Hack 9. Make Toll-Free Calls
Most regular phone plans don't charge for toll-free numbers you call in your own country, but what about toll-free
Works with: all versions of Skype.
Many VoIP plans charge for what would
Now, many toll-free calls are free when made using Skype. Even better, you don't have to be a SkypeOut subscriber to take advantage of making toll-free calls without paying a penny.
Regular phone plans normally don't charge for calling toll-free numbers in your own country, but that is not usually the case for toll-free numbers in other countries. In fact, such numbers might simply be blocked. With Skype toll-free calling, there is no such restriction.
Support for all types of toll-free numbers in all countries is not yet available. Skype currently supports the following countries and number prefixes:
You can obtain toll-free directory assistance for some U.S. toll-free numbers by calling +1-800-555-1212. The service is free, but not all U.S. toll-free numbers are listedonly those for subscribers that choose to list them.
As already mentioned, you don't have to be a current SkypeOut subscriber to dial these toll-free numbers from anywhere . Just enter in Skype's address bar one of the prefixes listed earlier, along with the rest of the toll-free number, and click the big green call buttonyou'll be connected for free. If you call certain toll-free numbers on a regular basis, you might want to consider adding them to your Contacts list.
Lastly, if you've connected to a toll-free number and you have problems navigating an automated phone system using Skype's keypad (the "press 4 to get your account balance"
Hack 10. Forward Calls
Have your calls follow you around! Skype's
Works with: Windows version of Skype.
Skype gives you the option to forward incoming calls to up to three alternative Skype accounts (or regular phone
Table 1-8. Typical delay before a call is forwarded
To forward calls you must first specify the forwarding Skype
Figure 1-12. Call-forwarding Options dialog
Skype call forwarding enables you to redirect incoming Skype calls to another Skype