|Skype works great with notebook
computers and at least some WiFi enabled PDAs.
What made Skype work great with a desktop computer was
the handset from Sipphone. That same handset can
be used with a notebook computer, but notebook computer
users may prefer to use a headset. The headset
leaves hands free for typing or just holding the
notebook computer. A computer headset is needed if
you are going to use a headset and Skype with your
notebook computer. The computer headset differs
from an cell phone headset in that it has two plugs.
One plug is for the microphone socket and the other is
for the speaker socket of your notebook computer.
The product at right is a typical computer headset from one of the more famous brands of headsets, Plantronics. This headset is just an example, there are others that are less and more expensive available from Amazon computer accessories. This unit and ones like it work best with notebook computers while the Sipphone handset works best with desktop computers.
The Sipphone's ability to shut off the computer's speakers when it is being used makes it ideal for desktop computers. However, a headset can be used with a desktop computer if the computer speakers can be turned off while the headset is being used.
If you own a WiFi enabled Pocket PC that has a microphone or microphone jack, you may be able to use it as a Skype phone. Go to Skype.com and download the Pocket PC version of Skype and give it a try.
I'm using a Dell Axim X30 that has WiFi capability. I plug an earphone bud into the audio out jack of the Axim and use the built in microphone of the Axim to make my calls. The Axim works adequately. I get complaints from those whom I speak with that my voice sounds hollow, but I can hear the speaker perfectly. The PDA solution works adequately. Its portability makes up for the slightly degraded sound quality. The newer Dell X50 supposedly works much better. Not all Pocket PCs work well as VOIP clients. Slower Megahertz PDAs do not handle VOIP applications as well as faster PDAs. My Dell Axim runs at 628 MHz. If you plan to purchase a PDA to use for wireless voice communications, search the Web for reviews before you make your purchase.
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