Yesterday, I saw Skype followed by six letters in an e-mail with the sender's contact information--his name, telephone number, and e-mail address. It piqued my interest. What the heck is Skype?

According to, Skype is a computer program that can be used to make free voice calls over the Internet to anyone else who is also using Skype. It's free and considered easy to download and use, and works with most computers. Once you download, register and install the software, you'll need to plug in a headset, speakers or USB phone to start using Skype. "It is reported at, the Skype program has been downloaded more than 200 million times.

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