Skype Nomad successfully completes excellent adventure in mobility
Howard Wolinsky here, your friendly neighborhood US Blogger for Skype, just popping in with the latest breaking news from the Skype Nomad:
Thirty-three days, and 17 countries later, Rebecca Campbell, better known at her blog, Facebook and MySpace, as the Skype Nomad, finished her ’round-the-world trip and got off the boat in Tallin, Estonia.,
She headed over to Skype’s supreme HQ where she was greeted with cheers, along with champagne toasts and slabs of strawberry mousse cake. A night out on town followed.
“I’m pretty tired, but it was great. It was an epic adventure,” said Rebecca, 26, a copywriter from London, England.
Her goal was to show that she could be in “perpetual motion” and still communicate via Skype.
]]>She had some blackouts, such as on a boat on the Yangtze River in China and in the heart of the Australian outback. “Nothing works in those places. Not cell phones, Not anything,” the native Australian said.
But the Skype Nomad’s excellent adventure in mobility, for the most part, was…well, excellent.
She said she successfully used Skype while riding a camel in Australia, on trains throughout Europe, on a gondola in Venice, and on an RV traveling between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
She was especially impressed with the 3 Skypephone. “It was the best bit of technology I took with me. It worked like a walkie-talkie. I could use it for free phone calls and text messages.”
She said the roaming charges simply disappeared in Italy, the United Kingdom, Austria, Sweden. Denmark. She also used it her native Australia–on camelback.
Her mum Julie and grandmother “Nana Peg” back in Oz both have 3 Skypephones. Rebecca is hoping the nice people at Skype will give her one.
The 3 Skypephone is not available in the US. Too bad.
Rebecca was impressed with the wide availability of Wi-Fi in the United States, which enabled her to make Skype calls from a moving RV in LA and from roadside stops using her MacBook and a Nokia N95 phone.
Campell said her trip also was a success because she raised over £7,000 pounds, with contributions from Virgin Radio and Skype, for her favorite charity, Motivation, which provides wheelchairs and other assistance to the disabled in places such as Sri Lanka.
So would Rebecca go nomad for Skype again?
She says she would. “But I need to rest up first. Maybe in a couple months?”