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Perfect Skype setup: Step one – get personal Skype account (FREE)

December 19, 2010 1 comment

By Vitaly Dubravin

Go to www.skype.com and click “Join Skype” (or “Create an Account”). This is simple and straight forward process.  Use your real name when asked – it is so annoying to see names like “anKJqm183” in the contact list. Specify your location as well. You will see why in the step three. Be careful choosing your Skype Name – your id in Skype – this is what you will give to others to connect. There is no way to change it! You will use this id for life. Skype also asks for your email – it is used to send you account related information (like Skype purchases). I have not seen any 3rd party messages coming to my email, so you should not be concerned about new spam heading your way. Profile information is optional, but is recommended – Skype will remind your friends that today is your birthday etc.

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Perfect Skype setup: Step two – install Skype and test it (FREE)

December 19, 2010 2 comments

By Vitaly Dubravin

You have to have Skype client somewhere to use it with your account. There are clients for almost all imaginable devices – from a laptop to a cell phone and even TV set. I’ll not be surprised if a fridge or a microwave version will come out soon. But your computer (Windows or Mac) is always a good starting point.

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Perfect Skype setup: Step three – add your buddies and colleagues with Skype accounts (FREE)

December 19, 2010 3 comments

By Vitaly Dubravin

Skype has reported over 100 million accounts created, so there is a good chance that your friends are already there. Use “Add a Contact” tab in Skype client to add them. Try searching by name first. You may get a huge list with people around the word with the same name.  Here is where location information becomes handy.

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Perfect Skype setup: Step four – add a subscription (it costs only $3 per month in the US, available in other counties as well)

December 19, 2010 1 comment

By Vitaly Dubravin

Skype subscriptions are the cheapest way to make frequent calls in the single country or region. Go to http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/prices/pay-monthly/ and get one.

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Perfect Skype setup: Step five – setup your voicemail (FREE)

December 19, 2010 1 comment

By Vitaly Dubravin

Skype comes with built-in voicemail support. You may choose not to use it and forward your call to your cell phone instead as I do. But there are situations, when Skype may choose to use it (rare, but happens). I recommend you to record your personal greeting for Skype voicemail just in case.

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Perfect Skype setup: Step six – add an online number (about $30 per year in the US)

December 19, 2010 2 comments
By Vitaly Dubravin 

This step is to allow everyone in the world to call you using a phone number. You Skype may have a real phone number or numbers in many countries across the globe. And it will cost you only $30 per number per year in most places.

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Perfect Skype setup: Step seven – add call forwarding to your cell phone (FREE)

December 19, 2010 2 comments
By Vitaly Dubravin 

Call forwarding a convenient way to stay available when you not at your desk, like going to a meeting or on the road. I have this feature active all the time.