I love Skype. I’ve been using it for a few years.
Skype is VOIP (Voice over IP), which means I make phone calls over IP, or the Internet (as opposed to a regular phone line to my desk).
I pay the $3/month for unlimited long distance to the U.S. and Canada – and I do it all from my headset that is plugged into my computer.
When I’m on the road I *can* do the same thing, including get email (I can but I don’t – usually running to hard when on the road).
I also paid for the SkypeIn number, so I have a local phone number that people can call (instead of calling my home number, which they called when I first started my business, or my cell, which I hardly ever give out).
I also paid for the voice mail.
I share this with you because you can have a very cool tool, if you are a Skype user and use JibberJobber.
Let me share how this works… imagine you are a salesperson who is on the phone all the time. You have your desk/cubicle and a headset and you are dialing and talking all day long.
For this role, picking up a phone and dialing numbers is just too much… so the company has provided you with software that is tied into the phone system – all you do is click a phone number on the screen and it dials out.
NO MORE HURTING YOUR FINGER DIALING! Imagine the bliss 🙂
Actually, you can live this bliss, like I do.
Just go to My Account and Preferences and you’ll see this option:
When you do that your phone numbers will look like this:
Click on the green button and it makes the call for you – just make sure you have your headset on (and you’ve paid for the long distance service).
Another thing you can do, if you haven’t paid, is skype-to-skype calls (no cost) and initiate skype chatting. Just add the person’s username as a “Service” and then you’ll see the call(green)/chat(blue) icons, like this:
Like it? I love it!