Everything you ever wanted to know about
OK! Apart from FREE calls, cheap calls, and instant
chat -what else can Skype do for your business
Skype is a great tool, not just for your business, but in
general communications (read: phone calls) with family and
friends. Using the power of the Internet, you can now
make calls to just about anywhere, for very little cost -
even free. In this article, we'll tell you about
Skype, how to use it and how to set it up...
You may have hear the term 'VOIP' in the media lately.
This stands for 'Voice Over Internet Protocol'.
Plainly speaking, it just means you can use the internet
like a telephone line. All you need is a a handset
(phone), and a piece of software to make it all happen.
And that's all that Skype is. An easy to use piece of
FREE software that let's you use the internet like a phone
You don't need to understand all the number-crunching that
goes on in the background!! Just how to use it.
And if you can use your normal phone, then that's all the
skill you need.
So, what does it do??
Well, with Skype installed on your computer, you need to
register as a Skype user. This let's you call other
Skype users for free, anywhere in the world, as often and
for as long as you like. When you register, instead of
a phone number, you'll get a Skype name - ours are
hullabalooglenn and chillsessionsgeoff.
You can add names of other users to your contact book - this
is the same as a rolodex.
wait, there's more. MUCH more!
Say you want to call someone on a normal phone. Well,
you can do this easily - and very, very cheaply. It's
done with what's called: 'Skype Credits'. This is
where you deposit a small amount of $$ into your Skype
account. This is about $15. Now, you can call
cell phones, and make international calls.
This is how we do our support calls for The Chill Sessions.
And it costs us only 2.3 cents per minute.
YOU READ THAT RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!
2.3 cents per minute. Do you think it's worth
getting to know Skype now??
And there's still more (I should be on a a commission!!)
You can also instant message to other Skype users, PLUS send
files to them. How about using Skype to send an audio
to your clients? Got you thinking now?
Alrighty then. All you need to do is download and
install Skype - remeber it's free to do this. You only
need $$ if you want to make calls to 'non-Skype' phones
(this is called making a 'Skype-out' call).
BIG TIP >>> you'll be able to Skype us for
questions/suggestion/ have a chat!!
To download, just
click here to go to the official download page.
When open run the .exe file (this is the file you download),
you'll see a very helpful 'what to do next' page, that takes
you through the 'wizard' to get you set up. When
you're done, you call a test number and listen to a very
nice UK voice telling you all is well.
So now you have really cheap access to teleseminars and
conferences, overseas contacts, and other tools - oh,
and us, too!
So get to it and set up your own Skype. It'll also
make things very easy for our upcoming 'user vault' - but
more on that later.
Additional info: we find it's best to use a
headset type mic and earphone. If you need more info on
those, check out this article to see what we