Friday, March 14, 2008

What is SkypeOut?

Voice over IP (VoIP) is about using the Internet as the transport medium to make calls from one person’s computer to another. This is fine, but Skype does it one better: A feature called SkypeOut lets you connect and make calls from your computer to a regular landline or cell phone. Pretty cool. Depending on where you are calling to (and from), SkypeOut can be totally free or there may be a small fee for its use. If you want to place a call using SkypeOut, you may need to purchase Skype credit. Choosing Tools➪ SkypeOut lets you purchase Skype credit if you need it. Incidentally, when you hold conference calls, the participants on the calls can be speaking from regular landlines.

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