Skype – How it will Benefit your Business

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How much are you spending on your landline phone charges every month? Are you paying more than you'd like to? Well if you have a home-based or a small business, then Skype might be an excellent way to greatly minimize your monthly phone costs.

Never heard of Skype before? Well Skype is a software that let's you make free phone calls over your computer to anyone else with a Skype account, anywhere in the world. All you need is a computer and microphone and your normal computer speakers to act as your telephone. And if the other person does not have Skype, that's not a problem, you will pay an extremely small per minute fee to call outside of your country. Currently all phone calls to landlines and cell phones within the US and Canada are 100% free at least until the end of this year.

Skype is available in 27 languages and is used in almost every country around the world. Skype generates revenue through its premium offerings such as making and receiving calls to and from landline and mobile phones, as well as voicemail and call forwarding. Skype, based in Luxembourg, has relationships with a growing network of hardware and software providers and is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY).

In order to use Skype, all you need to do is download the software to your computer and complete a simple setup process. Not only can you use Skype to make phone calls but you can also use Skype to Instant Message your friends and business contacts. Skype is very simple to use, to contact people in Skype:

You can call anyone else on Skype, anywhere in the world for free. And you'll always be able to do that. There are some other useful things you can do on Skype that aren't free (but they're pretty cheap, actually).

SkypeIn - This is a cool feature that lets you receive your own special telephone number to be able to receive phone calls directly to your Skype account. When you enable this feature, your business contacts can call your number and your Skype program will ring directly on your computer. With a simple click of the mouse, you can answer the call and talk directly over your microphone and computer speakers. The quality on Skype is excellent. Also, if you do a lot of business, in let's say New York, then you can get a local NY telephone number so your clients do no incur long distance charges. A SkypIn telephone number is only $39 per year.

SkypeOut - You can call any telephone number in the U.S. and Canada for free. And Skype has very reasonable charges for calls made to non-Skype phones in foreign countries through SkypeOut. International per-minute charges vary by country, but they start at under 2 cents. For a complete list of international rates, click here.

SkypeVoicemail - If you are not around when someone call on Skype, then this feature will allow your account to receive and store voice-mail messages. You can check your messages when you return to the office. This feature is free when you purchase a SkypeIn number for $39 or can be purchased separately for an annual cost of $19.

You can also your Skype account from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Last week I was in the Dominican Republic on business and went to the Internet lab to check my email. I noticed they had Skype downloaded on their lab computers, so I simply logged into my Skype account and called my business partner at our office in New Jersey. For a 20 minute call to the US, it cost me less than $2... that is unheard of.

I think Skype is great. Check it out for yourself.

Daryl H. Bryant is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hudson Horizons, helps his clients achieve online success through search engine marketing and customized website solutions.

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