Adding And Managing Contacts In Skype
Skype is the most popular free Voice over IP and SMS service in the world. It allows users to write SMS and to run video and voice calls over the Internet. Users can also use Skype credit, premium accounts and subscriptions to call landline phones and mobile phones at competitive rates. Skype was released in 2003 and is now responsible for about one third of all international telephone minutes. Skype uses P2P technology to connect users to a variety of platforms including desktop, cell phone and tablet. The call quality (which depends on the Internet connection) and additional functions like call history, conferences and secure data transfers are excellent. There was a bit of criticism about the bandwidth use of the program and security gaps.
If you have downloaded and installed Skype, you must create a user account and a unique Skype name. You can then search for other users in the Skype directory or call them directly via their Skype name. Voice calls provide conferences, secure data transfers, and very secure end-to-end encryption. Video telephony is available at higher bandwidths and makes it more interactive to keep in touch with family members and friends in the distance. Because of video conferencing and the screenshare function, Skype is popular on the corporate market. Skypes Text Chat provides group chats, a chat history, editing messages and emoticons. Skype also allows calls to fixed lines and mobile phones via a paid premium service.