How Skype Works
Start: To begin using Skype one must go to http://www.skype.com/download/skype/windows/downloading/ to download program onto computer. Downloading Skype is free and there is no start up costs involved to install it onto a computer.
Devices needed in order to use Skype: To use Skype you need to have a PC which is a Windows 2000, XP or Vista. Furthermore you will require a microphone or Skype phone in order to communicate to another party and will also require a webcam if you wish to make Skype video calls.
How to download Skype: On the given web address link this screen below will appear and leads the user through a simple 3 step process to download it.
The 2 main uses of Skype is to make calls to phones/ cell phones and secondly to make free video calls to other PC's
A.) How to make phone and mobile calls with skype
Check to see if the user you want to call is already a skype user, because calling between skype users is free. If not, you will need to have sufficient Skype credit before making the call to non-skype people.
Skype to skype calls: Simply add contact if they are not already on your contact page. Click on the person you want to call and click the green phone button. The recipient of your call cannot be on invisible or offline.
Skype credit: With Skype credit you can use Skype's great pay-to-use products like voicemail and text messaging feature, plus use for calling phones and cells. Create an account or sign into your current account and from there you can check your existing balance or buy more Skype Credit. Credit remains active for 180 days after your last use of a product or feature that uses credit. So making a single call, or sending a single text message will ensure your Skype Credit is active for a further 180 days.Skype Credit works on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Windows Mobile, WiFi phones, Cordless phones, Nokia Internet Tablet.
Once you have Skype Credit you're all set to make a call, here's how:
B.) How to make free video calls to other Skype users
To make free video calls you'll need the latest version of Skype and a webcam and headset (if you don't have a headset you can use the in-built speakers and microphone on your computer).