Skype is a service that enables you make free internet calls and chat on your computer, mobile phone, tablet or other devices. You can make free voice and video calls to other Skype users as well as chat and share with them all for free. For a small fee Skype also enables you make local and international calls to mobile lines and landlines worldwide at very low rates.
Free Calls and Chat
Back in the days Skype was known as just a VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service popular for making internet calls. But, today Skype has evolved into an integrated internet communications service encompassing voice and video calls, traditional SMS, voice, video, and text messaging, as well as file and screen sharing.
Skype supports computers running Windows, Mac, or Linux as well as smartphones and tablets with Android, iOS, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone. There are also Skype enabled home phones and TVs. Sony PlayStation Vita also supports Skype.
Once you install Skype on your device, you can make free video and voice calls to other users. You can also do free voice, video and instant messaging with other users. While chatting on Skype you can share files, photos, and videos. Skype users can share their computer screen during chats or calls making it easy to get support or live tutorial.
You can also make group calls with up to 25 Skype users. All these you get for free.
Call Mobiles & Landlines
Skype also enables you call people who are not on Skype for a small fee. You can make international and local calls to mobiles and landlines all over the world at very cheap rates. All you need is buy some Skype credit with your credit/debit card and you can start enjoying low cost calls to over 200 destinations worldwide. You can also send SMS at very low rates on Skype.
Group Video Calls
One other exciting feature of Skype is the video conferencing for group video calls with up to 10 users. This is great for business meetings. You can be in your country and hold a meeting with up to 10 people in 10 different countries.
Making group video calls require a Skype Premium account. You can easily upgrade to Skype Premium with your Skype credit.
To use Skype you need internet access with a data plan. Making voice and video calls will also require fast internet access (3G/4G or Wi-Fi). You also need a microphone and webcam connected to your computer to make video calls. Only a microphone is required for a voice call. Learn More.
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