Making Calls with Skype
Now that you have Skype set up on your computer, it's time to make your first call. It's easier than you might think.
To start, you need at least one contact. Go back to our lesson on Adding Contacts if you need help finding or adding people you know. Next, you should make a test call to make sure the person on the other end will be able to hear you. After that, you'll be ready to take advantage of Skype's calling services, from the free to the paid.
There's an easy way to test your voice call settings and equipment before you call anyone on Skype. It's through a special contact—which is actually an automated service that mimics a phone call—named Skype Test Call or Echo/Sound Test Service. The contact is already on your contacts list. Before you begin, make sure:
If you can't connect to the test call, can't hear the operator, or can't record an audio sample, you may have a problem with your settings or equipment. To figure out what's wrong, double-check the items listed above step 1, then go to Skype's Sound Set-Up Guide.
Soon, you'll not only be making calls on Skype but receiving them as well. It's important to understand your online status, and how you—and your contacts—use it to tell when people are available on Skype.
To learn what the different status settings and their icons mean, visit Skype's What is a Status Setting. Your default status is set to online when you sign in to Skype. This tells your contacts you're available. To change your status, click the icon beside your name and choose from the drop-down menu. You can also use the Skype menu at the top of the screen.