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Using Skype

  • May 27, 2005
  • By Rob Reilly

Setting up a New User

Using Skype on the iPAQ is very straightforward.

Make sure that you have network connectivity and then click "Skype" on the Start menu. You'll be greeted with the Skype logo in the middle of the screen and see the little scrolling dots move back and forth, while it connects.

If you are new to Skype, you'll need to create a user account. Type in a user name that you would like to use and you will have a password assigned.

After a successful login, you'll see the main Skype screen appear. When you log in, in the future, the main screen will just appear, if you've saved the password.

The main screen has a tools menu item, a green phone symbol and some tabs. At the bottom of the screen, you'll also see the total number of users online.

You'll want to click on the "Tools" tab, then "Add a Contact" to put in another Skype user that you'd like to call. I, simply created an account for my iPAQ and an account for my HP notebook. I never know when I'll need to call myself.

To add a new contact simply type in their Skype name and click "OK." The main Skype screen will reappear with the new contact listed.

Placing a Call

To initiate a call with your new contact, highlight that person's user name and click the green phone button at the bottom of the screen.

You'll see the screen change to an outline of a head and a big green arrow button saying that you are connecting. If the call doesn't go through, you should first check to see your wifi connection is still up. I made a couple of calls at home (from my iPAQ to my notebook), as well as a couple at my off-site office, Panera Bread Company. They offer 802.11b access at most stores. Skype connected without problem in each location.

When your contact answers, speak into the bottom of the iPAQ near it's buttons. Sounds will come from same general area at the bottom of the iPAQ. I felt a little funny, in the beginning, talking at my iPAQ, but that feeling passed quickly.

You may have to turn up the volume, to hear the person at the other end, when you are in a noisy place.

To terminate the call, click the red phone button at the bottom. It's as simple and easy as using a regular cell phone.

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