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6.8. Using Skype

To make a call, highlight a contact name in your Contact list, click the green telephone button at the bottom of the Skype application, and you'll hear the phone ring, just like a "regular" phone. The person on the other end of the line will pick up their receiver (or headset) and say, "hello" in whatever language they prefer. You're talking via Skype. Or you're Skypeing, another verbified noun in this new century.

This isn't exactly like using a traditional telephone, but it's pretty close to using a computer and any standard Instant Messaging or email application. You keep track of people's addresses, select them when you want to IM or send them email, and initiate some activity. It just happens, with Skype, you're initiating a phone call.


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