double take to make sure I installed it right. I have it installed on my TV monitor on my desk in my office, but I can easily transport it upstairs to my living room so we can have full room chats with our loved ones.
During our Seven-Day Challenge, so many things went on in our family.
- Kambry started preschool
- Tucker started first grade
- Kambry visited the fire station
- Tucker started playing Flag Football
- Kambry got a hair cut
- Tucker joined Cub Scouts
How do we use Skype Video Chat?
Here’s how we used Skype during our Seven-Day Challenge.
- Kids sharing daily adventures with grandparents
- The kids have been so busy these days that we chose to use Skype video calling on a daily basis to let the kids interact in live time with their grandparents so they could share with them all that they’ve been doing, and where we’ve been going. While snail mail is a fun way to keep in contact, there’s just no way that we could have put in to words the kids reactions to being able to tell grandma and papa what they’ve been doing.
- Contact with old friends
- We also use Skype video calling so the kids can keep in touch with their friends that we moved away from 4 years ago. I love seeing the kids interact with their friends, just as we never left. I have friends of 30 years. We keep in contact in any way that we can. Skype helps us keep in contact on a more personal level. When I can see the face of my best friend from 3rd grade – just makes my heart melt!
- Bedtime…. on the go
- While I am traveling, I love to use Skype video chat to keep in touch with my husband, as well as being able to tell my kids goodnight when I’m not there in person to tuck them in.
- Business calls
- I work from home and take a lot of phone calls. There are times that my phone will ring with a Skype video call, or I will be at my computer in my office and my Skype will ring. Having business calls via Skype makes me feel closer to the brands that I work with.
- Holiday & Birthday wishes
- Calling Nana on her birthday…. live…. Priceless!
- Errands & Shopping
- I used Skype the other day to call my husband from the store when I was out looking for something that he was searching for. Texting was wasting my time, so I Skyp’ed him.
What I love about Skype is that we can keep in contact anywhere from any device.
- iPod touch
- Android phone
- Android tablet
- Desktop or Laptop computer
- and more!
There are so many ways Skype can help you keep in touch.
- Instant messaging: Skype’s Instant Messaging (IM) lets you to talk with your family, colleagues and friends through chat. You can have one-to-one IM chats or create group chats, so that you can stay connected through your desktop computer, mobile phone, or television in real-time. You should use this option throughout the challenge as well whenever you are using Skype.
- GroupMe Chat: Available as a separate phone-only app, GroupMe is a great way to chat with everyone you know. It’s absolutely free, whether you’re talking to a group of friends, or texting with one person. Best of all, it works on nearly every phone, via push or SMS. With GroupMe, it’s easy to reach anyone, anytime, anywhere. As this is for mobile-only, this is a great on-the-go application and should be used throughout the challenge as well to help you stay in touch with others.
With the TelyHD Picture This Camera, you will experience live streaming with Qik. Qik: Enables you to upload videos immediately to popular social sites, like Facebook or YouTube, or share their videos manually to websites like StumbleUpon, and Del.icio.us and onto their personal websites. With Qik, you can now accomplish your dreams of hosting your own channel.
You will also be able to access the internet at public Wifi hotspots around the world, using your Skype Credit as payment. You only pay per minute for what you use.
- Free Skype Account
- Free Skype-to-Skype video and voice calls
- Free instant messaging
- Connect with your Facebook friends
- Skype Premium
- Lets you enjoy group video calling features. You can decide to subscribe for a full month or try out Skype’s day passes which can be very useful to get in touch with your loved ones.
- As part of the benefits of this subscription, you can also get discounts on webcams and access to support representatives through live chat.
- Skype Credit
- The way to pay for Skype features that are not free. You can use it to make great value calls to phones and mobiles across the world, buy an online number so your family and friends without Skype can call you at local rates, send low cost SMS messages, and forward calls.
- You can also use Skype Credit to buy a calling subscription, and to connect to over 200,000 Wifi hotspots worldwide using Skype WiFi.
We used Skype a lot this summer while we were traveling. Now that school is back in session and routines are returning back to normal, we will use Skype on a regular basis to keep in touch with loved ones, family, friends and business connections. Overall, I love Skype and the more that we use it, the more we love it.
Looking to get started? Visit www.Skype.com and see what account fits you best.