Yahoo! Messenger for Mac beta adds voice calling
With this new version, you can make free PC-to-PC calls or sign up for a Phone Out account to make calls from your Mac to regular or mobile phones worldwide for as low as one cent a minute, according to the folks at Yahoo. And if you want friends to be able to call you on your Mac from any phone, sign up for a Phone In account and choose a number.
Now that the Mac version has voice, users can also enjoy two other handy features: free voicemail and call forwarding. If youâ€™re away from your Mac or signed out of Yahoo! Messenger, friends can leave you a voicemail, which is then delivered as an email attachment to an address of your choice.
If you want to make sure you donâ€™t miss calls, use the call forwarding feature to immediately send incoming calls to any regular or mobile phone number. Note that you do need a Phone Out account to use call forwarding.
There is also a new Voice & Calls section in the preferences menu. From there you can set what email address should receive your voicemails, what number your calls should get forwarded to, and things like whether or not you want iTunes to pause when a call comes in.
Youâ€™ll find the voice features in a new â€œVoice & SMSâ€ button in your IM window. From there you can start a call, or send a free SMS (text) message to a friendâ€™s mobile phone (note that your friend may be charged for receiving your SMS message depending on their mobile phone data plan).
The main contact list window also has a button near the bottom that opens up a dial pad. If youâ€™re curious about the voice features but arenâ€™t ready to sign up for a Phone Out account (or donâ€™t have a friend you can call for free on PC-to-PC), try the â€œMake a free test callâ€ button in the Voice preferences menu. During the free call you can record and playback your voice to check out the quality.
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