tforteaching_logo.pngSkype is a communication tool for Windows, Linux, Mac and various smartphones, from where you can place audio/video calls and chat with people around the world.

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Getting Started

Features
- Chat and group chat
- Video and audio calling
  - Group Video (Pro Feature)
- Conference calls
- Calling landlines and mobiles
- Sending files
- Online numbers
- Skype Voicemail
- SMS (texting)
To get started with Skype, go to their website and download the program. Then sign up for an account, log in and you will be presented with an empty contact list, except for one contact called "Skype test call". You can try to call that number, to see if all your microphone and webcam settings is setup correctly.

Free Service

You can add other peoples contact names to your list, and thereby call their Skype account and get connected either with video/audio or audio only. This feature is completely free and is the main use of Skype.

Paid Services

Skype can also call regular phones, landline and cell numbers, but for a fee. To use this service, you need to add money to your Skype account, either by using PayPal or a regular VISA/MASTERCARD. After that, you will have access to low calling rates world wide, by calling through Skype.

Another paid feature, is group video chat. You can gain access to this feature, by paying a monthly fee or pay for a day pass - if video is not strictly necessary, an audio group chat will be available, and free!

Features

  • Chat and group chat
  • Video and audio calling
  • Conference calls
  • Calling landlines and mobiles
  • Sending files
  • Online numbers
  • Skype Voicemail
  • SMS (texting)

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