Galaxy Tab: How to Make a Skype Phone Call

Voice chat is okay on Skype, and it comes a close second to the real thing: making a phone call on your Galaxy Tab. Yep, you can use Skype to call any phone number on the planet, but most easily you can call people’s phone numbers as listed in the Galaxy Tab’s Contacts list. Here’s what to do:

  1. Ensure that you have Skype Credit.

    You can’t make a “real” phone call unless you have Skype Credit on your account. You add Skype Credit by touching the Profile button and choosing Skype Credit.

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  2. From the Skype app’s main screen, touch the Call Phones button.

    You see a big dial pad for typing phone numbers, just like you would if the Galaxy Tab were a huge cell phone.

  3. Type the phone number to dial.

    Or, use the Contacts button in the upper-right corner of the screen to summon a contact. Choosing a contact places his number on the Call tab.

    Always input the full phone number when making a Skype phone call, including the country code, shown as +1 for the United States, as well as the area code.

  4. Touch the Done button to dismiss the onscreen dial pad.

  5. Touch the Call button to place the call.

    This step works just like using a cell phone. Indeed, at this point, the Galaxy Tab has been transformed by the Skype app into a cell phone (albeit a cell phone that uses Internet telephony to make the call).

  6. Talk.

    The In-Call screen looks nearly identical to the incoming call screen for Skype audio chat. The biggest difference is the per-minute price listed beneath the contact’s name in the upper-left corner of the screen.

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  7. To end the call, touch the End Call button.

  8. If the number you dialed isn’t a current Skype contact, touch the Add Contact button to create a Skype contact for that person.

    Skype contacts are separate from Galaxy Tab contacts. By touching the Add Contact button, you create a phone number contact for the number you just dialed.

Lamentably, you can’t receive a phone call using Skype on your Galaxy Tab from a cell phone or landline unless you pay for a Skype online number. In that case, you can use Skype to both send and receive regular phone calls.

  • You can check Skype for a current list of call rates, for both domestic and international calls.

  • Unless you’ve paid Skype to have a specific phone number, the phone number shown on the recipient’s Caller ID screen is something unexpected, often merely the text Unknown. Because of that, you might want to e-mail or text the person you’re calling and let her know that you’re placing a Skype call. That way, she won’t skip the call because she doesn’t recognize the Caller ID number.

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