I am a total fan of Skype, from its early days on, and barely ever use a land line phone in my office any more. In fact it’s battery is empty for sure, as it sits in a drawer and hasn’t seen the light for months. Wildly popular Skype was one of the pioneers in voice communication over the Internet.
Remember the times when watching how much time you spent on international calls?
Nowadays people are using Skype to communicate from PC to PC – for FREE. From anywhere in the world, you can make unlimited and totally free calls to anyone in the world provided that person is using Skype too. With now more than 360 million registered users, Skype is the most popular voice “phone” communication service in the world. It is now owned by Microsoft.
What if the person you want to speak to has no access to internet?
No problem, with Skype you can “phone” from your laptop or PC to land lines or cell phones anywhere in the world. The fee? Within North America $30 per year! and approximately $70 per year worldwide. You can use this credits also to send SMS for less, and to Access WiFi hotspots at over a million public places.
You can even receive calls from these phones on your PC. That is not free, but very cheap compared to traditional land line and mobile international rates. These services are called SkypeOut and SkypeIn respectively.
Skype is used in nearly all countries of the world; it has been developed in view of delivering clear and consistent calls over the Internet. Skype software is freely downloadable to your device from www.skype.com. Here is a list of all you need to have to be able to use Skype:
- A computer with decent processing power and memory
- keyboard and mouse/pad
- A good Internet connection, preferably broadband
- Sound. Make sure your sound card is working properly
Save money with video calls on Skype
Call and conference with anyone else on Skype for free and reduce cost of calling mobiles and land lines. Share info and ideas with your team using instant messaging, file sharing and group video. If standard, one-on-one video calling is all you need, stick with a free account. But, if you are interested in using Skype for group video calls with all your webcam-connected friends, you will need a Skype Premium subscription. Group webcam chat is only supported with this plan and allows users to host up to nine business partners or friends on a call at once.
Skype lists its features:
• Find all your friends and family in an instant – With over 250 million people using Skype,
you’re bound to bump into someone you know.
• Talk with your fingers – No matter where you are, your friends are always at your fingertips
with free instant messaging.
• Call your world from Skype – Talk to your heart’s content with free voice and video calls to
all your friends and family on Skype.
• Low cost calls to mobiles and land lines too – Keep in touch, even if they’re not on Skype,
with low cost calls and SMS to mobiles and land lines on the other side of town or the
• Share your favorite snaps – Got a great photo to share? Send it over Skype to friends
and family and you won’t have to worry about email size limits or expensive MMS charges.
• Chat with anyone, anywhere – Skype’s available on smartphones, tablets, PCs, Macs,
and even TVs. Whatever device your friends or family use, Skype just works. Simple.
• Video messaging – Record life’s everyday moments and share them with the people
who matter most, with free and unlimited video messaging over Skype.
Sounds like I am a sales rep for Skype, right?
NO, not at all, but I am using it for over fifteen years now, from the days when it often had a lousy connection, when it sounded as you were sitting in a bath tub, when the connections broke down in the middle of your conversation… But it got better and better and now since it was bought by Microsoft in Spring of 2011, there are no problems anymore. It sounds like calling from a regular land line, often much better than from a cell phone. Why pay AT&T, Bell or Rogers a fortune if it is not necessary? You are almost always in reach of a laptop, tablet or computer – why not use Skype, the FREE “phone”?
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