Skype is a little programme for making free calls over the internet to anyone else who also has Skype. It's free and easy to download and use, and works with most computers.
Skype provides an international online communication service. It consists of a small piece of software that you can download from the Internet for free. If you have a broadband connection, you can call between two computers anywhere in the world. You can also conference up to 5 participants, send instant messages and share files. Voicemail will record a message for you if can't take the call, and allows you to send voice messages between users. What's really cool about Skype is that you can also call almost any number in the standard telephone network, receive calls from normal telephones and forward calls to up to 3 different numbers when you are away from your computer.
How do people use Skype?
Skype cannot make emergency (911, 999, 112, 211) calls.
People use Skype to stay in touch in ways that they haven't been able to before. They can talk to each other for hours free of charge (even though they may be thousands of miles apart). They can carry their landline number and check their voicemail wherever they go, and avoid roaming charges. Skype is also ideal for staying in touch where the telephone infrastructure is poor.
There are a lot of services out there that do a similar thing. We believe that Skype is different because it has the best call quality and works behind any computer firewall without any setting up. Your calls and chats are totally private because they are encrypted. You can make calls to any telephone and any computer, whether it is PC, Mac, Linux or PocketPC.
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