At a Glance
- Easy to use
- Cheap or free calls
- Large user base
- Call quality sometimes poor
- Text messages sometimes slow to arrive
This familiar software app offers a cheap (often free) way to make telephone calls.
Note: This review addresses version 4.0 of the
Here’s the simplest way to save money on your phone bill: Use
Skype. It lets you make Internet-based VoIP (voice over Internet
protocol) phone calls for free to anyone in the world who also uses
Skype on their PC, and make inexpensive calls from your PC to
landlines and cell phones worldwide. It’s also an instant messenger
If you’ve heard of Skype, but worried that it’s hard to set up,
worry not. It’s exceptionally simple to use. It will automatically
recognize your headset, microphone, and speakers, so you don’t need
to worry about configuration. To call another Skype user, enter a
user name, and you’re ready to go. You can also save a list of
users, so calling them back is simple. To call landlines and cell
phones, you’ll need to set up an account and buy credit. Then,
whenever you make a call, that credit is used.
Skype does more than phone calls. It also lets you video chat
and text chat as well, and send SMS messages. This newest version
of Skype also features nifty integration with Firefox–you can call
any phone number you see on a Web site with one click.
Note: This link takes you to the vendor’s site,
where you must register to download the software.