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.
Skype for iPhone brings the iconic service to your mobile device, so you can take advantage of it no matter where you are. Keep in touch with your Skype contacts or use the service to connect with friends on traditional telephone service using your Skype Credit.
Widely used: Calls to any other Skype users are free, no matter where they are in the world. And since so many people use the service, there are probably quite a few of your contacts you can reach this way.
Not just Wi-Fi: Unlike FaceTime or some other services that provide free video calling, Skype can be used for Video Chat over cellular networks, as well as Wi-Fi. That means you can see the person you're talking to no matter how you or they are connected, and less coordination is required.
Direct call and SMS: If you do want to call someone through Skype who doesn't use the service or who isn't logged in, you can call their regular phone or utilize SMS using Skype Credit at decently low rates. These rates vary depending on your location and that of the person you're calling, but it makes it possible to connect with anyone, anywhere at a reasonable cost.
Ad interference: There are some rather intrusive banner ads located between the header and the main interface on the Contacts and Chat pages that are easy to hit by accident or mistake for part of the app. While ads are an expected part of a free service like this, the placement of these ads does take away from the user experience a bit.
Skype works well, and its wide adoption makes it an excellent option for keeping in touch with just about anyone. The app works well, so whether you're a long-time Skype user who wants to start using it on a mobile device, or you're investigating the service for the first time, you won't be disappointed.
Say "hello" to the new Skype for iPhone.
Remastered to put your conversations with the people who matter most at your fingertips.
Stay in touch with free messaging, voice or video calls on Skype.
What's new in this version:
Start a group audio call from your iPhone.
Turn a chat, an audio call or a video call into a group audio call with up to four people.