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    Hi, Looking for a program that my son who is in Afghanistan, can load onto his computer, and along with a microphone and speakers can call home (USA) to our regular telephone. Any recommendations or suggestions ? Thanks, Mike

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    You can call, its CHEAP! LOL

    My phone bill during the 1st Gulf War was over $2000 US one month.
    I was there for 6!
    It cost me a small fortune...

    Good luck with the software hunt. I have heard about some that work. Although I have not seen them in action.

    Chez

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    there is an app in Windows that can do it, I've even used it before... but for some reason I can't even remember what letter it starts with : omg:

    It's been in every windows since at least 98 but for some reason it is hidden in XP and I can't remember the command to bring it up

    maybe after a few more cups of coffee I'll remember what it is.... :shrug:

    EDIT: in the meantime, you could check out net2phone. I don't know how good it is though, but it looks like something to check out: http://web.net2phone.com/products/commcenter/
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    Chezman29, it is not cheap. He tells us that it costs him
    $1.60 per minute to call home. He is calling us (parents)
    and his wife every other day. We can not call him, since he is in the Military. He also is scheduled to be there for 6 months.

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    ICQ and Yahoo let you use those mics. and I think AOL too?

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    I don't think you read most post. I said it cost me $2000 a month in phone bills. I KNOW its not cheap.
    I was there for Gulf War I.

    Good luck,
    Chez

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    It's okay Chezman I think he got what you said lol...he said it costs his son $1.60/min to call him in the US

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    i just found out PhoneFree
    this app allows you to make free PC-to-Phone calls anywhere in US. I have not used it so don't have any experience with it.

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    being from the commo side of the 160th SOAR(ABN) i have found a couple of tricks.

    1. he could use a MARRS station to converse via teletype (not recommended)

    2. He could call his home station via 1 800 number and ask the switchboard operator to connect by using the "morale call" setup then all charges would be billed either U.S. domestic rates or the base would handle the charges. (recommended)
    Hope this helps
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    Morale calls suck. They are limited to 15 min and are all monitored.

    I think what they are looking for is something without those limitations.

    My wife is a Launch Control Officer (the ones who launch the nukes in an attack-she wouldn't die, but I would!) can't even get a better system. We just end up calling and worry about the cost later.
    Sometimes its best to take you losses and make the time apart a little better......

    Chez

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