As stated the issue would be connectivity to the USMA wi-fi. Skype works perfectly well on the issued PC's. Then again, one must remember that the rooms are shared with two other room mates and all are very probably on different schedules bringing quiet time issues into play. Don't be the one..... Phones are most convenient and portable. There will be time alone in the room, but probably not enough to justify an extra device requiring a hot spot. To my knowledge the closest Starbucks with free wi-fi near the Cadet Barracks closes daily at 5 or 6 so it really doesn't work out.Wondering if a portal is allowed for my DS to use in his room when talking to friends and family back home. It is similar to FaceTime but the portal is about the size of an iPad and it brings a bigger and clearer live picture when talking to each other.