I use to think of myself as an early adopter but I am late in discovering Internet telephone. My brother has moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and we were worried that we would miss the once a week phone calls we enjoyed when he was in Boston. He has been bugging me for years to download Skype, a free (or nearly free) Internet phone service.
When he moved last month, I finally did it and....it's wonderful. I highly recommend it. I trotted over to Office Depot and picked up a Logitech web camera and microphone for $29.95. And now we chat a couple of times a week with sound and live video streaming. It's not always perfect but it is so 21st century.
I haven't talked Mark into signing up yet. But hope to soon.