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Old Jan 8th 2008, 5:10 pm
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The Skype website is blocked so you cant download/update or buy credit.

so if u have a laptop make sure you have it before u get to KSA.

otherwise use of a VPN will get round any blocks whether in KSA or Emirates.
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Old Jan 8th 2008, 7:34 pm
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Originally Posted by nottmbantam View Post
Ok, so you regulars will know that I'm working my way out to Riyadh in a few months. Got to thinking....

Whats the best and cheapest way to keep in touch with the folks back home?

Skype
Landline Phone
Mobile Phone - KSA sim card / pay as you go?
Email?

Never used Skype, no idea if its any good. Would like to talk to people ( wife n kids ) rather than just using email.

What do you guys use and what would you recommend?

TIA.
Make sure you get plenty of sleep before you get out to KSA, because if your kids are anything like mine back home, they will want to webcam you ONLY when they have finished watching EastEnders & Coronation Street, or got home from their friends about 10pm, .......conveniently forgetting / ignoring the 3-4 hours time difference........its suprising how little sleep you can survive on !!!!
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Make sure you get plenty of sleep before you get out to KSA, because if your kids are anything like mine back home, they will want to webcam you ONLY when they have finished watching EastEnders & Coronation Street, or got home from their friends about 10pm, .......conveniently forgetting / ignoring the 3-4 hours time difference........its suprising how little sleep you can survive on !!!!
Meant to add, if you havent already got them, get yourself a webcam for your home and laptop and an MSN Messenger, its free, you do voice recordings back and forth (like an old CB radio) and you can also see them. I found it was much better & much more personal than using phone / texts.....not so easy to press the "close camera" button mind you, hence the late nights / early mornings
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Old Jan 8th 2008, 7:54 pm
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Yah, I've got a laptop here which I was gonna take with me, a Mac Powerbook, and that already has MSN. Have ordered a webcam, waiting for that to arrive and will spend some time 'playing ' with that and getting the set up right.

So, if I bring a laptop with me, it should be ok? Just need to sort out the electricity supply for re-charging the battery
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Originally Posted by nottmbantam View Post
Yah, I've got a laptop here which I was gonna take with me, a Mac Powerbook, and that already has MSN. Have ordered a webcam, waiting for that to arrive and will spend some time 'playing ' with that and getting the set up right.

So, if I bring a laptop with me, it should be ok? Just need to sort out the electricity supply for re-charging the battery
make sure u download Skype onto it!
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Originally Posted by nottmbantam View Post
Yah, I've got a laptop here which I was gonna take with me, a Mac Powerbook, and that already has MSN. Have ordered a webcam, waiting for that to arrive and will spend some time 'playing ' with that and getting the set up right.

So, if I bring a laptop with me, it should be ok? Just need to sort out the electricity supply for re-charging the battery
Your battery should recharge no problem
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Old Jan 9th 2008, 9:09 am
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Originally Posted by axlenoyl View Post
Your battery should recharge no problem
Yes, I was trying to say that I will need some sort of adaptor for the electricity supply, cos my battery charge is obviously the UK 3 pin plug!
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Originally Posted by nottmbantam View Post
Yes, I was trying to say that I will need some sort of adaptor for the electricity supply, cos my battery charge is obviously the UK 3 pin plug!

Not sure what it's like where you are going but in Dubai plugs are same as home.
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Originally Posted by Paidtoplease View Post
Not sure what it's like where you are going but in Dubai plugs are same as home.
yeah....which is great until you buy any electrical products here and they are all 2-pin, lol...

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Originally Posted by Madam Medusa View Post
yeah....which is great until you buy any electrical products here and they are all 2-pin, lol...

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Keeps the adaptor ecomomy going !!!
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Originally Posted by Paidtoplease View Post
Keeps the adaptor ecomomy going !!!
well that and the fact that they mysteriously seem to disappear...i buy hundreds of them but can never find a spare one when i need it!!!

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Keeps the adaptor ecomomy going !!!
The Indian-style adaptor is the cheapest option. Strip wires bare and insert into socket....
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Originally Posted by Madam Medusa View Post
well that and the fact that they mysteriously seem to disappear...i buy hundreds of them but can never find a spare one when i need it!!!

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have a look where the odd socks are....
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Originally Posted by MataHari View Post
have a look where the odd socks are....
lol...with the pens then i guess...

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Originally Posted by Madam Medusa View Post
well that and the fact that they mysteriously seem to disappear...i buy hundreds of them but can never find a spare one when i need it!!!

MM, xx
Yea that is a mystery, I think I have an adaptor stealing goblin, pesky goblins
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