A bit off topic, but still on Skype ...
It is the best video conferencing solution I've found for PC-to-Mac video chat. I started using it for that reason (seems none of the people I want to talk to have a Mac like me) & it worked great. Then I really got into the other features like the long-distance calling & SMS texting options. If you want to actually record
your conversations (both audio & video) there is a $14.99 plug-in you can buy that works WONDERFULLY! I use it for work all the time.
Another cool thing is Google's Grand Central - people call one single
number then the service
finds you (ringing at home, work, cell etc until it gets you).
You could also consider buying
an 800 number. Several services there that do that.
Finally, you could get a cell phone
in his local area then use it anywhere. I got a really great cell phone
number about 7 years ago & have moved with it all over the country (haven't lived in the city/state of my number for 3 years!).
Good luck keeping in touch