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Skype for iPhone

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  • Date Added:
    Dec. 30, 2010
  • Price:
    Free; iTunes account required

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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 stars

"What Am I Missing?"

June 09, 2011  |  By salsanotes

 |  Version: Skype for iPhone 3.0


None that I could see


Couldn't figure out how to use it


Not like the desktop version

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4 stars

"It's Skype"

March 14, 2011  |  By Nils_Magnus

 |  Version: Skype for iPhone 3.0


less price for int calls


Unstable connection

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0
Version 3.0 includes Skype to Skype video calls on WiFi and 3G, option to call Skype desktop users and other iPhone users, two-way video calls support on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPod touch 4th gen, and option to make video calls in portrait and landscape.
Publisher Skype
Publisher web site http://skype.com/
Release Date December 30, 2010
Date Added December 30, 2010
Version 3.0
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Social Networking Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems iOS, iPhone OS 3.x
Additional Requirements Requires iPhone OS 3.0
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name External File
Total Downloads 137,735
Downloads Last Week 9
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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