So, I've contacted to my companion through Skype. What do people usually say first in this situation? "How are you"? or giving a name first and then "How are you"? Or are those two phrases are incompatible with each other... if you give a name do you need to avoid How are you?
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There's nothing wrong with "Hello, this is Colleen." Then you should pause for just a moment to see if they want to respond, and if not, ask any polite question like "How are you?", "Is this a good time to talk?", or "Is my volume OK?"
Personally, I find that questions about the quality of our connection and whether they can easily hear me when I speak are the most useful sorts of questions. You want to correct any issues with the volume or position of your microphone and/or webcam before you really start talking.
I most often start Skype conversations with "Hello!", or "Hi, !" Similarly to a phone conversation, the other person will usually reply with a similar greeting, possibly followed by "How are you?"
I find that Skype and other VOIP calls tend to follow similar protocols as an old-fashioned phone call.