Beyond Skype to Skype: Calling Landlines and Mobiles
If you’re like a lot of working people who use Skype, you have a very lengthy contact list, and you initiate many free Skype to Skype voice and video calls throughout the work week.
But there are times when it’s necessary (or just more convenient) to call someone on his or her landline or mobile phone. Perhaps you have a standing Skype meeting each week and need to add someone who isn’t on Skype. Or you may work with a client in another country who is away from Skype that day. Fortunately, you can use Skype in those cases too.
Last year we wrote about the various payment options – both Pay As You Go and subscriptions – you can choose to cover these calls. But no matter which way you pay, you’ll likely find that using Skype to make the calls to landlines or mobiles translate into big-time savings. Because Skype calls cost as little as two cents per minute – domestically and internationally – you’ll almost certainly see the impact on your business’ bottom line.
Another big benefit: you can make Skype calls to phones from any Wifi-enabled device (just make sure you’ve got the free Skype app installed on your smart phone or tablet). So if you’re on your smart phone at, say, an airport or coffee shop, you can make calls around the world at Skype’s great rates when you need to talk with a client or colleague. Another cost-cutting advantage! You can even set your caller ID to appear as any of your numbers.
When you do make a call from Skype to a landline or cell phone, calling is easy. On a PC, you just click on the Call Phones icon in your Skype client, select the flag of the country you’re calling, and type in the number. It’s just as easy on a Mac, if you’re using Windows 8, or if you’re on a mobile device.
During some calls, you may need to dial an extension or do something else that requires a keypad. If you’re using Skype on a PC, there’s a Show Dialpad option at the bottom of the call box (it’s at the top right on a Mac, next to the search box). You also can use the dialpad in Skype on many mobile devices.
And there’s no need to retype a whole number every time you want to call it. Just choose the Save to Contacts option when you type in the number the first time, and it’ll be stored in your contact list.
Have you made calls to landlines and mobiles using Skype? Tell us about it.