iChat over dial-up

We just finished a 15 minute voice chat from our hotel here in Halifax to my parents’ condo in Florida. They were using my Mom’s iBook and were dialed into an Earthlink account with the iBook’s internal modem; on our end was my MacBook connected by Ethernet. Using iChat voice quality was better-than-telephone, which seems like some amazing feat of technology.

They report, by the way, that Earthlink, which they signed up for when wifi was not in evidence, was easy to sign up for and works well. They especially mentioned the friendliness and efficiency of the Earthlink support staff.

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David Richardson on February 7, 2007 - 20:26

iChat audio works fine even over a 28.8 K dial-up connection. And high-latency satellite connections. The frequency response isn’t quite as good as Gizmo or Skype provide, and you do need to be mindful of firewall settings, but when the line is too slow for anything else, iChat almost always works perfectly.

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~bc on February 7, 2007 - 22:52

I, too have talked to my family over iChat audio, and their end was dial-up. Worked surprisingly well. A couple times it freaked out, but it was crystal clear for 95%. Disconnecting and reconnecting fixed any glitches. Absolutely phenomenal technology.

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