We are using Skype to phone home to Canada and make calls around the south of France. Skype was originally a computer-to-computer voice and video means of communicating, but now it is possible to connect with a landline or mobile phone. While computer-to-computer calling is free, calling a landline or cell phone is quite inexpensive. Our calls back to Canada cost 2.4 cents a minute. I opened an account with Skype before we left - minimum deposit was $CDN14.00 - we've made about 30 calls so far - still over $8.00 in the account. I chose an option that tops up my account when the balance drops below $3.00.
The computer at our rental has the Skype program loaded on a laptop and headphones are available. I just log into my account and either click on a pre-loaded number add a new number and save it.
How good is Skype as a communications option for Slow Travelers?