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Skype enables you to talk to anyone around the world for free. However there are a few requirements that must be met by both parties. This consists of a few key bits of equipment:

  • A broadband Internet connection
  • A microphone
  • Speakers
  • Skype

Go to and download the software; you may receive a confirmation message asking if you are sure you want to download the software—answer “yes.”

When the download has finished, the Skype Setup Wizard will appear and guide you through the rest of the installation. Accept the terms of service, and click “next.” Skype should begin to install, and should take no more than 10 seconds.

Depending on which version you’ve downloaded, it will give you the choice to install a toolbar for Internet explorer; this is not essential. After the installation wizard has finished, the Skype icon should be on your desktop.

Upon running Skype for the first time, you’ll be confronted with a login dialogue box. This is where you will enter your Skype login details. If you do not have an account, just click “Don’t have a Skype name” underneath the Username field.

This will cause another dialogue box to appear with several more fields asking you for your name, your desired Skype name, and your desired password. All this information is kept confidential. After filling these out and accepting the terms and conditions, click next. Another dialogue box will pop up asking for your current email address, as well as your country and city. After filling out the desired fields, click “Sign in” and you should be signed in.

After you’ve successfully signed in for the first time, a “getting started” guide will appear. This guide will help you to configure your microphone and speakers for optimum performance. Follow the on-screen instructions.

To test your setup, go to the main Skype window. In the contacts section, there should be one contact: the Skype test call. By calling this number, you can listen to what your microphone sounds like, and learn what to expect from a call.

Once you’re satisfied with your sound, you’re ready to make and receive calls. You can now easily access Skype and use it to make calls anytime, without having to pay a cent.

System requirements:

  • PC running Windows® XP, Vista or 7, both 32- and 64-bit operating systems.
  • Internet connection—broadband is best (GPRS is not supported for voice calls).
  • Speakers and microphone, built-in or separate.
  • For voice calls, a broadband connection with at least 100 kbps down / 100 kbps up is recommended.
  • For group video calling, everyone on the call needs Skype 5.0 or higher for Windows or Mac, plus webcams, and at least one person will need a group video-calling subscription.  For best quality, we recommend that you use a high-speed broadband connection of at least 4Mbps down/512kbps up and a computer with a Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz processor or equivalent. At minimum, you’ll need a high-speed broadband connection of 512kbps down / 128kbps up and a computer with a 1 GHz processor.
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