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    what program/app do you recommend for video chat via phone to laptop?

    I downloaded and installed the skype APK zip file to my TB. says I get a free 10 minutes to try and then after that I have to pay.

    I'm looking for a program/app that my daughter can use on the laptop and I can talk to her via my phone for free.

    what do you recommend?
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    I think it's free when you do Skype to Skype. The minutes are for calling landlines, cell phones, etc. that aren't using Skype.

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    nevermind...I figured out skype. sorry
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    Does Tango work from phone to laptop yet?
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    I believe google chat/talk is supposed to have something coming out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viper Daimao View Post
    I believe google chat/talk is supposed to have something coming out.
    Google talk supports video in Android 2.3.4 (only available on the Nexus S now). It is not clear if/when the Thunderbolt will get that upgrade or if they will back-port video support to 2.2.

    In the mean time, the leaked Skype seems to be the best option, although there is another app (whose name I am forgetting right now, I'll edit if I remember) that came out in Beta last week and can do Google Chat with Video as well as a number of other IM connections. However, it only sees the back camera and not the front camera on the Thunderbolt, so I uninstalled until they get that updated (which is why I can't remember its name....)..

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    Yahoo Messenger. I chat with my gf from my TB to her pc (laptop with Windows Vista I believe, might be 7 though) and even with a solid 3g signal I get little to no lag at all.
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    The leaked Skype, as long as the other person has Skype as well.

    Talked with a friend in Wales for about an hour last week interruption-free through Skype Mobile. I was impressed.
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    The other app that can do it is called oovoo. Link here:

    Download Free Video Conferencing Software For Your Webcam

    Tried it and works ok, but since most of my contacts have Skype anyways, it can be hard to get them to install anything else. I still think Skype is the best one right now.

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    Just tried the skype mobile app on my phone tonight to skype my girlfriend on her laptop.....the video quality was a bit bigger and better than Yahooo Mgr, but one major problem is if you are talking to communicate but the other person doesn't have access to a headset/isn't on a phone and has to send ims, then you literally have to exit the skype video call and go into the menu to read the im(s).
    MAJOR FAIL.

    This is where Yahoo Msgr. gets the upper hand, imo. When the other person ims you the im will flash in the notification bar on my TB, allowing me to read it there.
    Win.
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