Skype

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1923 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.5
  • Total Downloads:
    19,708,335
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 31, 2006
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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Getting in touch with friends and family is easy with this Internet telephone software, but the functionality is conditional. Skype offers a graphically pleasing interface that's much like a chat program. To make calls, you'll need to create a contact list of friends and family or use the phone-like interface to dial people directly. You also can access a pull-down menu for painless conference calls of up to four people. To make free calls, both parties will need to have the Skype software installed. To call regular phones, you'll need to sign up for a plan with SkypeOut, the developer's paid service that offers cheap by-the-minute calling. We like the intuitive chat-like interface of Skype and we were surprised at the excellent sound quality, even with regular desktop speakers. Similar to a chat client, you can set your availability status, but we also would like to see a missed call indicator or, better yet, some form of voice mail. Overall, we think Skype is a strong contender in the Internet Telephony category, and anyone who's interested in talking for free should give it a try. For international callers who have computers, this program is a no-brainer solution for long-distance bills.
 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.4

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star 9
    • 4 star 3
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 1923 votes

    • 5 star 798
    • 4 star 615
    • 3 star 198
    • 2 star 99
    • 1 star 213
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4 stars

"Good product"

December 08, 2006  |  By DEV407

 |  Version: Skype 2.5

Pros

Speed

Cons

Interface

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5 stars

"Very good program"

November 27, 2006  |  By benniggg

 |  Version: Skype 2.5

Pros

I like it. it is easy to use, and very nice smilies. easy to call and to contact... Very good

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3 stars

"Skype is a brilliant product BUT we need mobility"

November 23, 2006  |  By jefielding

 |  Version: Skype 2.5

Pros

Easy to use, great to make free international calls but no mobility like with Globe Dialer!

Cons

The biggest problem is with mobility. I need to make calls from my mobile - and I can't be tied down by computer. I found Globe Dialer - a Java application that lets you make cheap int. calls from a mobile - worth checking out Globe Dialer

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5 stars

"VERY SUFFIECIENT"

November 18, 2006  |  By AHLANMASR

 |  Version: Skype 2.5

Pros

this product is amazing and very high technology

Cons

very fast and relaiable system

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5 stars

"Skype Rules!!!!"

November 15, 2006  |  By heavygear3

 |  Version: Skype 2.5

Pros

U get to talk for free (only comp-to-comp)! It has a really cool interface! Definitely brought technology to a higher level!

Cons

Nothing!

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5 stars

"Love it!"

November 05, 2006  |  By aaroneddy2000

 |  Version: Skype 2.5

Pros

its awsome cause you can not just conference up to 4 people with video and audio! but you can also conference call lan line phones and cell phone witch means you can conference your home phone and a long distance number and you just pick up your home phone before they pick up thears and then you can leave your computer and when you are done you disconect your computer!

AND ITS FREE!!!

Cons

nothing! I cant recemend this high enough

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5 stars

"Amazing! The phones of the future (and instant meassaging)"

November 05, 2006  |  By RaN away

 |  Version: Skype 2.5

Pros

the built in phone, and the whole concept of it

Cons

nothing

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5 stars

"Absolutely Brilliant, saves $$$$."

November 04, 2006  |  By Danni Sarena

 |  Version: Skype 2.5

Pros

I have saved heaps of $$$$ on phone bill. I now make 99% of my "normal" telephone calls with Skype. Soooo Easy to use.

Although it is definately possible to use Skype with just a cheap headset & microphone, I have spent a little extra money and set my computer up with a "chat cord" and good quality cordless phone. In my oppinion this expense is well worth it as I can use Skype to talk on the phone anywhere in the house, instead of just sitting in front of the computer.

If your friends have Skype, you can call them for free, but most of my calls use the Skype Out function, which calls a land-line or mobile phone for so much cheaper than the "normal" phone.

Cons

Calls still need to be dialled or answered using the computer and if you don't have a cordless phone attached, you will need to sit in front of your computer for the duration of the call.

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4 stars

"Excellent program!"

November 04, 2006  |  By loony636

 |  Version: Skype 2.5

Pros

Skype is perhaps the best free VOIP product available on the market today. While better ones may be out there, only this one comes without the expensive price tag. Voice calls are seamless (even on slow internet connections). Skype out is a great feature which rivals some of the cheapest international call rates, and the ability to buy your own phone number for people to ring means that Skype is definitely a great product.

Cons

Video calls tend to suffer even with high-speed internet connections and customer service is a bit lacking (especially to non-US and Canada countries). Other than that, no real complaints.

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5 stars

"i downlod and i chak fire weall and i still not log in pls HELP"

November 02, 2006  |  By efam1

 |  Version: Skype 2.5

Pros

NO1 I LIKE THE PRODUCT TO MACH .

Cons

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Skype
Publisher web site http://skype.com/
Release Date October 31, 2006
Date Added October 31, 2006
Version 2.5
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 1.48MB
File Name SkypeSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 19,708,335
Downloads Last Week 20,673
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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