7 Reasons to Consider an Internet Phone Service
Time once again for me to encourage you to take advantage of technology! Are you using Skype yet—or another Internet phone service? It’s not a necessity, but it can save you money and be fun, too.
Skype is super easy to use, and probably will work without any additional expense unless your computer is a dinosaur. Just download from Skype.com, follow the instructions, and get talking. There are a few technical requirements: You need a microphone, speakers, and preferably, a webcam. Many newer computers have both of these built-in, but if not, you can buy them separately.
(Note: a webcam isn’t a necessity for Skype—mine has been broken and I’ve done several Skype calls without it—but obviously, you’ll be limited to voice calls only.)
Why would you want to consider Skype?
1. Personal connection. You may have an agent or other business associate who isn’t in the same city and face-to-face meetings are unlikely. While a video call on Skype isn’t the same as being across a table from someone, it certainly can make a big difference in helping you be connected. For that reason alone, I recommend it and would love to begin communicating more regularly with my clients via Skype.
2. File sharing. On Skype, since you’re on the computer, you can pass documents, photos and other files back and forth during the call. You do it straight through Skype, avoiding email or any other platforms.
3. Save BIG on international calls. If you have business associates, friends, or family members in a different country than you, Skype makes it easy to talk—no worrying about country codes, and NO long distance charges. I’ve used it for talking with clients and potential clients in other countries—calls that could have cost me $50 or $100 or more, but were free with Skype.
4. Save on domestic long distance. Even if you’re not dealing with international communication, Skype is still useful for long distance calls because you pay no long distance fees.
5. It’s fun! Skype has many purposes beyond business. If you have family that lives far away (grandchildren, anyone?) it’s so much fun to be able to see them (not just hear them) when you call.
6. It’s affordable. Skype’s basic service is free; and upgraded service is available by buying a subscription or purchasing credits.
7. It’s flexible. Both parties on the call don’t need to have Skype. You can also call people’s phones, and it may be less expensive than the long distance on your current phone service. For example, if you’re going on vacation in Mexico and want to call ahead to book a tour, you can do a Skype-to-phone call and save international charges.
Q4U: Are you using Skype or another internet “telephone” service? Why/why not? What’s your opinion either way?
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