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Get up and running with Skype, the tool for calling, video chatting, messaging, and sharing with others—wherever you are. With this course, you'll learn the basics from creating an account and adding contacts to making your first call—via audio, video, or even instant message. Author Lisa Larson-Kelley will guide you through setting up the tools you need, your webcam and your microphone, and making a test call. You'll even learn how to use Skype by connecting with Facebook, and also on various mobile devices. You'll then be on your way to more advanced features like calling a landline, making a group video call, and recording Skype calls. You'll also learn how to troubleshoot Skype so you have the best video and audio quality.
Most often when you use Skype, you'll be calling from your computer to another computer. But Skype can do so much more. From Skype for Windows, you can call landline phones, and text and call mobile phones as well. And, if you have friends, family, or business contacts in other countries, you can use Skype to talk with them at lower rates per minute than you might be able to over regular phone lines. Since calling landlines and mobiles is crossing over and using telecommunications lines to complete your call, there is a permanent charge for these calls.
Check skype.com for the latest calling rates in supported countries. In this lesson, I'll show you the various options you have to call between Skype and phones and potentially save money on international and long distance fees. Lets first look at how you can someone's mobile phone from your computer. Make sure you are in Skype for Windows and click the call phones icon up here at the top of the screen. You are taken to this call screen where you can dial in the number on your keypad or type it in up here in the box.
Calling land lines and mobiles from Skype is not free. You see here to the right of the keypad, the cost per minute. Right now, rates start at 2.3 cents per minute, for pay as you go calls and slightly more if you're in a country that charges VAT tax. This permanent rate will vary, depending on the country you're calling. Skype does display the permanent charge briefly as soon as you connect your call, but if you want to know in advance, check skype.com for the latest calling rates for each country. If you make a lot of international calls, you may want to consider getting a subscription.
There are several different plans available. Some of them give you unlimited calls. Others give you a bundle of minutes, and the pricing is based on the countries that you want to call. The permanent charges are comparatively low, but be sure to check around for the best rate if you're concerned with the cost. The convenience of calling from Skype could be worth a few cents a minute, especially if you want to do things you can do more easily on your computer like record the call and save the recording to your hard drive. And we'll get into that in an upcoming lesson. Okay, see here that I have a balance of $10 in Skype credits in my account.
So I'm ready to make a call. I'll go ahead and type in the number I want to call. I'm going to call Shea's cell phone. And now I can click the phone icon to place the call. >> Hello. >> Hi Shea, I'm calling you from Skype. How's my audio? >> Good. >> Great, thanks. I'll talk to you later. >> Bye. >> Calling mobiles and landlines from Skype, as you can see, is pretty straightforward. Skype also offer two other ways to communicate with phones. Skype numbers and Skype to go numbers. In upcoming lesson, I'll show you what you can use these numbers for and how to set them up.
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