SKYPE Whats it all about ?

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  1. chrisboyo

    chrisboyo Funster

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    Skype Phone
    As a techno dinosaur, could some one please tell me (In easy to understand terms)
    how to go about it

    For instance
    Do i need a skype phone?
    Can I call any phone number even though its not a skype number?
    Does it have any effect on my current phone providers billing?
    How do i connect to it?
    Can I use it from anywhere, with internet connection?
    What does it cost?

    And anything else that you can think of for a techno failure like me

    Thanks in advance funsters
    Happy Daze:Doh:
    Chrisboyo
     
  2. peter H

    peter H Funster Life Member

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    Hope the above helps

    PS you dont need a web cam but it helps.

    Cheers
     
  3. scotjimland

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    1. No, you can use your laptop/desktop PC or Mac provided it has speakers and a mic, or you can use a head set.
    2. Yes, provided you have subscribed
    3. No.
    4. Download the Skype software
    5. YES
    6. Skype to Skype is FREE.. if you want to call land lines you need to subscribe.
     
  4. yorkshirepudding

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    I too am a technophobe but during the recent air travel debale it has proved invaluable in keeping intouch with my daughter and her family stranded in Lanzarote for seven days and with my neice stuck in Paris.

    However, to answer your question,

    Skyp is a form of vocal and/or video comunication between computers so you need a computer with a microphne and a webcam if you wat video. Once downloaded it is FREE!!! You can broaden the system to include calls to land lines and mobiles at home and abroad and the costs are well below most other providers.

    Onec downloaded and signed on it really is easy to use, even I can do it.
     
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    Hi there.

    My wife and i use Skype often as we have a 7 month old daughter and her grandparents live in the Isle of Wight and Hereford, whereas we live in liverpool.

    We Skpe our parents so they can view Chloe and how she is coming on via an internet feed. As long as the other person has a computer with camera this is possible.

    Although I am sure this can be done via computer with no visuals.

    As for calling numbers again i am sure this is easily possible but I believe this is only possible after you pay a fee. The video calling is completely free.

    When you pay a fee I think you will be able to call any number across the globe via your internet connection.

    Sorry i am not sure fo the prices though.

    hope this helps
     
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    Wow! So many replies in the time I wrote my answer. This site is great for anyone requiring help or advice.
     
  7. pappajohn

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    follow peter H's advise.

    note...it doesnt work on some internet dongles due to bandwidth restrictions.

    calls to landlines and mobiles and international numbers are charge for but at greatly reduced cost.
    buy credit on skypes website but you must make at least one call, to a landline, every six months or lose all credit.
    there is a list of charges on the skype webpage.

    i think minimum credit is £10

    calls from skype to skype are free.

    i called Abbey's help center in the uk from my hotel room in sanfrancisco via my laptop and hotels internet hotspot....20 minute call cost 17p total cost.

    the only additional cost is a microphone and earphones...usually combined in one unit.....and if you want video, a webcam.
     
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    I have a belkin skype phone as well , means I can pick up a connection without needing to take a computer with me
    it doubles as my wifi finder
    about the size of a mobile phone
     
  9. chrisboyo

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    Thanks All

    Another one for you

    If I were to make a call to a Skype number and their PC is not switched on, would it ring their end?

    Would it be worth using Skype for the majority of my calls, I never call international numbers but may use it when on hols abroad to phone home.

    Keep em coming
    Chrisboyo:thumb:
     
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    no it wont Chris...their pc must be on and skype must be active.

    i very rarely use skype now the novelty's worn off but it is a very cheap option to a fixed landline.
     
  11. peter H

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    No, you can only call a person on a computer if they are logged in. Friends etc will show as an icon on the skype window. You can find others via the directory. But a call to their computer requires that the computer is swithed on and they have skype running in the background.

    You can however, if you are subscribed, use skpye to call a conventional number or a mobile at any time, at a small cost.

    Oh you can also send a text message to a mobile with skype. Which I do because I can type on a keyboard much faster than I can text with a mobile. (I have to sit down in the quiet somewhere to use my mobile to text ! )

    Peter

    When you have loaded up skype, send me an IM and I'll show you how the calls work.
     
