Recently, Skype launched an app for the iPhone for its free Voice over IP service. I downloaded it and installed it on my iPhone the other day and liked it quite a bit. My brother lives in a different city — since we're both on the computer 24×7 and we work together we use Skype everyday. My brother has an iPod Touch and so of course he installed Skype and we tried it out — he could hear me but we couldn't hold a conversation because his iPod Touch has no mic. Well, I did a little research and as it turns out, the same microphone accessories that work with the iPhone also work with the iPod Touch. Here are a couple of places you can go to learn about them:
This is a MacWorld article from a year ago that reviews different third party microphone adapters:
This is a link to the Griffen Mic Adapter which was the #1 mic adapter MacWorld reviewed — I'm probably going to get this one, it's only $19.99:
The Apple iPhone headphones will also work with the iPod Touch 2G — This one should definitely work but costs $29.99:
With this small cost (assuming you already have an iPod Touch), you can have yourself a skype phone that you can use anywhere you can get wireless Internet. Well, even though I don't have an iPod Touch, I'm planning on taking advantage of Skype to help me keep my minutes down. I've got my Google Voice account and I'll be using it to route calls to skype first and then my phone — since I'm around a Wi-Fi connection 90% of the time, this should help me at least conserve minutes.