How to Use a Laptop As a Cell Phone

by TS Jordan

With nothing more than an Internet connection and a headset or microphone, you can use your laptop as a cellular phone. There are a number of service providers such as Skype, FreeWorld Dialup and Yahoo Voice Messenger that will enable you to place calls to individuals as though you were using a cellular phone. The setup procedure is fairly basic, so you should not worry about getting in over your head if you are not technologically minded.

Step 1

Download your chosen Internet phone service client.

Step 2

Save the downloaded file to your desktop for safe keeping.

Step 3

Double-click on the downloaded installer file and follow the onscreen directions for your chosen model to install the software.

Step 4

Plug your microphone or headset into the machine.

Step 5

Restart your computer.

Step 6

Click on the "Start" menu and open the "All Programs" list.

Open the program, enter in a number to dial and press the "Call" button to complete a connection.


  • Note that these services are generally only free when making calls to other individuals who are on the same type of service (for example, Skype-to-Skype calls or Yahoo Voice-to-Yahoo Voice calls). There can be a charge for using these services to connect to land lines or other cell phones.

Items you will need

  • Internet voice program
  • Headset or microphone

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