Skype

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.8.0.144
  • Total Downloads:
    19,708,335
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 01, 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

    4.0

    out of 25 votes

    • 5 star 12
    • 4 star 9
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 3
  • 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

"To have a problem free connection,and a fast connection"

November 25, 2008  |  By christojvanvuuren

 |  Version: Skype 3.8.0.144

Pros

This product is very userfrendly

Cons

There are nothing i dont like

Summary

I didnot strugle to load this product,the product is very user frendly

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5 stars

"Great Software"

October 04, 2008  |  By DJGray88

 |  Version: Skype 3.8.0.144

Pros

Save's on my long distance bill's.

Cons

Getting friends to sign up for Skype.

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5 stars

"is this free"

October 02, 2008  |  By hamid515

 |  Version: Skype 3.8.0.144

Pros

is this free like my cousin called my on skype and it charged me

Cons

i dont know if this is free

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5 stars

"better than handy!"

September 25, 2008  |  By rumba564

 |  Version: Skype 3.8.0.144

Pros

simple, no problems, best freeware!

Cons

need a headset :P

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4 stars

"Very I have been able so save some money."

September 25, 2008  |  By Jairot

 |  Version: Skype 3.8.0.144

Pros

Very good and easy to use.

Cons

None, this is a good product.

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1 stars

"skype version 3.8 - mic does not work"

September 23, 2008  |  By vinodsangwan

 |  Version: Skype 3.8.0.144

Pros

Before the version 3.8 release, everything was fine with 3.6

Cons

Mic does not work with skype version 3.8 but works with 3.6.
With 3.6, the keypad does not work correctly for conference calls where in I have to dial seven digit number. I tried dialling a lot of times, but everytime it reads numbers incorrectly

Summary

My mic does not work with 3.8, but works with 3.6.0.248. So I had to uninstall the latest version and install the version 3.6.0.248.
The same mic is working fine for yahoo, googletalk and skype 3.6.0.248.

I have already raised an issue for this, but nothing has been done about it. I got an email to check my setting etc. I did everything but nothing worked. Moreover as my mic works with googletalk, yahoo, and even skype 3.6, so I am pretty sure that something is sure with latest version 3.8 of skype.

I am facing the same issue on three different laptops of my family, all with windows xp and so had to revert back to skype 3.6.0.248 which works fine.
Kindly do something about it.

I can continue using skype 3.6.0.248, but have started facing one issue in that as well.
Now with skype 3.6.0.248, the keypad does not function when I am in call (eg. when I am on call and have to press keypads like "press 7 digit pin to continue"), earlier it was working perfectly.

I am having really a hard time with skype nowadays.

I am rating version 3.8 only, I was happy with 3.6 until this keypad problems while conferencing started coming with 3.6 release as well.

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2 stars

"I have to *82 before I cant call."

September 19, 2008  |  By camboy1131

 |  Version: Skype 3.8.0.144

Pros

skype dosent suport *82 so I cant call them revealing my phone number before I call , I cant call my mom. because I have to show my caller id. Hello (elliot2698 at yahoo . com ) help email me so I can fix this problem

Cons

skype dosent suport *82 so I cant call them revealing my phone number before I call , I cant call my mom. because I have to show my caller id. Hello (elliot2698 at yahoo . com ) help email me so I can fix this problem

Summary

skype dosent suport *82 so I cant call them revealing my phone number before I call , I cant call my mom. because I have to show my caller id. Hello (elliot2698 at yahoo . com ) help email me so I can fix this problem

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4 stars

"it's good!"

September 18, 2008  |  By freebird887

 |  Version: Skype 3.8.0.144

Pros

easy to use

Cons

Transfer files too slow.

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5 stars

"EXCELLENT MAREVIIIIIILLLLLLA"

September 14, 2008  |  By pacobi

 |  Version: Skype 3.8.0.144

Pros

ME ENCANTO MUY BUENO Y RAPIDO

Cons

MAGNIFICO EL MEJOR PROGRAMA PARA VIDEOCONFERENCIAS

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1 stars

"Terrible noy worth the time and money"

September 07, 2008  |  By 1279jrc

 |  Version: Skype 3.8.0.144

Pros

Don't have anything good to say about the product.

Cons

I have used to call overseas but the connection is so bad that you can hear only every other word. They are going to have to fix that a lot more to get me again

Summary

Dislike the product not worth time and money. Doesn't function properly.
Calls are clear if you could understand the other caller and them you. So I consider it to be unworthy to functionas a fix to long distance.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.8.0.144
Version 3.8.0.144 has Firefox Skype plugin updated to version 2.2.0.94.
General
Publisher Skype
Publisher web site http://skype.com/
Release Date August 01, 2008
Date Added August 01, 2008
Version 3.8.0.144
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows XP, 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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