I was ecstatic before when I discovered the version 10 of Yahoo Messenger. And then there's Skype, which has been offering free video calls for a long time already. Still, my sister just had to find a better one.
Although YM offers bigger windows, ooVoo offers less lag, better sound quality and recording options. And for a fee, you can video conference 6 ways. Just download the software from ooVoo.com and give it a try. It's really, really a faster connection which makes for better video chatting with loved ones.