Skype

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.6.0.248
  • Total Downloads:
    19,708,335
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 08, 2008
  • 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 chat client 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

    3.8

    out of 36 votes

    • 5 star 14
    • 4 star 12
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 4
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    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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2 stars

"Irritating"

April 25, 2008  |  By seanandrews

 |  Version: Skype 3.6.0.248

Pros

Maybe this thing works well for making phone calls. I don't know. I have not tried yet.

Cons

I am already irritated with it because it automatically imports into the Skype contact list all people from my Outlook Contacts list who happen to have phone numbers, which I don't want it to do. And you cannot delete them once Skype imports them. All you can do is BLOCK them. But they still appear in your contacts list. How irritating is that?!?

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4 stars

"Stable performance, use it everyday"

April 23, 2008  |  By FuzzyWuzzy22

 |  Version: Skype 3.6.0.248

Pros

I've been using it for years, including the Skype-in and Skype-out options. Excellent performance for P2P Skype voice communication. Plenty of useful add-ons to make collaboration easy.

Cons

Skype-out to regular or cell-phone often has poor quality. Not sure the reason for this. Though the Skype-to-Skype calls are crystal clear.

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4 stars

"still the best!"

April 23, 2008  |  By Chandra G Roehrs

 |  Version: Skype 3.6.0.248

Pros

voice quality is excellent; full range of services available; the price can't be beat; the website is easy to navigate

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4 stars

"Easy to use"

April 21, 2008  |  By Ezzahn24

 |  Version: Skype 3.6.0.248

Pros

Sound quality is generally very clear. Always seems to work Skype to skype. A lot of features like dialing out to landlines, voice mail and paying by PayPal.

Cons

Skype-Out is erratic, when I first used it 2 years ago I never had as many voice drop outs as I do now. Video takes up most of my computer processing sometimes.

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5 stars

"its great to use skype"

April 18, 2008  |  By rothel1975

 |  Version: Skype 3.6.0.248

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4 stars

"Great"

April 15, 2008  |  By Carole.yorac

 |  Version: Skype 3.6.0.248

Pros

You can make a call with webcam.

Cons

sometime the call will automatic stop

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5 stars

"Its My Home Phone"

April 14, 2008  |  By Allatu

 |  Version: Skype 3.6.0.248

Pros

used skype for a long time for free then started paying for calls the rates where great and now have my own call back number and unlimited calls anywhere in US and Canada and it cost less then a home phone.

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4 stars

"Cheap Connectivity"

April 13, 2008  |  By shlonky

 |  Version: Skype 3.6.0.248

Pros

I['m using it to call landline phones - the rates are great for long calls. for short calls - the connection fee can be steep

Cons

why did you hide the connection fee??

does not supply a landline number for your account in every country.

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5 stars

"Best program I have tryed of this type best free program I have ever used. ."

April 12, 2008  |  By virgilb

 |  Version: Skype 3.6.0.248

Pros

Great program talk with my son often great to talk eye to eye.

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1 stars

"Not Happy"

April 10, 2008  |  By didach

 |  Version: Skype 3.6.0.248

Cons

I've been trying for a month just to do a test call, my calls have been dropped and even the recorded call skips. Have never been able to speak with daughter in Korea. Am I doing something wrong? Why won't it work?

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.6.0.248
Version 3.6.0.248 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Skype
Publisher web site http://skype.com/
Release Date February 08, 2008
Date Added February 08, 2008
Version 3.6.0.248
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows
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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