Skype: Make Regular or Video Phone Calls Anywhere in the World Free!

George Jetson talks to Mr. Spacely
George Jetson talks to Mr. Spacely

Free Phone Calls

(Note: The writer of this article has no affiliation with Skype or it's products. Neither do any of his relatives, and there are no financial considerations between any of them for the writing of this article.)

It wasn't very long ago we were watching George Jetson receive harassing video phone calls from his boss, Mr. Spacely. We've seen it in countless science fiction films. We knew that it would be reality some day, but what we couldn't have known, what our minds could not have fathomed, was that it would be free of charge. Absolutely, no-strings-attached free. Skype is here.

Most people think of Skype as video calls only, and who wants the other party to see you sitting there in your jammies, mussed up hair, and your 10 AM cocktail in your hand. But Skype can be used for regular phone calls or video calls easily, and you can make and receive calls from anywhere in the world, providing the other party has Skype too. Oprah swears by it.

What's Free and What's Not

So if it's free, how does Skype make money? Simple. Only some services are free. There are upgrades—using your Skype to call land phones, for example—available for a nominal charge. In addition, Skype sells a variety of accessories such as headsets and webcams. Below are the details of what's free and what costs money.

Free Skype Services

  • Make or receive phone calls anywhere in the world.
  • Make or receive video phone calls anywhere in the world.
  • Transfer calls to people on Skype.
  • Instant Messaging and Group IM's.
  • Conference calls.
  • Forward calls to people on Skype.

Skype Services for an additional charge.

  • Call land and mobile phones.
  • Receive calls from land and mobile phones with an online number.
  • Send and receive voice mails.
  • Skype to go number.
  • Forward calls to phones.
  • Send SMS (text) message.
  • Transfer calls to land phones and mobile.

Some of these services are charged on a per use basis, and others are covered as part of your subscription plan. See the Skype website for rates and subscription levels.

How to Get Started on Skype

It's very easy to get started. Simply download Skype from their website and you're pretty much ready to go. While you can use the built-in microphone on your computer and your computer’s sound card (if it is equipped with one,) it is worthwhile to invest in a headset for superior quality. Very nice ones are available for less than $20.00. If you are planning on making video calls, you will need a webcam, which are readily available at reasonable prices.

Once you have downloaded the program, you will choose your Skype username, which is your Skype number and what others use to call you. You may also add anyone else's username to your call list. If you don't know their username, use the Skype search window to find it. You can also test your headset to confirm that the microphone and headphones are working properly. You may do this as many times as you like.

Easy to Use

Using Skype to make and receive phone calls couldn't be easier. To make a call, simply select the party you wish to call and click on the “call” button. When you receive a call, it will ring just like a regular phone. Your caller ID will tell you who is calling. To answer, simply click on “Answer.” If you are not online or choose not to answer, the caller can leave a text message. The next time you open Skype, it will tell you who's calls you have missed.

There are phones made which can be used either as a cell phone or a Skype phone. These allow you to free yourself from your computer while still making and receiving Skype calls. You can use your regular cell phone however with a simple USB adapter.

So say goodbye to those expensive long distance and over-seas phone calls. Now you can call your relatives, friends, and business contacts any place in the world, anytime night or day, and all for free. I have met George Jetson and he is us.

To download Skype and get more information, visit the Skype website here.

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Randy Behavior profile image

Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean

I need this info, thanks. I'm bookmarking it.


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justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

I see, so you're saying "W" was right when he said that people could learn about the future by watching the Jetsons? ;D


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

I need to get my mother to skype, but when I mention it she thinks it's some kind of disease and we have a ten-minute conversation about computers calling computers and then I give in and say yes. It's a skin disease on sheep.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

Skype saved me thousands of dollars! When my husband was still in England we used to talk via Skype all the time. He still talks to his family back home via Skype. We love it!


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hot dorkage 7 years ago from Oregon, USA

Im gonna finally learn to use skype when I am recovering from my operation. I'm kinda phone phobic anyway so have avoided it, but I have friends in Europe.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Randy: That's great. Then we can Skype each other in the middle of the night and whisper sweet nothings and talk dirty...and it'll never show up on any bills!

Suzanne: Well, we still don't have robots named Rosie, flying cars (almost) and buttons you can push and have a delicious meal pop out, so he's still on the short end. Way short.

Theresa: Yes, I have thought it could be difficult to talk an elderly person into it, but many are using computers now and they wouldn't have any trouble. My father in-law still wont talk into answering machines! The "skin disease on sheep" is hilarious!

