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USB Phones

by revpsychology / March 3, 2006 9:20 AM PST

My wife likes to talk to her family in Peru (from the U.S.A.) but it's expensive. We have broadband and so do they. They do video conversations on MSN Messenger, but the feedback echos are unbearable. Are there any USB headsets or phones that we can hook up to the computer that would be good? (if anyone knows how to get rid of the echo that would be even more awesome!)

I'm not talking about something like Vonage that requires monthly subscriptions.

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Echo and other things
by kschang / March 3, 2006 3:22 PM PST
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Echo is mainly caused by using external speakers along with an omni directional microphone, which is picking up the sound from your speakers.

For best result with messenger-type chat, use a headset with its microphone.

I've seen some USB phone-thingies in OfficeDepot nowadays, no idea how well they work. I think Radio Shack also has them, marketted with Skype.

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Also. . .
by Coryphaeus / March 3, 2006 8:46 PM PST
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You might try Yahoo IM or ICQ. I've had good luck with both.

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I have some Skype compatible phones, but..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 3, 2006 10:16 PM PST
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Haven't tested them yet. Try a on USB SKYPE PHONES.


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