Skype is a VOIP or voice over internet protocol software that supersedes the cellphone networks. It allows people to communicate over long distances instead of using mobile phones and using airtime. It provides services similar to telecommunication providers except that it uses the internet as its primary mode of communication both for text chat and voice chat.
As long as you have on your smart phone and use one of the recommended mobile data packages or then you will be able to make calls that you normally cannot make when using the services of your local telecommunication companies. You can even make complete free Skype-to-Skype calls when you are using wifi networks in the South Africa or elsewhere.
Skype mobile is a new feature developed by the makers of Skype in order to make phones such as Android phones, Blackberry phones together with iPhone and iPad units compatible with the Skype software application. In order to know more about this brilliant new feature, it is necessary to discuss it per phone.
Skype for android is an application made especially for the Android platform. It is compatible with both Wi-Fi connection and 3G connection, allowing you to make large scale calls via both connections. You can easily connect to other android phone users by using the Wi-Fi connection of the local mall or store situated in your area. You can also make full use of the 3G services being provided by Vodacom, Cell C or MTN if you are located in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth or Pretoria. All there is to it is to install the android based Skype in order to get started.
Blackberry is another mobile phone type that is being widely used in a global scale today. Whether you are situated in Cape Town, Durban or any other major city in South Africa, you will surely be able to see people using blackberry phones. This prompted Skype to develop Skype for Blackberry, an application that is perfect for the blackberry phone with models 2009 and up. This version of Skype allows Blackberry phone users to freely use the Skype application similar to any other Blackberry based application being widely used today.
Skype is also available for the iPhone and iPad. For iPhones, it is already compatible with the first releases as long as the iPhone is 3G compatible. You can also opt to go for the newly released iPhone 4 in order to use the much faster 4G connection for easier calls worldwide. You can also use Skype for iPad. Depending on your accessories you can use either or both text chat and voice chat with this powerful tablet pc or personal computer from the Apple Mac brand.
Whether you have the Skype for Android or Skype for Blackberry or Skype mobile, you will surely be able to make full use of the Skype application wherever you are, whenever you want to. As long as you have a good internet connection then you can easily download and install Skype for any compatible device. You can also buy credits using your mobile or internet plan or via your debit or credit card, whichever you prefer. The best part here is that the credits will already reflect on your Skype balance in as fast as 10 minutes!
Skype is a very useful software application that has been developed for VOIP calls or voice over internet protocol calls. You will be able to reach any person anywhere in the world as long as you have the needed requirements. Such requirements include but are not limited to:
- A personal computer, laptop computer, netbook computer, tablet pc or any other device that is compatible with Skype. Preferably it has the latest specs.
- A compatible internet phone or headset that you can use for making calls and dialling mobile numbers.
- An active and strong internet connection that will allow you to stay in touch for long periods of time.
- The latest Skype software application installed in your computer or Skype compatible device. You can even use Skype with the latest models of mobile phones.
You need to buy Skype credits in order to make some calls in South Africa. This is due to numerous factors including the charges attributed by the peer to peer connection established using Skype and any third party telecommunications company in South Africa. The best part here is that Skype is cheaper and more affordable when comparing the rates with South Africa’s leading telecommunication companies such as Telkom, Vodacom and MTN. With Skype, you will be able to make unlimited calls for as long as you pay around R50 up to R350 depending on your location and the Internet Service Provider that you are using.
If you are living in South Africa, then Skype is the perfect application for you to use in order to stay in touch with your love ones. There are numerous questions that plague Skype users in this continent and the most popular one is:
“Where can I buy Skype Credits?”
There are multiple methods in buying Skype Credits in South Africa and these are:
- Skype credits can be easily bought via the official website of Skype. You can also buy these credits when you log-on to your Skype account using the latest Skype software application that you have downloaded. All there is to it is a debit or credit card that you can use in order to pay for the credits in order to get started. Around 3 minutes up to 5 minutes is needed and you can complete your credit purchase and such amount will reflect on your Skype credit balance.
- Skype Credits can also be bought with the use of PayPal. This is due to the fact that PayPal is an international mode of payment used by Skype all over the world and since FNB, a major player in the South African banking industry, has already made a strong partnership with PayPal. As such, all there is to it is for you to open your very own PayPal account in order to get started. You can also use a debit card, credit card or cash card in order to enlarge your PayPal limit in order to purchase larger bulks of Skype credits. Buying Skype Credits has never been this easy like ever before.
Here’s an excellent video tutorial from a teacher in America on how to install, configure Skype and use it. The cool cat teacher demonstrates how she sets up and uses skype in her classroom. This is a good video for beginners and for teachers using it in the classroom. It is about 11 minutes and you can download it from here.
About two years ago I received a call from a colleague of mine who was also a non-executive director on the ICDL Foundation in Cape Town. It was strange because I would have assumed calling me from his cellphone would be reasonable priced. For the longest time I’ve had the default belief that landline to landline, cellphone to cellphone and of course Skype to Skype is the best/cheapest way of making calls.
After posting this introductory post about Skype I received several questions about using Skype Credit and Skype Phones in South Africa. This post outlines the answers to those questions and more. Keep posting your questions if you have even more specific questions about Skype.
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Skype allows users to make telephone calls from their computer to other Skype users free of charge, or to landlines and cell phones for a fee.
Unlike most other VOIP (Voice-over-Internet) software, Skype uses a peer-to-peer model, which is the most efficient way for transferring large amounts of data over the Internet, in a distributed method. An d so when a Skype user calls another for a voice call or video conference there no extra costs. Additional features include instant messaging, file transfer, SMS, video conferencing and its ability to circumvent firewalls.
Entrepreneurs Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis created Skype in 2002 with a vision of liberating consumers and businesses from the need to pay for talking to each other across the globe.
It’s easy because the user interface is intuitive i.e. easy to navigate and operates like a normal phone just on a computer screen.Skype is free to download and use from www.skype.com – you only pay if you want to call landlines and cellphones. You have to purchase Skype credits to make calls to landlines and cellphones. View this detailed comparison on Hellkom.
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