KCC: It's amazing, isn't it. I just got it to talk with a perspective employer in London, and I love it. (He turned out to be an idiot or a terrorist - not sure which) but at least I got Skype out of the deal. For overseas calls, there is nothing that compares! And of course with the costs of overseas calls - Ai yi yi.

HDorkage: You'll love it, especially with your friends in Europe.


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

I love skype, I've been using it since 2006 and couldn't do without it. It's the best thing since sliced bread. My online business relies on it, without it I'd be stuffed. The new upgrade is fantabulous. I too could have shares or get commission for free word of mouth advertising. If someone says "Do you have MSN?" Am quick to say "Nope, skype is the go." To me the difference is like driving a Mercedes or a VW!

See, this is a great way to network via hubpages. If you want my skype handle and are in my fan list send me a note and we can get connected. It could be heaps of fun.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi, Jewels! How are things on the ethereal plane today? So nice to hear from you. Nothing like experience to speak with authority. I'm a newbie and totally amazed! Makes me want to call an old girlfriend in Rio...just cause I can! Plus, since I have just started whoring myself out as a writer via Guru (and soon Elance) I have to be able to have multiple conversations with people overseas and there's no way I could afford that if not for skype.

I'd love to talk to you on Skype (though I don't know what we'd talk about.) If you mean on your fan list here, at HubPages, I'm sure I am. I'm not regularly "on" though, but I be happy to exchange handles - not in public, of course.

Thanks for coming by and your well informed testimonial! We'll talk!


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

I multi task, as I keep skype operating 24/7, or at least while I'm online which is about 25/7! So skype typing is the norm. Just typing hi can make a persons day. And if you don't want me to interrupt you then just put yourself in Do Not Disturb, or Away mode and I'll just sook and ignore you.

So many hubbers are likely to spend the vast majority of their day at a keyboard and have a virtual world of friends. Skype bridges to something even more personal. So I'm game.


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justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

I see. So you don't believe that man and fish can co-exist peacefully? LOL!

Sorry, I just took down my Bushisms poster and replaced it with a lovely Obama poster. I gotta get some last mileage out of some of these gems before I give it to the neighbor kids to use as a dartboard!

I may try Skype to talk with my sister in CA, if she will go for it!

Thanks much for the good information! :) It surely inspires me to make the pie higher.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Jewels: I got your message. Perhaps I'll give you a call tomorrow, just for fun! I am also on line constantly - if I'm home, I'm online pretty much constantly. Does "sook" mean something or is that just a typo?

I'll respond to your email later. Peace out.

Suzanne: I don't recognise you without your renaissance head. I don't know what the fish comment means. I guess Bush said something about that.

I think you'll love Skype. It's really easy to set up and use. Talk her into it! Especially if you are paying for long distance.


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

I'm a Skypie too! Isn't it great how no one's too far away or forgotten anymore? And even the paid service is sooo reasonable! Thanks for spreading the skype fever.

Teresa - you are hilarious :D


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Hi Christoph you are looking mighty dandy today may I say.You know I have spent hours on Skype, talking a hundred miles an hour. I talk to a whole variety of people I have met online, often while painting my toenails, or eating dinner. I have gone through 3 headsets in the last 3 months,once I sat on them by mistake,another time I dropped them and another time,well I forget that one. All this time I was not aware of all these extras Skype can offer, so thanks Christoph once again.Anyway must go someone is beeping me from the Bahamas on Skype,I better see what he wants. Have a great day.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

G'day Christoph, sook in OZ means sulk as in "you hurt my feelings" (pout) very effective for a "girl" not a good look for a guy!

I've been using skype for a while now and find it great. You need plenty of bandwidth for the video to work properly.


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

Like a childish cowardly sulking, yes. I only do it when I'm being ignored. LOL

Tks ag. Yes, I rarely use video, it distorts the conversation too much. And Telstra's not likely to lift their game anytime soon so that is a long term issue!


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Jewels, how could anyone ignore you? I'm sure you could charm the skin off a crocodile! There is a senate committee hearing going on now about the broadband in Australia, so that will be it for about 10 years I guess. LOL


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Shalini: Wow! It seems like everyone has been on Skype except me! I'm so glad I found it. Didn't mean to give anyone a fever though. Take some aspirin and get plenty of rest!

