By Bill Hughes
There are three scenarios for getting access to Skype.
Use your existing Skype account: This is if you already have a Skype account on, say, your PC.
Sign in with your Microsoft account: If you already have an e-mail account with Microsoft, you don’t need to create a separate Skype account. You can tell that you have a Microsoft account if your e-mail address ends in @msn.com, @live.com, or @hotmail.com.
Create a new Skype account: You use this option if you don’t already have a Skype account or a Microsoft account.
If you have a Skype account or a Microsoft account, enter your account number. If not, tap the Create a Skype account link at the bottom of the page.
Before you start entering information, you’re greeted with the warning. There’s no need to worry. Your cellular phone is there in case you need to dial 9-1-1. Tap the link that says I agree, and you’ll see the account-creation page.
The app is pretty smart. Try to populate some of the line in this page by looking up information from your e-mail and contact database. If you like the options it chooses for you, go ahead and take them. Otherwise try your own. If the name Skype chooses is available, it’s yours to use. If not, try again.
Account creation populates your number with the ten digits of your telephone number. However, when you try to create an account with this number, the app will reject it. It wants the International prefix: You need to enter a +1 before you type the ten digits used in the United States.