It's quick and easy to set up Skype. Just connect to the Internet, download the program, and run it. Next set up your profile and account. You'll select a username and password, and your username will serve as your Skype identity. You'll then be instructed to run a test to make sure it's working properly.
What You Will Need
Besides a high-speed internet connection, you'll need a microphone and speakers (or a headset with a microphone), and a webcam if you want to make video calls.
What You Can Do with Skype
- Call other Skype users, anywhere in the world, for free.
- Make video calls if you and the other user have a webcam
- Call landline and mobile phones at a fraction of the price of an overseas call
- Send instant messages to other Skype users and mobile phones (there is a fee for sending SMS messages to mobile phones)
How You Pay for Calling Landlines and Mobile Phones
If you only use Skype for calling other Skype users, it's completely free. If you want to call landlnes or mobile phones, you must have credit in your Skype account. You can buy Skype credit with your credit card or PayPal account whenever you want, or you can set it up so Skype automatically deducts money from your credit card or PayPal account when you run low on Skype credit.
Skype for Mobile Devices
Skype also has an application for smart phones, called "Skype to Go." Because it's computer and internet-based, it uses the computer in your smart phone (not the mobile phone part) to connect to a WiFi signal and the Internet. All you have to do is find a cafe with WiFi, and Skype away. You can check the Skype website to see if your mobile device will work with Skype to Go.
You can even have Skype forward your calls to your mobile phone when you are away from your computer.
Regional Skype Number for Non-Skype Users to Call You
You can purchase a "Skype Number," which is an actual, regular telephone number, complete with the area code you choose. By choosing an area code which is the same as your family and friends, they can call you at the rates they would normally pay for calling a phone number in the same area code (usually free).
If someone calls you on Skype, or by using your Skype number, they can leave a message. Skype will send you an e-mail to let you know that someone has called, and provide a link so you can log in to Skype and listen to the message they left.
Skype can't call Turkey's national emergency numbers, such as the national 112 emergency number. You will need a regular telephone to do that. You should consider Skype to be a complement to your existing telephone rather than relying on Skype for all calls.
Skype: In English and Turkish. Skype's official website.