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Skype—Review

Skype is a free VOIP software application currently being used by 150,000 NEW users a day!

Skype is a peer-to-peer program, meaning the people you call must have Skype installed too. Using the software is like using an instant messenger, such as MSN Messenger or Yahoo Messenger. Calls are easy to set up and free to any Skype user in the world.

To call regular landlines or cell phones anywhere in the world, there are two ways to use Skype. Pay as You Go, for which you buy Skype credits, sort of like buying minutes on prepaid phone cards. Or Pay Monthly for unlimited calling to a country or region anytime, no long-term contract needed.

So What Does it Look Like?

Making a call is as easy as selecting someone from a list of contacts and then clicking the green phone button at the bottom of the screen. Skype's website is designed with non-techies in mind and has as an easy tutorial on their website that shows you all the features of the software.

Skype Features

  • Free Skype to Skype calls
  • Free call transfer to people on Skype
  • Free Video calls
  • Free instant messaging and chat
  • Free conference calls (up to 25 people)
  • Free call forwarding to people on Skype
  • Calls to phones and mobiles (2 cents/minute or discounted with a monthly subscription)
  • Receive calls from phones and mobiles on a SkypeIn number ($18 for 3 months)
  • Send and receive voicemails ($6 for three months)
  • Skype to Go number (cost depends on monthly subscription)
  • Call forwarding to phones (2 cents/minute or discounted with a monthly subscription)
  • Send SMS messages (cost depends on where message is being sent)
  • Call transfer to phones and mobiles (2 cents/minute or free with a monthly subscription)

Got Questions? Ask Skype Yourself

  • www.skype.com—Has email technical support, web-based technical support and online manuals.

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