Voice calls on your PC
Make a phone call using the Internet
You’ve probably used a computer to send an e-mail, but did you know that it’s just as easy to use your computer to make a call over the Internet? With the right hardware and software, you can use your computer to call anywhere in the world. Best of all, it’s free.
How does it work?
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a technology that allows you to make calls using an Internet connection instead of a regular (or analog) phone line. VoIP services convert your voice into a digital signal that travels over the Internet.
What you'll need to get started:
To make a voice call over the Internet, you and your friend, or family member, need the following:
- A computer
- A microphone (either built into your computer or external)
- Speakers (either built into your computer or external)
- A high-speed Internet connection
- VoIP software.
Using Skype® to make a voice call
Over 200 million people are using Skype to make phone calls over the Internet. Skype gives you free unlimited calls. All you need is the free Skype software.
Follow these steps to get started:
- Visit www.skype.com to download the latest Skype software. A handy setup wizard helps you get started. It’s easy. Just follow the prompts.
- Once you’ve downloaded the software, find out your friend’s Skype Name. Then simply click the “Add Contact” button to enter your friend’s Skype Name into your personal contact list.
- Select your friend’s name from your Contact list.
- Press the green button with the picture of a telephone. If your friend has the latest Skype application (plus a properly configured webcam and microphone), you’re ready to start a VoIP conversation.
That’s it. You’ll be talking to your friends, family and colleagues in no time.