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