Mistakes to avoid
Send a URL
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send an e-mail
|fast - your e-mail
will arrive usually within 15 minutes and often within
cheap - your e-mail will cost either nothing or the cost of a local phone call
responsive - it's easy to reply to an e-mail, encouraging a rapid response.
If you don't have your own e-mail address, then there are lots of organizations who are only too willing to give you one for free or for a very low charge.
send a fax by e-mail
|Using a web browser you can send a fax without having to pay long distance rates. It even works for International faxes to many countries. Find the service at http://www.burnham-on-sea.co.uk/fax.html|
receive fax by e-mail
|If you haven't got a fax machine, there is a company we recommend called e-Fax. With their basic plan, e-Fax free will give you, free of charge, your own fax number to which up to 20 faxes per month may be sent. e-Fax will then e-mail the fax to you. You'll need a special viewer, which they provide, again, free of charge. Oh, and by the way, the fax number they provide is one covered by the free fax service above.|
chat to an individual
|using one of the
many chatting programs you can conduct a typed conversation
in real time. A good place to start is Yahoo
Half way between chatting and e-mail, comes instant messaging. You type a message and the recipient gets the message immediately (provided he/she/they are logged on). If they're not logged on, they will get the message the next time they log on. We still like ICQ, which not only allows you to send instant messages, but also allows chatting, group chatting, voice chatting, file transfer, url transfer, paging and a host of other neat options. Get ICQ here and when you've got the software, send us a message using ICQ number 2928991.
The Microsoft equivalent is MSN Messenger .
If you only need
to chat by text or voice then you might find Google
Talk a better
option. It's less obtrusive but has fewer bells and
whistles. Unlike MSN and ICQ there are no adverts.
To use it you'll need a Gmail account - but that's
worth having anyway.
chat to a group
|you are not limited
to an individual, if you wish you can invite several people
to join your chat or join a group chat and get to know
people all over the world. It's free and very easy.
There are lots of voice chatting programs available, some are free some are shareware. If the person at the other end of the system has a computer then your conversation will most likely be free even if you are talking to someone at the other side of the world.
person you want to talk to does not have a computer,
then it is still possible to speak to them on their
telephone. The advantage being that an international
call will cost only a tiny fraction of the normal
telephone cost, for example, a call to the USA
from England will cost less than (£0.02)
per minute including taxes. Quality used to vary
depending on Internet traffic, modem speed, software
used and the sound card in your computer. Now it's
usually the same as
a normal Trans-Atlantic phone call! After a £500
bill for one month's phone charges I tried lots of
different companies, and in the end, decided that Internet
Phone produced the best results. My phone bill dropped
to a fifth of its previous amount.
Skype it would be free!
|If you have a fast enough Internet connection then it's possible to talk and see the person at the other end in real time. All you need is a video camera connected to your computer, speakers, a microphone and your video conferencing software. MSN, ICQ and Skype allow video conferencing. Some software is free others are shareware. Your conversation will usually be free or at the cost of a local phone call. Don't expect miracles however and the image you see will be small in most cases.|
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