Skype | Skype is a telecommunications application software product that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, the Xbox One console, and smartwatches via the Internet and to regular telephones.
If you have ever used any of the Skype services, maybe call call a long distant friend or family member you will know just how easy it really is and just how little it actually costs. Skype is well known for its Skype to Skype free calling for example.
We have tested and used the international calling services with subscriptions and with Skype credit methods and this article is a briefing about the Skype services that you may find helpful if you are looking for cheap to free international calling.
For the non-tech viewers, Skype calls depends on the internet not landline cables. A lot of people around the world have given a negative attitude toward Skype calls such as bad quality, always busy etc. So first of all it is important to understand how Skype calls work.
The Skype company services are operate on an international level and use the highest quality VOIP hardware. If you call and it is “broken” the chances are 99.9% because of your own internet connection quality and speed. Before using any VOIP service your internet quality and speed is critical.
Skypes last years revenue as $550,000,000, not a lot considering that Skype is the largest VOIP service in the world, this is because the companys base-line is and always has been to supply free internet calling.
If its free why should you pay for Skype services?
Skype relies on subscriptions and Skype credits (to make phone calls) to survive, the money is invested into new data centers, which are also used for the free services (Skype to Skype calling – voce and video).
Paid-for services offered by Skype
Skype Credits – Skypes version of PAYG (pay as you go) enabling you to call any standard mobile or fixed telephone in the world (Skype free calling is for calling other Skype users only)
Skype Telephone Number (Caller ID) – This is a subscription service that gives you a real landline telephone number which people can call you on. One of the good things about a Skype Caller ID is that you can choose your preferred country, meaning that you can choose a UK, USA, Brazil or other countries to enable your callers to call you at a local rate rather than them having to pay for international calls. The use of a Skype telephone number is bound by rules, for example the service is intended for private use so you cannot use a Skype number for a call center for example (read the TOS). The Skype telephone number subscription includes answering machine so callers may leave a message if you do not respond to a call.
Call Forwarding – Have your calls forwarded to another number.
Skype To Go – Skype To Go™ numbers let you call friends, family and colleagues abroad at great Skype rates from any mobile or landline. Let’s say you live in New York and your friend lives in Australia. You’d like to call her when you’re away from your computer, but you don’t want to pay those hefty international call charges on your mobile or landline. Just give Skype your friend’s number in Australia and we’ll convert it into a Skype To Go number that you can call from any phone. Next time you’d like to call your friend, dial her Skype To Go number and you’ll get straight through at great Skype rates. Sounds like magic, doesn’t it? You can use Skype To Go on a calling subscription too.
This is a mere briefing of the Skype paid-for services, hook up to Skype to view all Skype services in more detail.