Speaking of talking to a friend, I’m sitting here working on my computer and Skype woke up with my first phone call. And worked remarkably well!
I was using my corporate issue, utterly devoid of style (see 6th paragraph), Dell Cinderblock 9000 laptop, which apparently has a built in microphone. While compensating for the tinniness of tiny little built in speakers, the connection was remarkably clear. I was receiving a giant MP3 file, we were sharing links, all the while talking on a speakerphone connection.
While I know there is competition in this space, I can say my first experience with Skype was a very pleasant surprise.