Product Type: Skype utilities
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Skype has been around for several years on the Internet. It's a program which people can use to phone each other for free via the Internet. Skype also offers the option of phoning landlines and mobile telephone numbers (national and international). Users can download the program for free of the Skype website and the user only needs speakers and a microphone.
What are the features of Skype?
Phoning Landlines and mobile telephones
Skype offers different amount of features. Users can not only phone each other but also landlines and mobile phones. This feature is possible from your computer, mobile phones and the option is also available at some televisions of Samsung and Panasonic.
Skype gives the option to send texts to other Skype users but also to mobile telephone numbers.
Skype started to the option to phone each other for free but for the last few years it also offers the option of free video calling. Skype also gives users the option of making HD quality video calls. For this the user needs a HD webcam, the latest version of skype, a dual core processor and a internet connection of at least 512 Kbit/s.
Group video calling
You can hold a video conference with Skype with two or more people at the same time. To use this feature at least one of the participants needs a Skype Premium subscription which can be bought on the Skype website.
With your home computer and laptop you can download Skype from the official website. Skype runs only on computers with Windows, Mac and Linux operation systems. Skype can also be downloaded for the mobile phone with Android, the iPhone and Symbian phones. It's also available for the iPad. Some televisions of the brand Samsung and Panasonic can be used with Skype.
Installing the program is very easy and you only need to download the file and then you can just follow the instructions on the screen. You just need to create an account and you can use the program.
The cost of using Skype
Downloading Skype is free and calling/video chat with other Skype users is free but other services such as phoning landlines will cost you money. There are the following subscriptions are available:
Pay As You Go
A Skype user pays only for what he or she uses. The costs vary on whether it is a landline or mobile number. To use Skype the user must buy credit before able to make phone calls.
Pay per month
A user of Skype can subscribe monthly were he receives a certain amount of minutes every month.
When you want to use the option of group video chat he needs the Spype Premium which can be bought per month but also per day.
Using Skype worked well on my computer and I am particularly surprised about the quality of sound. I also have tried the video chat feature a couple of times and this went without any problem.The program is certainly a godsend when you know people who live abroad, because it's much cheaper.
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