Have you tried Skype yet? If not, check out our previous tip for all the details. Remember, Skype is free when calling other Skype users.
1. Place calls from your cell phone
International is what I’m referring too. Skype’s rates calling abroad trump the land line or any cell phone companies hands down. Setup Skype To Go to get a local number in your area. Dial this number from your cell then dial your international number. The charges will be on your billed to your Skype account (less standard minutes) at their low rates. I just used my cell and Skype To Go to call a support company in Ireland for 6 minutes – cost me $.21.
2. Use Skype as a home monitor while away
Call your home Skype account from a remote location to see, and hear what’s going on. It’s really quite simple to do:
- After you’ve setup Skype at home, go to Tools, Options. Look under Call Settings and choose Advanced Options.
- Under Allow calls from, dot People in my Contact list only. Check Answer incoming calls automatically, and Start my video automatically.
- Ensure you’ve added your 2nd Skype account as a contact then just dial your home Skype anytime while you’re away.
3. Use Bluetooth for hands-free
I prefer a webcam with built in mic. But if you’re looking for privacy without the cords, sync your Bluetooth headset to your computer. You must have Bluetooth built in to your computer, or purchase a USB add-on. Once synced, go to Options. Look under Audio Settings to select Bluetooth.
4. Do you use your computer for Skype? You don’t have to!
For super ease of use, you can purchase a USB phone that connects to your computer. Take it a step further and look for a wireless phone. Sure! Skype Wireless phone works wherever you can find wireless access (not cell). Shop @ Skype for all the extra gadgets.
5. Skype is for your business too
Setup a real number to receive calls in Skype from land lines and cells. Voicemail, conference calls, call recording, transferring, and call logs are more options available. Check out Skype’s video overview.
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