Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Video Calls 51 51 people found this article helpful Can You Use Skype as Your Home Phone? How to make calls with Skype instead of your landline By Nadeem Unuth Freelance Contributor Nadeem Unuth is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire who specializes in information and communication technology with a focus on VoIP. our editorial process LinkedIn Nadeem Unuth Updated April 02, 2020 The Ultimate Guide to Skype The Ultimate Guide to Skype Introduction Skype Basics Internet Speed Required for Skype HD Calls How Much Does It Cost to Use Skype? How to Delete Your Skype Account Guide to Using Skype as Your Home Phone Getting Started How to Change Your Skype Username Setting up a Conference Call With Skype How to Make a Skype Conference Call How to Make HD Video Calls With Skype How to Share a Screen on Skype Tips for Using Skype How to Record Skype Calls Use Skype's Split View Mode in Windows 10 Stop Skype From Starting Automatically How to Blur the Background In Skype How to Find and Use Skype Emoji How to Skype With Alexa Working with Contacts How to Add Contacts on Skype How to Delete Skype Contacts How to Block Someone on Skype How to Unblock Someone on Skype How to Delete a Skype Conversation Skype on Different Platforms Installing Skype on Ubuntu Installing Skype on a Mac Using Skype on an iPad & iPhone Using Skype on a Chromebook Using Skype in a Web Browser How to Use Skype for Android Creating a Skype Account on Windows Troubleshooting & Updating What to Do When Skype Isn't Working Make a Test Call How to Uninstall Skype How to Update Fix Skype Webcam Problems Tweet Share Email Can Skype replace your residential landline phone service? Not completely. You still need a landline or mobile phone to access 911 emergency services, which are not available on VoIP platforms. But if you want to reduce your monthly phone bill, consider using Skype for your calls instead of your landline. Instructions in this article apply to Skype on Android OS 4.0.4 or higher or iOS 10 or higher. What You Need to Make Skype Calls First, make sure you have a good internet connection. A Wi-Fi hotspot at home is ideal. These days, most internet service providers include one with your plan. Then, you need a mobile phone capable of connecting to the Wi-Fi hotspot and running Skype. How to Make Skype Calls Once you have your equipment set up, follow the steps below to start making phone calls using Skype. Install the Skype app on your mobile device. Register for a monthly Skype subscription. You need one if you want to make unlimited calls to landlines and mobile phones. If you live in the U.S., a subscription costs $2.99/month. Although it says it's unlimited, the U.S. plan charges an additional $0.15/minute if you use 2,000 minutes per month. Alternatively, if you don't need a lot of minutes, you can buy Skype credit instead of a subscription. This also lets you make calls around the world at various rates, and you pay as you go. Find the person you want to call from your Contacts list. If you synced your phone's contact list with your Skype contact list, you can make Skype calls by selecting the Skype button next to the person you want to call. Select the contact you want to call, and then choose the Audio Call button. If you want to make a group call, simply add another contact. At the end of a call, select the End Call button to hang up. If you want to receive calls through Skype, you need an online phone number. A Skype number is attached to your account and it lets you answer incoming calls via the app. You can choose the country and area code for your new number. Consider keeping your landline. Since Skype doesn't allow emergency calls, you still need it if you need to dial 9-1-1.