My first introduction to Skype was from a neighbor. My boys and her son became really good friends over a period of a couple of years. When we heard the family was moving back to Poland we were crushed. Wanting to stay in touch she mentioned that we should sign up for a Skype account and the boys could talk for free. Unfortunately I never took the initiative to install it or learn about it and over the years they have grown apart. We still seem them every couple of years when they visit the states but I wish I would have taken her suggestion and learned more about it.
As a Skype Ambassador it is now my mission to learn more about the service and how it could benefit me in my every day life. I recently was re-introduced to Skype when I was selected to be a Random House Community Leader. Many communications were done via Skype using their free instant messaging service. Many years ago I use to be a huge internet chatter so it was kind of fun to jump back on the horse.
One new feature (for me) is the ability to have my own online number. I absolutely HATE giving out my number. I hate putting it on application, forms, anything. I would love to have a number that is specifically for friends and family and one that is for business and other needs. Did you know you can get your own “online number” also known as a Skype number. You can hand this number out and people can reach you from a land line or mobile. You can get a call anywhere as long as you have Skype. This means you can answer on your phone or your computer.
Screen and Group Screen Sharing
This is a great feature, let me give you an example. My sister (bless her soul) is not the most technologically savvy person. She has other skills like running a restaurant and working her way up to a junior VP. She is often calling me asking me how to do something. We can both get on Skype and during our video chat instead of trying to explain what I’m doing I can do so by showing her with screen sharing. With a premium membership you can do the same thing in a group. This is a great tool to teach things or show things to a group of people.
Skype on Facebook
Using Skype through Facebook is a feature I have already used several times. The most noticeable was when my sister and brother-in-law were in Australia. Not only did she call us at home where we could video chat but I helped my mother set up the same feature on her computer (who was watching my nephew). Even though my sister was gone for 2 weeks she was able to connect daily with her son each day. All of this with absolutely NO COST to her or my mother. It was an amazing tool to have when abroad and needed to connect with family.
Skype on Your Mobile
This is by far the best feature I have found and used. When I’m at work I don’t have the ability to download Skype on my computer. I can’t be at beck and call should anyone call me during the work hour. However their are times when I would like to connect with someone while at work. For example my children who are currently on summer vacation. it is great to be able to make a call to my children on my computer at home through my phone. This way I can walk outside and work and call them and see they are doing just fine. My children LOVE this feature. They also have fun playing with it with a few of their friends that have their own iPhone.
The Skype on your mobile is not just available for iPhone it works with Windows, Androids, and iPad.
Disclaimer: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Skype. I received Skype credits to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.Opinions are my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. You may read more of my disclosure .