BlondePoet: The world is getting smaller! I didn't know there were so many sexy ladies on there. I'll have to start making prank phone calls! Actually, you probably can't do that, eh? Have to be on their list. Thanks for stopping by and your always charming comment!

AG: Seems to be very popular in Australia. I wouldn't want video anyway. Don't want them seeing that 10AM cocktail in my hand! Thanks for "sook." Should have thought to look it up in my Aussie dictionary.

Jewels: Don't sook, Pookie! I'll answer your calls and pay you lots of attention, even if it's just to say "howdy!"

And now I'll translate what you said for our American friends: The phone company in Australia is not likely to improve their service anytime soon, so you can expect the video Skype to have problems into the future.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Awwwwwww. Poor Pookie.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I'll bet your "sooking" just makes the boy's want to give you a big hug!


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Shady Lady 7 years ago from here and there

I love Skype! I use it all the time! Thanks for the informative Hub!!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Shady Lady: Well, with having to keep in constant contact with your lawyers, I'm not surprised. I'm starting to want to kick myself in the butt for not getting it sooner. Thanks for coming by and the comment, Shady Lady. You are always a sight for sore eyes!


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Christoph, the funny thing is THE phone company in Aus. was run by a yank, who has now resigned in a 'sook' and gone home with cap in hand ( did I forget the multi million dollar bonus) and left us to sort out our own communication stuff up.

Its is a long story ! I don't want to bore everyone. But needless to say it will need a lot of sorting!


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

I have Skype, too! I use it to talk to my daughter when she is thousands of miles away, visiting her dad! I get to see her, and everything. She gets a huge kick out of it!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Ag: Yea, Americans seem to be very good at that sort of thing.

Anna: Wow. Screw my disclaimer at the top; Skype should be paying me money for this! (You hear that, Skype? Contact me through my mail. Ahem.) That's cool, Anna. Don't hit me, but how old is your daughter again?


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

Why one earth would I ever hit you? I don't think I have ever actually mentioned her age. She is an adorable, intelligent 5 year old. A princess! Skype should be paying you...or at least unlimited free services!!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Well, I thought you had perhaps mentioned it and I forgot. She sounds adorable. I'll bet she does love it...and I bet you do too! It must be so sweet to talk to her and see her when she is away.

(Did you read what Anna wrote up there, Skype? Only she meant to say, "and a nice hunk of money!)


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

Yes, money!!! Lots of money!!! If I say it enough, maybe you will share?? Lots and lots and lots of money!!!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Haha sexy ladies I really don't know as all my friends on there are males, I have met through playing Halo online.I am the queen of the rocket launcher haha. Sorry Christoph I know this will shatter you I did not mean to mislead you . I am happy to talk to women too, I would love to, I just don't know any yet. Anyone who wants to add me on Skype, my user name there is blondyygirl from Australia, as long as you can bear the dinky di accent. I love talking to people all over the world, I love all the accents too.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Anna: I'll share, I'll share!  Money, money, money!

BlondePoet:  Well, you're so cute!  I assumed you only talked to boys.  I am referring to the hubbers who have commented here, to wit:  KCC, Jewels, Shaline, Shady lady, Anna, and I'm sure many more I don't know about yet.  You're not the only sexy girl in the skype sea, ya know.

Actually, I'd love to hear your accent.  I love accents.


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justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully." —Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 29, 2000


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

Does a southern Texas drawl count? *wink*


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Until we poison or eat them, anyway.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Your darn tootin it does, little missy!


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justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

Ok! I'm finished Shanghai-ing your comments! I just got off on a tangent when I saw this article about this fantastic wave of the future as demonstrated by George Jetson! Cheers! :D


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

You haven't Shanghaied my comments, and you're welcome to anyway. Thanks for the compliment you tucked in there. It's always nice to have you. You know that, don't you? Well, it is. I'll tell you a story: The Mrs. and I were in London back when W. hadn't been President for very long yet, a couple of years maybe, and we saw on the telly a little story showing all the stupid things he had said. Well, we laughed our asses off, but we were actually embarassed to be from America and to see how they were making fun of him - deservedly so. So, I share your sentiments.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Hi CR I have skype too but it is not actually free. You pay for it in your broadband bundle. Skype consumes quite a bit of bandwidth. So you actuallly pay for it in your top up charges depending on how much "skyping" you do. In SA where bandwidth is relatively narrow and still quite expensive, this can be costly. Also if you use a 3g card from a cell phone company some of them monitor the signal shape and can detect that you are using Voice Over IP (VOIP) technology and can (some do) charge you at the telephony rate rather than the data rate. The whole subject here is quite touchy as the market for land lines, Mobile and Voip is still being hashed out. None the less lots of us use Skype for "free".


