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Back in the 60s and 70s when satellites were first being used for telephone communications, some international companies had their internal phone systems sometimes routed through the satellites for international calls.

Everyone quickly adapted to the delays and ignored them and business went right on.

Anyone that has used 2 way radio to communicate has experienced these same kinds of end to end delays and adapted to it.

It really does not take very long to adjust the pace of the conversation and forget there are delays.

If you're using any kind of air card, be careful with how much you use the video portion of Skype. It'll suck your data (or whatever it is) like crazy and you'll be over your allowance in nothing flat if you spend much time on it. Bad thing is that Verizon (if that's the air card you have)won't tell you when you've gone over -- they'll just charge you an arm & a leg. But it's a wonderful way to stay in touch with folks!

My husband checks our Verizon data usage daily. He logs on to the Verizon website and he sees how much usage we've used. We try to "save up" megabytes so that we can Skype with our son and his family. Since Verizon allots 5gb a month, the average allotment is 165-170mb/day depending on how many days in the month. Or, if you are using your aircard directly in your computer instead of through a router, the Verizon Manager software will automatically tell you what your usage is via a pop-up when you first connect.

You always have to be aware of sites that will sap your megabytes, such as high video/photo content sites. If we are getting close to the 5gb allotment, we try to limit our computer usage, so that we can the avoid overage charges.

There is also a program that is unadvertised with Verizon - one in which you have to ask for the 5 cent overage charge vice the 25 cent overage charge. Bruce had researched this before we got the aircard and had it put in our contract when we signed up.

Kathy

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