How to Turn Your PC Into a Telephone

by Bennett Gavrish

With the Skype application, you can turn your PC computer into a telephone and make calls to other Skype users, mobile phones and landlines. Downloading Skype and setting up an account is free, but if you want to call other phone numbers, you will need to pay for Skype credits. For an additional fee, you can purchase an official phone number through Skype, which will allow you to receive incoming calls on your PC.

Go to the Skype download page (see Resources below).

Click on the "Download Now" button and follow the installation instructions to put Skype on your PC computer.

Open the Start menu, expand the "All Programs" list and click on the "Skype" icon to launch the application.

Click on the "Don't have a Skype Name" link in the middle of the application window.

Choose a username and password for your new Skype account, then log in to the application with those new credentials.

Add other Skype users, mobile phone numbers or landline users to your contacts list by clicking on the plus symbol in the lower-left corner of the window.

Go to the Skype Credit page, log in with your Skype username and password, and use a credit or debit card to purchase Skype credits.

To purchase an official Skype phone number, go to the Skype Number page and click on the "Buy a number" button at the bottom of the page. Once you set up a payment plan, either monthly or annually, you will receive a Skype number that you can give out to your contacts. When they dial the number from any telephone, you will receive the call on your PC as long as you have the Skype application open.

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About the Author

Bennett Gavrish is an I.T. professional who has been writing about computers, electronics and the Web since 2004. His work has appeared in the "Nashua Telegraph" and the "Daily Free Press" and on numerous websites. Gavrish received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University.