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

True sixty, you have to have an unlimited use package for downloads. But once you have that it's open slather.

Ag. Yep, I'm not holding my breath on broader bandwidth. Have to accept what can't be changed by imbeciles and greedy monsters.

And I love hugs, even if it is via skype. They have these great emoticons, ones a huggy bear. I use it often. And a kissing one, that gets a bit of a workout, and a cheeky mouth over hand one, use that allot.

And just so you don't get confused. I'm not a sook, not really. :D Ahem!


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Princessa 7 years ago from France

I've used Skype for a long time now. The service can be a bit unreliable sometimes here in France but most of the time it is good and it keeps improving. It has saved me lots of money calling and video calling South America.


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Christoph, you really do sound like a kid in a candy shop about Skype. I've never had much of an interest in using it, but you have me interested now. Definitely, Skype should be paying you for this promotion. Thumbs up, as always.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

sixtyorso: Sorry to hear that Skype can be expensive in your neck of the woods. Good thing I only have a total of 1 reader in SA - you.

Hi, Jewels!

Princessa: I should have figured that an Interntional jetsetter such as yourself would already be a skyper! Glad you enjoy using it. Maybe someday I will need it to the extent you do, what with being hired for writing projects all over the world. Thanks for the visit and the comment!

Sally: Thanks for coming by. I am just starting with it myself, but already find it remarkable. Not having any of the above mentioned problems myself, I wasn't even aware they existed. Thank you for the comment.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean

Ummm Skype would show my face though, right? I couldn't do THAT.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Randy: Well, only if you use it as a video phone. Most people just use it as a regular phone - no webcam, no face, etc. Whey? What's wrong with your face?


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean

I couldn't let you see it, then I'd have to kill you. Nothing personal.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Randy: My handlers, too, will not let me show my face. You could just stand up though and show only your midriff!


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Christoph Reilly, Skype is also good for transferring files and just the old fashioned "chat" if you are down on bandwidth, or not hearing too good.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Ag: I was using it to chat today. What do you mean "transferring files."


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Chris, sorry I had to go out for a while. If you want to transfer a file (eg a jpg) file

You will find on bar just above where you type your message the is a button? that reads "send file" click on that and you can browse your puter to select a file. You may have to have a conversation started . If you want to contact me via email we can experiment?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Yes, I've seen that. I get it. Thanks.


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

My brother has been after me to do Skype for a year, so maybe I'll break down and give it more consideration. When I do, then perhaps we should do lunch...the Skype way. lol! This really is like the Jetsons, but I'm still waiting for that contraption where you push a button and food pops out fully cooked, hot and ready to eat. A jet pack would be nice too. ;)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Pam: You should do it! It sounds like fun! Yeah, gots to have me a jetpack! And the food that comes out better taste good. Thanks for saying hello. Hi right back at you!


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Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

I was just thinking this week about looking into Skype and am thrilled that you provided an overview that helps me look at it objectively. In order to use it, I think I heard that your VoIP has to have a score of 3.3 or better? If that's true, there is a free service for that TestYourVoIP off EXFO Service Assurance that was easy to use. Useful hub!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Jerilee: Thanks for coming by and the info on checking your VoIP. I'm sure that will come in helpful. Thanks for the comment!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Chris, I've been told that leaving links to your own Hubs in comments on other peoples Hubs is very impolite. Is that correct?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Ag:  Yeah.  It is.  Depends on the circumstances though.  If it's someone else's hub and you didn't ask for it, it is.  I should have deleted the one above.  That's just spam.  But if it's an outside link and it is relative to your hub, then that can be Ok.  It really depends on the people involved.  For example, if you did it to me, it wouldn't bother me because I know you and we're friends, but that person up there is a total stranger to me, so that's unacceptable.

I must have been in a benevolent mood to let it pass. It looks like I mean't to write something snotty and got side tracked.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Chris, yeah mate, her avatar was rather distracting. I must admit I just had to go and have a look myself. LOL.

I swear though "never again" *fingers xed behind back*


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Ag: Ha, ha! You devil you!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

OMG. You just answered the questions I've had about this for about 8 months now. My friends have all been asking the same questions too. Now I can sound like I know what I'm talking about or e-mail them this hub. Super awesome! Thanks Christoph!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Frieda: I'm glad I was able to help you. I always will help you if I am able, my fellow show-me person. Thanks for checking this out. I appreciate your reading and your comments. Very much!


