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Video Chat and Marketing for $50 (Special for Skylarking readers)

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I am back! Can I get on a roll with my posts again?  Place your bets!

Video Chat and Video Marketing; yours for $50! with the Microsoft Lifecam Cinema 1080i HD webcam and coupon code QFH8905. YouTube, Social Media sites, and Video Chat has finally become a part of our everyday life at home and at work:Microsoft Lifecam

  • Business people and entrepreneurs use video as an online promotional tool to reach their customers on their websites or through YouTube and Facebook. Or as a conferencing tool with their partners and associates.
  • Families and friends, both near and far, use it to keep in touch while away at college, while traveling abroad, or from home to home with Skype and Facebook. (Skype and Facebook have recently teamed up. Read all about it here on Facebook.)

If you’re ready for this exciting communication medium then look no futher than the Microsoft Lifecam Cinema 1080i HD webcam.  Regularly it sells for $80, and TigerDirect sells it for $60, but use coupon code QFH8905 and the links in this article to save an extra $10 at checkout. (Offer expires October 21) Want to know more about why this is camera to get? Here you go:

  • It’s easy to setup. It has only one cable which plugs into any available USB port on your PC, Mac, laptop, or netbook.
  • It’s aluminum body is so light yet durable that you can take it anywhere.
  • Its auto-focus feature keeps you in focus — the camera adjusts to you, not you to it.
  • It’s built-in digital microphone is sensitive and advanced enough to provide crystal clear sound quality while cancelling out any interfering background noises.
  • One touch ease with the Windows Live Call Button gets you online and on your way to making a video call.
  • Bend, fold and shape the flexible base for the best angle on laptop screens, flat panels and traditional monitors.
  • Bonus: High def (HD) capability with 1080i and 720p technology for the sharpest image!
  • Bonus: Easily integrates with Windows Messenger!

Now, remember, you need to use the code QFH8905 and click the links above to get the Microsoft Lifecam for only $50.

Hello from the Grand Canyon’s rim

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Hello, friends, followers, and readers!  Though I’m on vacation this week (and will be returning very soon) I’ve got blogging on my mind.  Sounds like a song, “Blogging is my business, and I’ve got business on my mind.”

So what could I possibly write about, technology-wise, while sitting beside one of the seven natural wonders of the world?

Well, it’s sitting right next to me, my Netgear SPH200D Internet phone with Skype.

The Netgear SPH200D

What a wonderful device Netgear has made!  I’ve had it for almost a year now. It’s a cellphone-sized unit, plus a box about the size of a small paperback, and two power adapters. It’s so portable I’m able to fit it all into a shaving case sized bag.

The phone system can be plugged into any high-speed Internet connection allowing me to make and receive call just as if I were home. Much like a cellphone, the phone number goes wherever I go.

So What?

Netgear's SPH200D


… You might say, “I can take my cell phone anywhere, too, and I don’t have to plug into anything except a wall outlet from time to time.”

That’s true, but how much are you paying for that convenience?  $50 per month?

My Netgear phone with Skype is costing me $50 a year! Yes, a year!

I admit, it’s not a replacement for a cell phone, but I have been able to reduce my cell phone usage significantly, by using the Internet phone instead when possible.

Like now, from the edge of the Grand Canyon with my hotel’s free Internet service. Or tomorrow, when I get to my sister’s home, I’ll connect it to her home network’s router.

My cellphone usage has dropped far below my provider’s lowest level service plan. I’m half tempted to get rid of it entirely, or switch to a pay as you go plan. I used to pay $1,200 a year for cellular service. That dropped to $600 a year shortly after getting the Internet phone, and I may very well be on my way to getting it as low as $240 per year if I play my cards right.

I’d get tired of all that setting up

Again, I agree, and Netgear has a solution for that, too. They have a unit that operates without the box. It’s just a single cellphone sized device that works with any wireless Internet service you may be near. So I could use it with the hotel’s wireless internet service, or the airport’s wireless serice, or my sister’s wireless router, or the wireless internet at the local Starbucks’ or Borders bookstore.

Sounds better, doesn’t it? You bet.  That’s why I’m getting ready to pick up one of those, too.

Enough, how much does the Netgear phone cost?

The SPH200D I have goes for $149, and can be purchased at your local Best Buy, or from Skype. The wireless capable unit goes for $199, and can be picked up at the same locations.

It uses rechargeable AAA batteries that you can buy anywhere, and it comes with a recharger base.  You can also purchase two more handsets, and use them with the box base.


I’ll talk more about Skype (www.skype.com) later. They have plans that run from FREE to $20 to $60 per year. That’s yearly, not monthly. The free service enables you to connect with other Skype users, while the pay plans enable you to make and receive calls with anyone else. They even have software which can be installed on your computer.

Talk to you soon!

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