Skype for iPhone

Skype for iPhone

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.5
out of 10 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.0
File Size:
Not available
Date Added:
May 31, 2010
Price:
Free; iTunes account required
Operating Systems:
iOS, iPhone OS 3.x
Total Downloads:
135,701
Downloads Last Week:
40
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Requires iPhone OS 3.0

Editors' Note: The "Download Now" link directs you to the iTunes App Store, where you must continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed in order to open the link, and you must have an active iTunes account to download the application. This download may not be available in some countries.

Editors' review

Skype's official iPhone app is one way to climb aboard the VoIP calling (and IM) train Skype from the iPhone. Skype for iPhone has always let you place free 3G calls to other Skype users, and low-price calls to cell phones and landlines around the world. Version 2.0 at long last introduces support for making calls over the 3G data network. Call quality will depend on your data or Wi-Fi connection, though we found that Skype's audio can be clearer than with conventional calls, especially internationally. Since that isn't always the case, an improved quality meter will flash a message on the screen when your coverage fluctuates. However, if you hold the phone to your ear or let the screen dim, you may miss these visual alerts.

There's just one catch: Skype's 3G calling is only on a trial basis for now. In early 2011, the VoIP company will levy a "small monthly fee," the amount of which remains undecided for now, according to online reports. Skype has not yet released information explaining how it'll charge for the service, but we're guessing subscribers will sign up through in-app purchasing.

As for the rest, Skype for iPhone presents an interface that's arguably more intuitive than the Mac and PC Skype clients, but it's also lighter on features. Here's what you can do: quickly see the status of your contacts, start IM conversations (over Wi-Fi or 3G), add pictures from your phone to contacts (which almost instantly syncs to your computer client, as well), and access your profile and voice mail. Though Skype does voice calls well, it's also behind some competitors, especially when it comes to adding video-calling features to its voice repertoire.

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    2.5

    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current Version:

    3.5

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    • 2 star: 0
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  • 1 stars

    "Doesn't work without wifi"

    October 10, 2013   |   By Rydell86

    Version: Skype for iPhone 4.9

    Pros

    -Free
    -When on wifi the video and call quality is very good

    Cons

    -When not on wifi video is impossible and voice will break up and drop within 10-20 seconds.

    Summary

    This is over a good quality 4G network to a computer based skype (where broadband cable is used) there's no connection speed based problem. It simply does not work over anything but wifi. This has been tried and true on different iphones, 3G, 4G, and an Android phone that was 3G.

    Updated on Oct 10, 2013

    Should've changed to 2 stars. Apologies. It does work well over wifi.

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