Making Calls with Skype

Making Calls with Skype

Other paid services

Your own online number

Calling from an ordinary phone

When you subscribe to your own Skype number, Skype gives you a regular nine-digit phone number (for example, 321-555-1100) that anyone can call to reach you on Skype. The call will pop up on your computer, just like a regular incoming call.

What's the benefit of having a Skype number? People who aren't on Skype can use it to call you from their landline or mobile device. It also gives you your own voicemail. Many people like to use their Skype numbers in place of their ordinary phones, but remember: Skype can't replace your ordinary phone completely. For instance, it can't be used to make emergency calls.

Skype numbers aren't included in the normal subscription, but they can be purchased separately (similar to an upgrade) for a period of 3 months or 12 months. Learn more about it at Skype's What is a Skype Number, or go to your account page to purchase one.

Screenshot of SkypeYour account page, about Skype Numbers

International calls with Skype To Go

Calling a cell phone abroad

Skype To Go lets you make low-cost international calls from your landline or mobile device. It's a convenient option if the person you want to call doesn't have Skype or if for some reason you can't be at your computer to make the call. The rates are affordable, and they may even be cheaper than your normal long-distance provider.

How does it work? All you have to do is give Skype the phone number of one of your international contacts. It'll convert the number to a local nine-digit number you can call from any phone to reach that contact.

Skype To Go numbers can be purchased with Skype credit from your account page. Learn more about it at Skype To Go.

Screenshot of SkypeYour account page, about Skype to Go