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About Skype

About Skype

Skype is taking the world by storm with their free global calls. Skype will soon be extended to mobile devices and handsets.


Skype is a free service that allows anyone with a computer and Internet connection to call anyone else with the same at no cost. To get started all you have to do is download the program which is cross-platform. You will need a Skype phone (USB phone), a PC microphone and speakers or a PC headset to make calls. What’s more this program is simple to install, works behind most firewalls and gateways with no server or workstation configuration. Calls are encrypted for security reasons, and they maintain a strict privacy policy.

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About Skype

I knew it was over when I downloaded Skype,” Michael Powell, chairman, Federal Communications Commission, explained.

Our mission is to provide a simple, reliable and friendly communication tool that works. In other words the aim is for people to communicate with friends, family, and colleagues, more flexible, more cost-effective, and with better sound quality than ever previously imagined.

The million dollar question

I bet you’re wondering how does this program makes money? Simply by selling extra extended services. Here is a list of some of the very useful extras:

  • A voicemail box for people to leave messages on
  • With SkypeIn you can get a number identical to a landline number, so if your friends who aren’t using Skype wish to call you by dialling a regular number, you can still receive the call on Skype and you will receive the call regardless of where you are as long as you have an internet connection.

Written by The Original PC Doctor on 30/4/2009.

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