|Getting a Phone Number||Receiving a Phone In Call||Putting a Call on Hold||Managing Your Phone In Account|
Now you can receive phone calls from regular phones and mobile phones right on your PC—on any PC as a matter of fact, as long as the PC is connected to the Internet. Oh, and you need to get a phone number through the Yahoo! Phone In service and hand it out to your friends. The phone number follows your Yahoo! ID around, so whenever you’re signed into Yahoo! Messenger and no matter where you are on the Internet, your friends can call you. Yahoo! Phone In is a subscription-based premium service. To learn more, go to the Yahoo! Voice web site.
Tip: The Yahoo! Phone In service isn’t available when conversing with Windows Live™ Messenger contacts.
It’s easy to get a Phone In number. In fact, you can get a number for almost any place that works for you; you don’t even need to live there. Let’s say your family lives in Boston and you’re in San Francisco. You can get a Phone In number with a Boston area code so that when your family calls you on your PC, it’s a local call for them. To top it off, you can get unlimited numbers assigned to your ID. (Each number carries its own monthly fee and the fee is the same for each number.)
While signed into Messenger, click the Phone In link in the box below your Messenger List.
The Yahoo! Voice web site opens.
Follow the online instructions to sign up for Yahoo! Phone In
To update your Messenger interface and to start receiving Phone In calls, sign out of and back in to Messenger.
After signing in to Messenger, notice that your new Phone In number appears in the box below your Messenger List.
To add more phone numbers, click the Phone In number in the box below your Messenger List to open your Yahoo! Phone In online account in a web browser.
Be sure to sign out of and back in to Messenger so that your friends can receive calls on your new number.
The Yahoo! Voice category in the Messenger Preferences window lets you select a number to display. The selected number is the number others see when you call them using Messenger’s Yahoo! Phone Out feature (if their phone system supports caller ID).
Forgotten what your Phone In numbers are? Just hold the cursor over the number displayed below your Messenger List and a complete list of your numbers appears.