  12. Teasy2007

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    I investigated Skype, but was unsure of the possible costs, so decided to go with Yahoo Messenger. This is very straight forward and my family have downloaded the software so we can keep in touch where ever we are - in Spain even!

    It is very easy to use and the Messenger comes up with all your contacts when you log on, it shows who is online and you just click video or voice call, your computer and the person you are contacting rings and you click connect - easy peasy! No cost, no hassle, but you can only call computers which have the messenger software installed.

    Ginny
     
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    You could also buy a 3 skype pay as you go phone for 39.99p So you are signed in to skpe all the time. The phone can also be used as a 3G modem. Top up with £10 and get free 3 to 3 calls 15MB of internet and 600 texts for 90 days.
     
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    skype france and spain

    When we are abroad we use Skype all the time just create a Skype account and use your card to load some credit, We normally load £5.00 whitch buys over 8 hours talk time, around 1p a min to landlines, and 11p a min to mobiles or free computer to computer.
     
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    if you are a saddo geek like me and have an internet enabled "smart phone" you can Skype from your mobile too...

    JJ

    With an account you can also text to mobiles cheaply and IM Skype to Skype free (useful if your provider doesn't allow voice calls)
     
  16. Carol

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    Hi Chris, if I can do it you can to. just go into Skype download it for free, tell your friends or family who you want to keep in touch with to download skype as well as you will be sorted.
    We were are away now in St Davids was on the quiz last night and the skype rang it was friends in Switzerland on Skype.
    One point if you are on a dongle do not put your web cam up or you will loose your connection just use it as a call unless you have a strong connection.

    You should have said at Carmarthen and we could have had a go.

    Good Luck. Carol.
     
  17. chrisboyo

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    Well dear funsters
    I took a deep dreath, girded up my loins, settled down at the lappy and did it !

    Yes, all on my own, I downloaded SKYPE

    Thanks dear funsters for all your help :thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:

    Now then, all I gotta do is use it

    But i Think I will go and have a lie down first

    Happy Daze
    Chrisboyo
     
  18. stuhaynes

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    Skype - Brilliant!!


    There is some very good info here but hope you don't mind if I add my tuppence worth.

    If you're not aware you can get a Skype number that looks just like a land line number. This is useful to me because I operate my business from our boat and don't want to make it look as if I using only a mobile.

    Skype calls are very cheap, especially international ones.

    Make sure that you get the best deal on your dongle. I'm using one from '3' and getting 15 gigs a month for £15. If you have less than that you risk going over your limit and they charge through the nose for extra usage. If you already have a '3' dongle with only 1, 3, or 5 gigs a month (the older contracts) make sure you check their site regularly to make sure you don't go over.

    I don't live in a house, but if I did, I would install Skype instead of either a landline or mobile. Save a fortune!

    Hope this helps
     
  19. nicholsong

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    I registered for Skype some time ago but found it of little use in my circle. Maybe i need to be updated on current use.

    Please answer the following:-

    1. Is there a directory of users and how is it accessed? - by name, geographical etc., I do not want to e-mail all my contacts every month to ask 'Are you on Skype yet?'

    2 I do not like to leave my computer on-line because of hacking/virusi (sic)-from the Latin, like what not many US Citizens do not understand). So is there any kind of alert system on Skype which says 'missed call'?

    3 How does it work compared to Raketu, to which I also subscribed but could not get on-line ( they owe me £6)

    At the moment I have Talk Talk contract at home - Line about £11 plus £6.49 for Broadband, free evening +W/E calls, 36 country calls all day (most of the ones I want) and many others e.g Norway 2p/min.

    Geoff
     
  20. activecampers

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    I think all the Skype questions are answered above.

    We only use it to "skype out" to, say, call parents on their normal number. then say "turn your laptop on and we'll call you for free" :) So call costs 1-2p max.

    If you use skype out you need to pay (as mentioned by others). Use a cashback site though - you get 25% cashback :) See http://www.doyourdream.co.uk/resources-downloads/making-money-us-you/ for a bit of info on cashback sites.
     
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