The sound quality of a Skype session is greatly improved with a headset that includes a microphone and headphones: the headphones eliminate the chance that the person speaking will hear his own words echoing back, and the microphone helps isolate the sound of the user's voice. If you are using an Apple iPhone headset with a built-in microphone, you may experience connection problems due to settings or compatibility, as not all devices can accept the microphone input. By choosing the correct Skype and device settings, you can test compatibility and configure your devices correctly.
Understanding Skype's Default Setting
When you plug your headphones in to your computer or mobile device, Skype automatically recognizes them as headphones. Because the microphone does not require a separate cable, Skype may not immediately register it as the sound input source. If you are unsure whether or not your microphone is working, make a test call in Skype. Launch Skype and look for "Skype test call, " "Echo / Sound Test Service, " or "Skype Test Call (echo123)" in your contacts. Call the contact, follow the prompts to record a message, and listen to the playback. If you do not hear audio, it is likely that you need to change your Skype or computer sound settings.
Configuring Skype Sound Input
Before Skype can recognize your Apple inline microphone, you must adjust the configuration. On a Windows machine, open Skype and choose "Audio Settings" from the Call menu. In the Microphone drop-down box, choose the Apple headset input. To test the sound input, speak into the microphone and watch the volume indicator. If it does not react to the sound of your voice, your computer may not be compatible with the Apple headset. On a Mac, choose "Preferences" from the Skype menu and click on the "Audio/Video" tab. Ensure that your headset is selected in the Microphone field and speak into the microphone. If the volume indicator reacts with green bars, your headset is fully functional.
Determining Mobile Device Compatibility
If your mobile device is compatible with the Apple headphones, it will automatically recognize the microphone; if it is not, your voice will simply be input through the phone microphone. Although the headphones were designed specifically for Apple devices, they do not work on all generations. The headphones work on all devices, but the earliest generations that support the inline microphone are the fourth generation iPod Nano, the iPod Classic, the second generation iPod Touch, and the iPhone 3GS. All later devices support the microphone, along with all iPad models.
Get Skype so you can talk for free over computer
If your friends have computers, you can all use Skype to talk for free. You can even do video calls for free if you have webcams. Otherwise you need a microphone and speakers to use it as a "speaker phone" or get a headset. Or get a webcam with a built-in microphone, you can use that as a mic/speakerphone too without using the video.
You can even make regular calls to phones on Skype for 2.3 cents a minute or pay like $30/year for unlimited domestic calling out. If you are near a computer enough, that might be enough to cushion your 1000 minutes/month. Use the cell when you aren't near a computer.
Skype is FREE for computer to computer use
Just go to Skype.com and download the app, then sign up for an account. That allows you to make free computer to computer calls - to someone else with Skype. I use it all the time to make video calls to a friend a few states away, for hours, all for free.
I have a webcam with a microphone, and the audio quality is fantastic, far better than a regular phone. But you can get a bluetooth headset (I have a crappy one that came free with my cell phone that I tried and it works but I'd never use it).
To use Skype for regular phone calling, you have to add on two services: SkypeIn where you can buy a telephone number ($38 a year, I just got a number) and SkypeOut, which is $28(?)a a year I think, I don't have that but it lets you call out to any phone unlimited domestic long distance
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