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Topic # 91709 19-Oct-2011 16:46
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Just wondering if anyone has tried to use skype at full capacity (i.e. highest quality video in both directions), while on a Laptop and using Mobile Broadband via USB modem?

What is/has your connection been like?
Would you describe it as "business quality"?
How long (call duration) would, say, 2GB of credit last for?

Let's assume that the laptop can run on mains power for the duration of the skype call.


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  Reply # 535234 19-Oct-2011 16:50
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Depends on the coverage in the area and the network.
If ideal coverage etc it should work fine.

Usage could be very high, i.e both ways 720p video would chew through 2gb in about 20mins, if the connection supported it running at full, but thats the extreme end of the scale and makes a few assumptions about the speed of the connection available etc.

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  Reply # 535251 19-Oct-2011 17:13
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Skype automatically adjusts it's codec settings based upon the bandwidth, so it's hard to set it at "maximum quality". Typically speaking however you'll use a minimum of 1Mbps in both directions for a 720p video call, more if the bandwidth is available.

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