I usually believe in the Chinese saying "cheap thing no
good, good thing no cheap". Then how about when something is free?
Well, internet telephony has not yet fully reached perfection, but heck, if you want to talk to someone in France, Egypt or India free of charge, wouldn't you accept a little discomfort? In fact the quality of the telephony will depend a lot on your sound card. If you and your party on the other side have full duplex sound cards, you can talk just like over the phone. If you only have half-duplex, like me, then it would be like talking on a walkie-talkie. The program is very sophisticated and easy to install. It will detect if you have a half or full duplex card and tell you how to use it. After installing, click on tutorial.
You can download the program from:
N.B: there are several free internet telephone programs. This is one of the many.
6 May 1999.
[Currently, he is an investor and community activist and he was formerly a professional engineer. His column provides useful internet sites, tips, and his advice to many different tools, gadgets, softwares, etc. in order to help facilitate the computer user.]