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How to Use Skype

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Skype Credit and Skype Premium
Some Skype services, such as making calls to landlines or cell phones, require you to purchase a subscription or use Skype Credit.
Some Skype services, such as making calls to landlines or cell phones, require you to purchase a subscription or use Skype Credit.
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If just talking to other Skype users isn't enough, you can use Skype Credit to pay as you go, or purchase a subscription to call landlines and cell phones. You can do either from inside Skype -- just click on a contact and then select "call mobile". To buy Skype Credit, you can also choose it from the "tools" drop-down menu or go on the Skype Web site. You also use Skype Credit to pay for lots of other services. For example, you can set up caller ID so your friends will know it's you when you use Skype to call them. They can also leave messages on your voicemail, or you can send SMS text messages to their cell phones.

If you'd prefer to take incoming Skype calls on your cell phone (or route calls to another Skype user), Skype offers a call-forwarding service. To cut back on long-distance rates, Skype offers an online number, a special phone number that your friends can call from any phone, that you pick up on Skype. You can also get a Skype to Go number, which you can assign to friends or family members and call them via your cell phone at discounted international calling rates. To purchase any of these, log in to your Skype account on the Web site and click on the name of the service.

If you want to make group video calls (only on computers -- people using Skype on their cell phones can join via voice), you may want to think about downloading Skype Premium. You can buy a day pass or get a subscription. Up to 10 people may participate, although Skype suggests that you limit it to five for the best video quality. Skype Premium also includes unlimited voice calls to the U.S. and Canada, live customer support and discounts on webcams.

Want to make your Skype experience even better? We'll give you some handy tips on the next page.