Video Conferencing is getting easier and easier with more laptops and montitors coming with pre-installed webcams. Well even if you're using an older model computer, with a USB port and an internet connection, you can enjoy FREE video conferencing with anyone in the world with the modest investment in a webcam/microphone unit.
For the video conferencing account, go to www.SKYPE.com and sign up for a free account.
Now buy a web cam.
Install the webcam, connect with a friend with a skype account and viola, your enjoyig full blown video conferencing.
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