Using the internet for phone calls - Skype

Save Money through VoIP

Getting Started

Skype is a software-based Voice Over Internet protocol that is becoming widely used  as it offers reduced cost calls through your computer to any telephone and if the call is to another Skype-enabled computer (or phone) then the call is free.

Note: Skype should primarily be used for home or backup use. We do not recommend this service for use as your main business telephone system - please contact us for a free comparison of services available.

Skype is very easy to use - you register online, download and install the software and away you go.

Skype is jam-packed with great features to help you stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues, share your thoughts and views and find the information you need. You can use it on your computer and on both WiFi and cordless phones.

Just for starters you can instant message with anyone on your contact list or even use group chat to chat with up to a hundred people. You could hold a conference call with up to nine other people to organise a get-together and then use SkypeFind™ to search for the perfect venue to hold it.

There are also really cool video features. All you need is a webcam to make free video calls or even take photos of yourself to personalise Skype.

Finding friends

If you use Microsoft Outlook®, Outlook Express®, GMail™, Hotmail® or your mail account with Yahoo! then it’s a simple task to import contacts and get them all onto your Skype. If they don’t have Skype yet you can send them invite to download it – then you can talk for free (and maybe you’ll even get a nice bouquet of flowers and a chocolate bar from your them to say thanks for getting them onto Skype? We’d like to think that’s in order).

Adding someone to your contact list is easy. But you can also add people who are not yet on Skype and call them on their phones and mobiles at pretty cheap rates wherever they are.

Also, if your Microsoft Outlook® contacts have phone numbers, you can have them show up on your contact list so you can call them. You’ll need Skype Credit or Skype Pro™ to make calls to phones and mobiles.

Strangers are friend’s you haven’t met yet

It’s easy to meet new people and share your opinions with Skype. Skypecasts are a great way to talk with up to 100 people at the same time or simply listen in to the chatter.

Public chats are like the group chats you can have with friends and family but these ones are open for anyone to join – for instance, you might host one about your favorite football team, one about how to knit a woolly sweater with a tricky pattern and a third one about breeding Siamese cats for pleasure and profit. Or anything else that interests you, really.

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