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Lisa HW 7 years ago from Massachusetts

I love Skype - and besides all the calling, there's always chatting with contacts if you're not in the mood to talk. Apparently, there's chatting with any number of people, but I've never bothered to learn about that.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I've just done my first chatting a couple of days ago with a couple of hubbers. I also have no idea how to do the group chat thing. Thanks for coming by and the comment. I appreciate it.


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

It's easy. Click on "Chats", then click on 'start a group chat'. Then you just pick who you want to chat with. If they are available, you can chat with them.

Oh, and Skype should give Christoph lots and lots of money!!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Don't worry, Anna. I remember my promise to share! And thanks for the group chat info. don't know if I'll ever use it, but who knows?


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

Christoph - I just tagfooted you so that others can share in this hub - I was on skype but didn't use it properly so will now rejoin and try again...thanks for the info. and cheers


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Thanks Ajcor! I had never heard of tagfooting and had to look it up. Thank you for tagfooting me! Always nice to see you, so cheers to you!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Hi Christoph just logging in to say a big Hi here to you, I hope your ten stories are going down well. Hopefully your wee hand has not dropped off yet.Can you imagine that Chris, you would then have not only a removable head but a hand as well haha.Your score of 100 too,I will raise a glass or two to that. :)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi BP! Did you get my message this morning? Thanks for dropping in. Stories are going well. I'm down to only 2 left a 4 days to do them in. Woo hoo! Pretty soon, everything of mine will be removable! Ha ha! Raise a glass for me too, would ya?


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Haha everything removable now that sounds interesting.What fun to put you back together like a jigsaw puzzle.Wooooooooooooooooot.No, I never got any message, where would that be CR, so I can head the right direction to see. I am lost without my compass lol.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

No, you got it. On Skype. But I left you an emoticon several days ago too. Talk to you later!


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

Speaking of Skype, I and my husband,have been, literally,surviving on Skype video conferencing for the last three years as he stays out of the country for most part of the year. Women like me should really be indebted to such technology; it has made life easier for so many people. Great hub.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Anjalichugh: Thanks. Another satisfied Skype customer. I'm so happy I was forced into doing it. Don't know how I ever did without it! Thank you for the comment.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

As you know, I try not to talk to anybody, especially if they are relatives so when I first read this, I knew about it, but didn't think it really fit into my life. A couple of days ago, I went to use my debit card at the store and they said it was declined. I of course panicked, but I figured bank error, sometimes that happens. Two more days went by and I tried a few times to use my card to my embarrassment, it was declined but I didn't have time or energy to deal with the bank. Today, I called the bank and looked online at my account. Skype, Skype, Skype, my wife had used my card to call all her international friends and the bank seeing irregular behaviour shut down my card down. Even though the total charges were like twenty bucks after two days of talking on her computer. Good deal for her, but rough time for me but way cheaping than the calling card.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

She must have been calling land or cell phones -as opposed to someone else on their computer - since there is a charge for those, but not for computer to computer. I'm told their rates are good for those types of calls, but I wouldn't know. Of course, when YOU'RE paying for it, that's the best rate of all!


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean

OK I downloaded it. Now I guess I'll read some more. Baby steps.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

linjingjing: I too favor this. Thanks.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I use Skype and it is quite amazing and of all people you wrote about it, thanks bunches.:)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi AEvans: Isn't it great? What's odd about me writing about it, I wonder? Thanks for coming by and the comment.


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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

thanks for great idea.


tom 7 years ago

Skype in South Africa is NOT free. Video usage is deducted from the data cap purchased from an Internet service provider on a monthly basis. Data caps in SA are expensive and sold by the 1 gig. Can anyone tell me how much data is used on a skype to skype video call lasting 30 minutes. I do not own a webcam and even if I did I cant afford to run expensive tests like this.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Tom: Sorry to hear that...but of course it's not free because of the country, not because Skype charges you for it. I wish I could help you with your question. Thanks.


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Lamme 6 years ago

I love using Skype. In fact, I use it every night. It doesn't use up cell phone minutes, you can have the video on or off, if you prefer. It's not always the best reception, but it certainly does fine. Great hub.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Lamme: Glad you liked it. Obviously, I am a big supporter of it. Thanks for the thought!


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Jennylee 21 months ago

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