Skype

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1924 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3
  • Total Downloads:
    19,727,617
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 14, 2006
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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Skype is well regarded for offering stable, free VOIP to other Skype users and affordable calling from a PC to a phone, be it a landline or a cell phone. The most recent upgrade makes getting in touch with friends and family--and even complete strangers--much, much easier.

Functionality still varies depending on your Internet connection and what else you're doing with it while using Skype, but they are making some efforts to improve that. When you finish a Skype call, a Web page opens and asks you about the conversation's sound quality. The clean layout combines familiar chatware functions with a dialing interface, so that calling a phone is as simple as entering the desired number and hitting the dial button.

Improvements include conference calling with as many as nine people, video calling, and a browser plug-in that turns phone numbers on Web pages into links that automatically dial via Skype when clicked. There are also Skypecasts, throwbacks to the party-line multiperson telephone conversations from the mid-20th century.

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

    4.2

    out of 30 votes

    • 5 star 19
    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 1924 votes

    • 5 star 799
    • 4 star 615
    • 3 star 198
    • 2 star 99
    • 1 star 213
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5 stars

"Excellent Instant Messanger Program"

February 25, 2007  |  By mwp1979

 |  Version: Skype 3

Pros

Probably the best instant messenger program on the market. Allows you to Voice Chat, Type Chat, Send files from one computer to another. Or make voice calls to land line or cell phones. Best choice of IM's I have ever used.

Cons

No cross platform ability

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5 stars

"Skype has very good audio quality, without delays."

February 19, 2007  |  By lalalalala023

 |  Version: Skype 3

Pros

I like the great quality. There aren't delays with the audio conversations like on other programs such as Trillian, YIM, MSN, etc.

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2 stars

"sms fails"

February 14, 2007  |  By Olena-chan

 |  Version: Skype 3

Pros

free and it allows you to call regular cellphones and landlines around the globe (but not free)

Cons

when you try to send a sms message, it will either arrive 5 days later or never.

you still have to pay for it though

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3 stars

"DIFFICULT TO GET REGISTERED"

February 13, 2007  |  By JIN ZIMMER

 |  Version: Skype 3

Pros

HAVE NOT YET USED

Cons

HAVE NOT YET USED

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4 stars

"wow"

February 11, 2007  |  By meliek04

 |  Version: Skype 3

Pros

wwwww

Cons

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2 stars

"There are so many cons for this software."

February 10, 2007  |  By kawanobu

 |  Version: Skype 3

Pros

Free & many use it.

Cons

1. The company continually taps my fund source for more money into the account, without my authorization. This has been a BIG problem as I have been traveling in S.E. Asia for the past 12 months and I sometimes forget to sign out, so other people use my account. Those editors who rated this 5-stars must not have travelled at all to experience this aggravation.

2. Many times, an entry in the contact list disappears after using it. So next day I will have to fish out the number. They could do more to accommodate users.

3. I am going to switch to another company because of many other little problems I encounter, which annoy me a lot.

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4 stars

"So wonderful!"

January 12, 2007  |  By AndyCokeChon

 |  Version: Skype 3

Pros

It's much faster than the old. The quality of audio and video is enhanced much. This is still the best video chat software.

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4 stars

"Great just watch out for some strange people on there"

January 06, 2007  |  By johnpaullucky7

 |  Version: Skype 3

Pros

I use Skype its great there is live skype casts on there where you can chat to people in one big room for free. There is a Skype Me Mode where you can get people to find you and then add you its ok at times. No you dont need a microphone for this cause most users i speak to on here hate using them.

Cons

I hate the fact you get some guy or woman from e.g turkey or somewhere been sick pervert's. always be carefull in who you add you dont like them block them. be safe

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5 stars

"It's great!!!"

January 05, 2007  |  By WhatGoesAroundComesAround

 |  Version: Skype 3

Pros

I can call from the USA to Australia PC-to-PC & get better audio quality than if I were to use a telephone...and talk for hours...for FREE! Not only that, but we can use video & it's almost as though the person is right there (well, almost).

To all the complainers out there: Free is free. You are getting much more than you are paying for.

Cons

Sometimes I have problems w/video and/or audio quality, but all I have to do is hang up & call back; usually this clears up the problem. (My friend has been having major problems w/his computer, so this may not be a Skype problem after all.)

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1 stars

"Skype 3.0 interferes with other programs"

January 04, 2007  |  By christofer

 |  Version: Skype 3

Pros

sound and video are OK. The interface is much worse in this version.

Cons

last version put a telephone number into my bank program which annoyed both my bank and me. I had to unistall skype 3.0 and go back to skype 2.5 which was not easy to find to download.

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General
Publisher Skype
Publisher web site http://skype.com/
Release Date December 14, 2006
Date Added December 14, 2006
Version 3
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 19,727,617
Downloads Last Week 18,960
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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