How to Receive Texts in Skype

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How to Receive Texts in Skype
It is possible to send SMS text messages to a Skype user with third-party services. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Skype is a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) service that allows users to place and receive phone calls using their computer and Internet connection instead of a cell phone or landline. Using Skype for telephone calls instead of a cell phone or landline is typically cheaper, but Skype cannot totally replace some of the functionality many people have become used to. Although you can send SMS text messages to cell phones from Skype, you cannot receive SMS text messages with Skype. There are, however, a couple of third-party services you can use as workarounds to receive texts in Skype.

Skill level:
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Instructions

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  1. 1

    Create a new SMS text message on your cell phone.

  2. 2

    Enter "skype," a space, the Skype username of the recipient, and another space.

  3. 3

    Enter the text of your message.

  4. 4

    Send the SMS message to the number "+447747782320." Don't omit the "+" symbol. The SMS message will appear as a chat message in the recipient's Skype interface momentarily.

    sms4skype

  1. 1

    Create a new SMS text message on your cell phone.

  2. 2

    Enter "skype," a space, the Skype username of the recipient, and another space.

  3. 3

    Enter the text of your message.

  4. 4

    Send the SMS message to the number "+41762203200." Don't omit the "+" symbol. The SMS message will appear as a chat message in the recipient's Skype interface momentarily.

Tips and warnings

  • Store the service's number (including the "+" symbol) in your address book if you intend to use it frequently.
  • Remember that the text message you send cannot exceed the usual 160 characters, including the word "skype" and the recipient's username. If your message is too long and your phone splits it, the second part of the message will not reach the Skype user.

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