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Getting Started on Skype for BlackBerry 10

by Joanna_M Staff on ‎22-05-2013 07:10 - last edited on ‎19-06-2013 10:29 by Community Manager Community Manager (8,122 Views)

Welcome to the wonderful world of Skype for BlackBerry 10! We’re really excited to share the great Skype for Android experience with you on these BlackBerry devices. If this is your first time using Skype on a smartphone you might appreciate a bit of a tour.


To make sure you get off to the best possible start, we’ve put together these useful tips on three of the most important things to know about Skype:


  • How to add a contact
  • How to send an instant message
  • How to start a call

Also, don’t forget to check out the Skype support site for more information and helpful guides.

Lastly, before we get started, you might find the navigation of Skype on your BlackBerry 10 device a little different. Learn more about getting around Skype on your BlackBerry using gestures.


Adding contacts


If you’re an experienced Skype user then your contact list probably already contains your nearest and dearest friends and family. However, if you’re new to Skype the first thing you’ll want to do is add those contacts. Luckily, adding contacts with Skype for your BlackBerry is easy.


To add a contact:


  • Sign in to Skype.
  • Tap Contacts.
  • Swipe from the top of the screen to display the options bar.
  • Tap the menu button on the options bar.
  • Tap Add contacts.
  • Enter your friend’s name, Skype Name or email address.
  • Select the contact you want to add from the search results and tap Add. 
  • Write something to introduce yourself if you want, and tap Add contacts.

Your new contact will show in your contact list but, depending on their privacy settings, they will have to accept your contact request before you can call and message them.


Sending an instant message


Once you’ve added a few contacts to Skype, you’re going to want to get in touch with them. Instant messages are just one way of speaking to your friends. They’re free and don’t have a character limit.


To send an instant message:


  • Sign into Skype.
  • Tap Contacts.
  • Select the contact you want and tap Send IM.
  • Tap the text field, type your message and tap enter on your keyboard.

Learn more about instant messaging.


Making a call


You can make free calls from Skype to Skype or make calls to landlines and mobiles using a little Skype credit or a subscription.

To make a call from Skype on your BlackBerry:


  • Sign in to Skype.
  • Tap Contacts.
  • Find and select the contact you’d like to call.
  • Tap Voice call or Video call depending on how you’d like to contact your friend

If you tap Voice call and your friend has a phone number saved to their profile, you can choose whether to call them on that number or on Skype.


In order to call landlines and mobiles you’ll need a little Skype credit or a subscription. To celebrate the launch of Skype on BlackBerry 10 and for a limited time only, BlackBerry are giving away a number of Skype Unlimited World subscriptions. With this offer you can call over 60 countries for free for three months. If you’re a BlackBerry user in the United Kingdom, United States or Canada, sign up before it’s too late!


Lastly, if you still have questions on how to use Skype on your BlackBerry, why not ask them in the Skype Community? You’ll find loads of experienced Skype users ready and willing to answer any questions you might have.

by sharafath on ‎28-05-2013 12:56

Thanks for your help 


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