How to Call a Landline with the Surface Skye App

The Skype app lets you make free voice calls from your Surface to another Surface, PC, or almost any other type of computer gadget. But if you want to call a real telephone number — a landline — you need to pay with real money. That’s where Skype Credits come in. You buy them in advance and then use them on a per-minute basis as you talk to somebody on their landline.

The first time you try to dial a real phone number, Microsoft offers you a chance to buy Skype Credits. But before paying up, take advantage of the free one-year Skype subscription that came with your Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2.

To dial a real phone number with Skype, follow these steps:

  1. Start Skype with a tap on its Start screen tile.

  2. Tap the New Call icon in the screen’s upper-left corner; when the numeric keypad appears, tap in the number you want to call.

    If you’re calling somebody in a country other than your own, first choose that country from the drop-down list above the keypad.

After you dial the number, the experience is much like a “real” phone. You hear the sound of the other phone ringing, and then you hear either the happy voice of your friend or the robotic voice of her answering machine.

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