Have you tried using Skype? Or are you one of those people that know it only as "The way Oprah speaks to celebrities that can't fly to her show."
When we went away to Aruba, I thought it was the perfect way to keep in touch with my three kids who were all staying at different families. Wrong.
One family was afraid installing Skype would slow down their computer, another family said, "Skype compromises the security of their life and just opening an account would cause the world to see their finances, data, and birthdates." (I thought Russian spies or any decent hacker spent time focusing on how to break into BANKs' security systems, not one sole computer, with a family bank account?).
The other family wanted to use my computer at home.. Which was a great idea till every time my oldest son would be standing in front of the camera, my husband would comment about the background behind him, "Wow, those pictures on the wall look fantastic," or "Ohmigosh...did you see how cool that paint looks in the light?" So much so my son stopped answering Skype and would only speak to us by phone.
But on the bright side, Skype does work and work well! My 65 year old mom in Chicago figured out how to use it and we had a lovely time chatting...and she still won't plug in her answering machine cause it's too complicated.
So there's hope for the rest of you.
Sign up. It's free. Call me. http://www.skype.com/