Skype is one of the biggest names in Internet calling; perhaps the biggest name overall. The company also offers VOIP services that are based on its popular instant messaging program. The rates for these programs are very inexpensive and many people use the Skype VOIP service to call internationally when the person receiving the call isn’t an instant messaging service user.
Skype allows you to make calls directly from your PC. You do it in the same fashion as you’d participate in a chat room or in a voice or video call over the Internet. All you need are speakers and a microphone. The VOIP system from Skype includes some of the basic features that are generally expected from service providers.
You can forward calls to other numbers with Skype. This allows you to send your calls to another phone number when you’re not online so that you don’t miss any calls. You can also text message through the system and receive voice mails. The Skype VOIP system comes with a personal phone number that allows you to use the system exactly as you would a normal phone.
Skype offers unlimited US and Canada calling for less than $3 per month, making it a viable option for those who don’t want a cell phone and who are sick of paying for a land-line. The tiered services also include unlimited calls to any one nation and unlimited calls anywhere in the world. This is one of the most popular systems for VOIP service in the world. It’s free offerings allow a full-featured instant messaging experience.
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