What is Skype?

Free Phone Calls World Wide

Every day, millions of people were using Skype to communicate for free. They used their internet connection and turned their computer into an internet phone.

By: Natasha Morgan

Several years ago I heard people talking about Skype and how this revolutionary method of keeping in touch with friends and family throughout the world would eliminate costly long-distance bills. Upon further research, I found that Skype provided a method of communicating with people around the world using voice and video. Every day, millions of people were using Skype to communicate for free. They used their internet connection and turned their computer into an internet phone.

As expected, there was a glitch. In order to use this great service, I would have to go out and buy a webcam as well as a microphone. It all sounded too “techy” to me so I decided to stay with what I new best. Although Instant Messaging and E-mailing were a little cumbersome for many of my friends who are “typing challenged” at least it got the job done.

Then a few days ago, I received the exciting news that my first grandson was born. I felt sad that I would not be able to watch the baby develop, since my son’s family lives in NYC and I on the west coast.  Perhaps it was time to give Skype another look.

To my great surprise, I found that my new computer was already equipped with a camera and speakers. Apparently, most of the later model computers come this way.

Yippee! This was going to be easy. Indeed, it was. I followed a few simple steps and “wham” there I was online talking to my son and looking at the cutest little baby you could imagine. I will say that initially the technology sounded intimidating and I was not at all sure I could download the program and make it work.

Making Free Calls on Skype

* Set up your contact list.
* Locate the person you want to call in your contact list and click that name.
* To make your call, simply click the green button which starts the call and you can talk for as long as you want, whenever you want.

Yes, that’s all there is to it.

So, if you have family or friends scattered around the world, this is a fantastic tool for keeping in touch. Remember that using Skype to call another person who also has Skype is totally free. This means to anywhere in the world, at any time, day or night, morning or weekends. No more long distance phone bills and you get to see how they look while they’re drinking their morning coffee.

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