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Business Conference Calls? Try Skype - Free up to 5 Participants

Jun 01, 2009

Are conference calls a major avenue of communication for your business?  Because our network is spread out all over the state, we have many meetings via telephone.  We have recently started using Skype, a very economical communication alternative! 

 

Skype works using VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol), the technology for transmitting voice conversations via the Internet. Skype subscribers can call other Skype subscribers, from computer to computer, free of charge.  And, subscription to Skype is also free.  In other words, you don't even have to use up your cell phone minutes.  Conference calls are also free, for up to five participants.  All you need to "Skype" is a microphone for your computer.  You can pick-up the sound via your computer speakers or purchase a headset that combines the microphone and speaker functions.  

 

For very reasonable fees, you can call from your computer to most any landline in the world.  Unlimited calling in the U.S. is $2.95/month.  Unlimited calling worldwide is $12.95/month.  The application also can do video conferencing, be forwarded to your mobile phone, do instant messaging and more. 

 

Skype was initially released in 2003.  The company was acquired by eBay in 2005.  As of the first quarter of 2009, there were 443,000,000 user accounts.  Skype is now the largest international voice carrier, according to networkworld.com.  

 

My first Skype conference call is on Thursday.  I'll let you know how it goes . . .   



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Cindy Unger


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