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Skype: The Definitive Guide

Skype: The Definitive Guide

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  • Copyright 2006
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-321-46788-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-46788-1

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Learn how to make free phone calls to more than 75 million people, and dirt-cheap phone calls to practically everyone else, anywhere on Earth! You can do it with Skype. This book will help you get started fast, with any computer: Windows, Mac, Linux, even Pocket PC. Then, take Skype to the limit, with SkypeIn, SkypeOut, instant messaging, secure file transfer, even video calling.

  • Set up and customize Skype in just minutes
  • Take Skype on the road--avoid expensive hotel phones and international calls
  • Transform your PC into a state-of-the-art Skype videophone
  • Troubleshoot Skype connections and audio quality
  • Discover even more ways to save money, simplify life, even build your business!

Written by Skype insiders, this is the only official guide to Skype. It's up-to-date, easy-to-use, quick, simple . . . and above all, FUN!

Bonus coverage for more experienced users: Skype architecture, security, and advanced configuration.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xvii

Preface xix

About the Authors xxiii

Chapter 1 What Is Skype? 2

Skype Basics 3

How Skype Is Unique 4

Overview of How Skype Works 5

SkypeOut 7

SkypeIn 9

Devices That Work with Skype 10

Summary of Major Features 14

The Skype Story 20

Chapter 2 Skype Quick Start 26

Process Overview 27

Equipment and Requirements 28

Download and Install Skype 28

Create a New Skype Account 29

Make a Test Call 33

Set Your Preferences 34

Add Contacts 38

Make a Call 42

Make a Call to a Landline or Cell Phone(SkypeOut) 43

Start a Chat (Send an Instant Message) 43

Transfer a File 44

Update Your Personal Profile 44

Chapter 3 Details of Installing Skype 46

Installation Summary 47

Installing Skype on Microsoft Windows 2000/XP 52

Installing Skype on Mac OS X 59

Installing Skype on Windows Mobile-Based Pocket PC 61

Installing Skype on Linux 63

Chapter 4 Details of Using Skype for the First Time 72

Create a New Skype Account 73

Make a Test Call 83

Testing Your Microphone 85

Add Contacts 86

Set Your Skype Preferences 92

Make a Call 97

End a Call 98

Receive a Call 99

Start a Chat (Send an Instant Message) 99

Transfer a File 101

Your Personal Profile 102

Summary of Preference Menus 104

Chapter 5 Using Skype Every Day 116

Skype Experience 117

General Features 118

Voice Calls 132

Voicemail 144

Video Calls 147

Chat (Instant Messaging) 151

File Transfers 159

Chapter 6 How People Use Skype 164

Online Communities 165

Skype Stories 166

Chapter 7 Troubleshooting 176

Unable to Connect to the Skype Network: Error 1101, 1102, or 1103 177

Echo and Sound-Quality Problems 179

Trouble Making Calls or Processing Payments 180

You Can't Hear 182

Others Can't Hear You 183

Other Problems 188

Appendix A Skype Architecture 191

Appendix B Skype Security 203

Appendix C Advanced Setup 217

Index 247


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