How to make the most of Skype

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Skype -- -- is a telephony application that allows members to make or receive audio or video calls. It was released in August 2003.

Recommendations - Let others know when you are skypeable.

Bell-like clarity or broken down

Alternatives: Google+ Hangout, Facebook, FaceTime

Downsides - No easy way to record or webcast a skype call

Tip - Scheduling a call with more than one person? Use Doodle!

FYI - Skype does not recognize the word 'skyping' in spell check


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Have you created an account on Skype?
Can you login on your laptop? On your phone? On your tablet?
What version of Skype are you using?
Does your microphone work?
Does your webcam work?
Have you changed your mood message?

Bonus Point: Do you remember your Skype Name and password?

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Skype -- -- is a telephony application that allows members to make or receive audio or video calls. When both parties are on Skype, the calls are free. Skype is available in 28 languages and is used in almost every country around the world.

Tip - Make sure your mood message is current!

Cost: Free-Premium accounts
Requirements: Account on Skype
Advantages: Free Skype-to-Skype calls
Advantage of premium account: You can call land lines
Shortcomings: Connections are sometimes faulty as the call drops out; not as tricked out as Google Hangout
Skype - - es una aplicación de telefonía que permite a los miembros para hacer o recibir llamadas de audio o vídeo. Cuando ambas partes están en Skype, las llamadas son gratis. Skype está disponible en 28 idiomas y se utiliza en casi todos los países del mundo.

Consejo - Asegúrese de que tu mood message (mensaje de estado de ánimo) es actual!

Costo: Cuentas Gratuito-Premium
Requisitos: Cuenta en Skype
Ventajas: llamadas gratis de Skype a Skype
Ventajas de cuenta premium - Puede llamarme lineas convencional (landlane); no es tan buena como Google Hangout
Desventajas: Las conexiones son a veces defectuosas.


  • If you have problems with audio, use a headset with a built-in microphone.If you have problems with audio,
  • Tell your friend to get a headset.
  • If you have multiple applications running and have problems with a skype call, reboot your computer and limit the number of applications that are running

A few words about protocol and etiquette

Send a text alert via skype before a call
If you've scheduled a call at a certain time, make sure both parties understand the degree to which they need to be punctual or relaxed
Skype quality can be compromised if one of the parties is uploading or downloading a large file simultaneous to the chat. If you can, pause the uploading or downloading during the call.

Sharing Screen

You can share your screen on Skype. Click the "+" button below the image and when prompted, click 'start' (In Spanish, 'iniciar')

Pet Peeves

We didn't recognize your Skype Name or password (well, which is it?!)
Skype can be a time drain
People saying let's skype in 10 minutes and let 20 minutes go by ...
People who only message on Skype





Skype: Levels of Engagement - Niveles de Compromiso (tools)

Be attentive
Be attentive
Call land line
Llama lineas por tierra
Be creative
Conference call


Set up a caller identification to display your number on phones you call from Skype.


How would you rate the overall quality of this call?

10 Skype Chat Tricks for Power Users - Mashable

Translating: How are you going to see me if I am invisible?

Spanish: ¿Cómo me vas a ver si soy invisible?

Translating: Do you know how to add a contact on skype? we could have a 3-way

Spanish: ¿sabes tu cómo agregar un contacto en Skype? Podríamos tener un 3-way

Pet peeves
group calls gone astray are like a horror movie where participants disappear by attrition
inability or unwillingness to figure out technical solutions



Sending SMS messages from Skype requires Skype 2.5 or above. If you have an earlier version of Skype you can upgrade for free.
To start sending SMS from Skype, you need Skype Credit. There is a small charge for this service.
You can receive alerts of new voicemail messages via SMS or as converted voice to text with SpinVox.

2011 Stats

29 million people online on Skype


Skype was founded in 2003 by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis. Skype generates revenue through its premium offerings such as making and receiving calls to and from landlines and mobile phones, as well as voicemail and call forwarding. Skype, based in Luxembourg, has relationships with a growing network of hardware and software providers and is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY). Learn more about who invented skype!


Vouchers for free Skype Credit are included with some headsets or other accessories as a promotion. If you do not have a free voucher and wish to buy Skype Credit then you can make a purchase in our Skype webstore Skype Store In selected countries, you can also buy Skype Vouchers with cash in retail outlets.

Recommended Reading

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Any tips on calling cellphones (from abroad and in country) via skype?
Is there a way to send a text message to a cell phone via skype?


Recording Skype Calls

There are several options
Screenr can be used on Macs and PCs with the added benefit that the conversation goes immediately to the Web (instead of having to be archived or edited on your computer)
Example -

Mac users - Check out Ecamm’s Skype Call Recorder

QuickTime can also be used to record screencasts

PC users Check out Pamela for Skype

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If you are available for a short period of time, tell your Skype friends
i'm around the next 30 minutes if you are skypeable'


Default Language
Skype is currently available in English, Bulgarian, Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, Estonian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Portuguese (European), Polish, Russian and Spanish. Skype automatically detects your system language and uses that language for Skype. If you are using a system language that is not supported by Skype, your default language for Skype will be set to English.
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Skype Premium.

Choose how you would like to pay===
Pay every month - $8.99
Pay every 3 months - $26.97
Buy now and get 10% off
Pay every 12 months - $107.88
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Your credit will become inactive in 7 days
You don't seem to have used any of your Skype Credit in a while. It becomes inactive if you haven't used it in 180 days. But don't worry - once it becomes inactive, you can reactivate it whenever you're ready to use it. Simply sign into your account online and follow the option to Reactivate credit.
Your account details:
Skype Name: ronmader
Balance: $21.03
How do you keep your balance active?
It's simple. Do any of the following and your Skype Credit balance will be active for another 180 days:

- Call any phone (landline or mobile) - even if the call lasts for just one second.
- Send an SMS message direct from Skype.
- Purchase a personal Skype Number, subscription or voice messages using your Skype Credit.
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