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Old March 20, 2009, 10:00 AM
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I just want to voice chat with my buddy outside of games. We are both in the same city so I don't need anything for overseas (if that's even a concern). Is Skype the best solution or is there something else?
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Old March 20, 2009, 10:09 AM
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Skype is what I use as it doesn't require having access to a server and is free for computer-computer calling. So far the call quality is fantastic and setup is quick, not sure if it supports a "push-to-talk" feature though if that's necessary.
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Old March 20, 2009, 10:48 AM
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Yes, Skype has some of the best audio quality out there. I use it frequently instead of vent, as its free and you can host it on your own computers. Very nice
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Thanks guys I think we'll go with Skype then. Cheers.
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Old March 20, 2009, 12:24 PM
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Skype is what I use as it doesn't require having access to a server and is free for computer-computer calling. So far the call quality is fantastic and setup is quick, not sure if it supports a "push-to-talk" feature though if that's necessary.
I think it has a push-to-talk feature, I forgot how to check though.
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Old March 20, 2009, 01:45 PM
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I use Skype too and I think their $3/month long distance calls (Canada and USA) is unbeatable. Pretty good quality too even with long distance.
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Old March 20, 2009, 10:34 PM
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If you don't mind poking a few holes in your Firewall, Vent and Teamspeak both have free 8 slot servers if you're looking for more "slots" than Skype handles (which is a cap of 6 in a conference call I believe)

Beyond that, a friend introduced me to a Free Vent/TS alternative: Main Page - Mumble

It has it's quirks, but it's an overall neat program.


But if it's only the 2 of you, Skype should work fine.
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Windows live messenger has a call feature that is real time chatting with mics.. it's completely free world wide and voice quality is fine. No push to talk, though.. Use it to chat with my cousin in Ottawa. Never used Skype before...
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Thanks for the input guys. I think we'll give Skype a try and see how she goes.
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Ive seen oovoo used on twitlive.tv, im not sure if its still free but it looked great, it had less issues than skype for them and you could do 6 way video conferences ( i think you had to pay for that part though).
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