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is it possible to use my phone's wired headphones (which have only one output jack) to my laptop and use it as both earphones and mic? Which normally require 2 separate jacks

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I assume your phone's headphones has a mic piece? –  Dave Rook Dec 14 '12 at 9:24
    
Yes, they do. Problem is the connection –  Chen Asraf Dec 15 '12 at 0:14
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Yes it may be possible but with out knowing the headphone it's hard to tell.

Assuming your headphone is both a mic and speakers, and the other end is using either a jack or a mini-jack, you'll need to see how many black lines are around the connector. 1, 2 or 3. In music, 1 means mono and 2 stereo. The third is for 'other', in this instance most likely a microphone.

This image may help (although not your device)

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EDIT

As per our comments and keep all relevant data in the main answer, you will need a splitter or adapter - please see http://www.meelec.com/MEElectronics_Skype_Adapter_for_PC_p/adptr-skype-22in-35.htm for an example. If this link fails, then try a search engine for a term similar to "trrs adapter" or "trrs skype adapter".

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My earphones have 3 lines - stereo and mic. They have an inbuilt mic for phone calls, I was wondering if I could use it to Skype/etc –  Chen Asraf Dec 15 '12 at 0:15
    
I see, thank you! Please add the link to the answer itself and I'll mark it as answered –  Chen Asraf Dec 15 '12 at 11:28
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You might need an adapter like one of these, which can convert a TRRS type headset to two separate audio and microphone plugs.

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