How to Make Landline Calls Using Skype

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Although using VoIP software Skype to make free PC to PC calls is useful, you can also use Skype to make inexpensive landline calls. Although rates vary from place to place, if you are looking to make Skype your primary phone service, this is a great feature you can use to call people with traditional phone service.

  • Launch Skype and log in to your account from your desktop. Once it finishes loading, go to the top menu bar and click on the Account menu and select "View your account."

  • Select the Overview tab and select either the Skype Credit or Subscription button to learn about adding funds to your Skype account and activating SkypeOut landline services.

  • Choose a plan that works for you. Browse the SkypeOut website to compare rates and decide what works best for you. If you don't anticipate making many landline calls, you can pay as you go with Skype Credit, but if you anticipate making many regular calls to landlines every month, then look into a monthly service.

  • Make calls. Once you pick your plan and set up your SkypeOut account, go back to your Skype contact list and click on the Call Phones tab. Enter the full phone number (including country code) into the keypad and then click on the green phone icon. If you are having trouble with the country code, Skype can assist you.

  • Keep track of your minutes. Because you are paying for your time making landline calls on Skype, it is a good idea to keep a close eye on how much you use, especially if you have a monthly plan. Keep track of your overall minutes by clicking on the History tab which is directly above your Skype contact list.

Tips & Warnings

  • The subscription plans come in bundles, so it is important not to commit yourself if you are unsure of how much you will use the service. It is always better to pay as you go with Skype Credit until you know exactly how you use the service and can budget a monthly service plan.
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