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					?Turning you PSP into a phone is cool enough. Turning it into a free phone device is
awesome, and that's what you get if you take advantage of the newly integrated Skype
functionality. Since the Skype software is free, and account setup is free, there's a
good chance you've already discovered the benefits of using this Voice over IP format
to chat to friends. If not, now there's really no reason not to jump on the bandwagon
and enjoy free PSP-to-PSP calling.

Unlike phones and traditional landlines, Skype uses Internet bandwidth to allow for
free computer-to-computer calls, as well as calls to and from mobile/ home phones.
Skype on PSP gives the service a fresh portable extension, allowing PSP owners to
tap into a WI-Fi network to communicate with other registered PSP owners, computer
users, and standard telephone users.

You can use the stand-alone PSP headphones with the PSP USB microphone, though
the combined headset is specifically designed for use with Skype and is both
comfortable and effective. Be sure to check for the latest version of the PSP firmware
before starting; go to Network Update under the Setting tab of the XMB to download
the latest version if you need it. Once up to date, slide over to the Network tab on the
far right of the Xmb and select Skype.

If you already have a Skype account, you can easily use it on the PSP by entering
your username and password. Those new to the Internet telephone fold will not need
to fire up a PC to get started, simply select the Create New Skype Account option and
the PSP web browser will point you in the right direction. Skype registration is
completely free, as are calls to and from other PSP users and computers. It's the more
Interesting stuff, talking to standard phone users, receiving voicemail that requires
dropping a little change.

For $60 a year (or $18 for three months), you can buy a local number in one 21
countries (including the U.S and U.K) allowing phone users to call you PSP an pay
standard rates even if you are on the other side of the world. Call any landline or cell
phone with reasonable per minute. You will have to prepay for Skype Credit to place
such calls, but it can be far cheaper than calling international buddies on your national
mobile plan. Receive vice messages when you are not logged in to Skype for $20 a
year (or $6 for three months). Not only will this come in handy while outside a Wi-Fi
hotspot, but you won't have to leave you PSP on to hear from a pal.

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