What is it?
Skype is a free-to-use downloaded program that lets you communicate with other Skype users over your Internet connection. You’ll need a computer bought in the past five years, an Internet connection, speakers and a microphone, and that’s it.
Best of all, Skype is available for all operating systems – Windows, Mac OS, Linux, mobile phones and even Sony’s mobile gaming device, the PSP – so there’s no excuse to not be contactable. Interested? Get it here .
What can I do with Skype?
Plenty. Skype is an all-in-one communication solution that lets you participate in voice chats, one-on-one video calls, video conference calls and instant text chats.
The only real “catch” is that calls are free as long as the person you call also has Skype installed – and has the necessary hardware to talk back – and is online at the same time as you.
Still, Skype enjoys several advantages over traditional telephony. The quality of calls between computers, for a start, is better than anything local telecommunications companies can offer; people literally sound as if they’re in the same room as you, even when they’re on the other side of the world.
And once you’ve acquired the necessary hardware, your calls are “free” to the extent that voice and video calls will cost you no more than your Internet connection fee, and the only resource consumed is bandwidth.
Don’t worry about exceeding your capacity limit, either – thanks to the technology Skype uses, bandwidth usage for voice and video calls is minimal.
What kind of connection do I need to run Skype?
Amazingly, the application can run adequately on even a dial-up connection, so regardless of how you’re connected, Skype will work for you.
Can Skype help lower my business communication costs?
Absolutely. For South African businesses, Skype offers the kind of inexpensive communication solution that has the potential to save business owners hefty sums of money.
Many companies and business people internationally subscribe to Skype, so dealing with overseas suppliers or buyers who also run Skype is now not only much easier, but also a lot cheaper.
What are you waiting for?
Yes, Skype is completely free to download and use, with some very nice paid-for extras that make it even more useful than as a “mere” Internet chat client.
As bandwidth costs continue to drop thanks to initiatives like the Seacom undersea cable, its use will no doubt skyrocket. We highly recommend you download a copy and see for yourself just how easy, fun and cost-saving Skype really can be.
For a more in-depth look at Skype, click on through to the Connect website.