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Skype For iPhone Means Free Calls From Your iPhone Skype App

There are many apps that can help you connect with your friends and family and help you make video calls and conversations, but Skype is superior to them all. With the help of Skype you can hook up with your friends and family around the globe without spending a single penny. There are other apps such as Apple’s free Face Time but it limits you as you can only call to Apple users, but with Skype can call anyone anywhere free of cost.

With Skype you can make free calls to anyone who has Skype account. Non Skype users such as mobile phones and traditional telephone numbers can be called cheaply by purchasing Skype credits which can be bought from Skype, making sure no one is out of Skype’s reach.

Skype has released Skype 3.0 for iPhone which allows users with an added feature of sending and receiving videos on your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and 4th generation iPod touch running i OS 4.0 or advanced. As for the remaining devices, i Pad and 3rd generation iPod touch, these cannot send videos but can surely receive them. Video was a long anticipated feature.

The sound quality seemed substantial, we tested it in several ways, and even with the Wi-Fi the quality remained great. In order to have clear idea of other person’s voice we put the volume to maximum and results were same, great and clear. As for Skype 3.5, receiving calls on it is much easier than the previous iterations. In Skype 2.0 you had to launch and keep the app running to receive the calls, which was very much annoying. The new Skype app runs in the background and you can receive calls at any time, provided you stay logged in. The call functions as a standard phone call where you can either receive the audio call, video call if available, or you can reject it.

4G is far superior to 3G when using Skype, for a few reasons. While you will experience fast web page download on 3G, it will not give clear Skype voice transmission because to have clear voice you need low latency and jitter, which are some of the biggest issues of 3G networks. The quality of calls keeps on vacillating, sometimes you will be hearing voice reasonable good but the other party will not be hearing it as good as you are. During our test we found out that 3G Skype worked better outdoors rather than indoors. There were several other issues too, sometimes the voice came earlier followed by video a second or two later. You would find the audio and video quality a bit shabby in the beginning but it soon becomes smooth within few seconds of the call.

But once fully connected and passed the initial shabbiness, video calls proved to be of substantial quality and audio was loud and clear. We tested out Skype 3.5 on iPhone 4S and it worked well.

Overall, Skype for iPhone is a great application that every iPhone owner should check out.

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