You can SMS message people using Skype though it ends up costing money per text message so I rarely use the feature. To be able to SMS message contacts or call contacts in your Skype contact list you used to have to synchronize these contacts via Outlook but now you can also enter “Phone Number” only contacts in Skype. If the number is not entered properly in the Outlook contact then Skype will tell you that it does not recognise the number and require you to dial it manually or you could fix the number to allow for one click dialing of this contact or for you to be able to SMS message this Skype contact. The error is shown in the below image at the bottom of the Skype window.
Error For Incorrectly Entered Skype Numbers: Number not recognised. Go to the call phones tab to enter the number and send the SMS.
To resolve the above error just make sure that the number is entered properly in Outlook so when the Outlook contacts are displayed in Skype it will allow you to one click dial it or send an SMS message to it. When entering numbers for Outlook contacts make sure that they include a “+1” in front of the area code. So along the same lines if you want Skype to function properly with an Outlook contact the contact must have the area code as well so the number must be the full ten digit number with a +1 in front of it as shown in the below Outlook contact example image.
Notice the number listed for *Mobile that starts with +1. When this is included in the Skype list it will allow you to double click on the contact and then one click dial the contact as shown below.
Notice the difference between this Skype message window and the first one in this article is the green “Call Mobile” button versus the navy blue “Dial the phone number”. The green button indicates that you can one click dial the contact via Skype.