I am very grateful that Skype exists.
I gave up my landline at the beginning of the year, in favour of an android smart phone from Wind. With this I don't need an internet provider, as I can tether my phone to my computer. So the savings are big. My biggest concern was that I needed a way to stay in touch with my family overseas. I decided that Skype was sufficient because most of my family members are online. I also call my dad, who is not online, through Skype too. It is ridiculously cheap and the quality is fantastic. I can have my weekly chat with him for my usual 30 minutes, and pay only a few cents.
The best thing though, is that my sister got a laptop for Christmas and finally got hooked up online. So we have Skype chats where I can see her and she can see me. I love that. My brother who also lives in the UK, Skypes me once in a while too. I am looking into being able to conference, but it looks like we have to pay for that service.
My sister, Lorna, always brightens up my day. She has a wicked sense of humour, and is my best friend. Funny really, when you think we hated each other growing up! She is a lot like my mum, but would have hated hearing this when she was younger! I love her very much, as she has been the primary person in taking care of my dad for the past 7 years. She does the things that no one really wants to do, and usually without complaint, unless warranted.
So thank you Skype for making possible the connection that I still have with my family.