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Monday, 25 February 2013

Skype - App Review

I've been using Skype for so long that it is part of daily life... perversely that means that it did not get selected for review; that omission will be remedied forthwith. Skype, as you no doubt already know, is probably the best way of keeping in touch, not only by 'telephone' but also by video. One of the real benefits is that the service is device independent; you and/or your contact do not need to have an iOS device.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
You can access your contacts directly from Skype, and those who already have a Skype account will clearly show up., and you can even see if these are on-line at the moment. You have access to your recent called list, including missed calls and any messages sent/received. Making and receiving a call are exactly as they are using an iPhone; simplicity itself. You can easily have a video call with anyone on Skype (and it's free), or even group video calls (chargeable).

Cost
A basic Skype account is absolutely free but is limited to contacting others who also have a Skype account (free or not). The real beauty is when you pay a modest amount and can now connect to any telephone number in the world. Buying a subscription is usually advantageous just take care in choosing the one that is best for you.

Indispensability
If a telephone is indispensable then, so is Skype!

Dependability
The quality of a call (from the point of view of sound, not content, of course) is determined by the quality of your Internet connection, as well as the connection (internet, mobile, or fixed) of the other party. I was recently in an area where mobile coverage made calls unviable and the Internet connection was not exactly brilliant; Skype managed to get a call through (impressive).

Security
From the point of view of eavesdropping, Skype is more secure than a traditional landline.
 
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5 comments:

  1. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 4.8 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    - General fixes and improvements
    - Improvements to video and voice call stability over a mobile data or WiFi connection.
    - Receive more detailed notifications in the Notification Center.
    - All chats now appear in the correct order.

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  2. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 4.9 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    - Video messaging is now free and unlimited.
    - Audio and video call stability improvements.
    - Share photos more reliably.

    ReplyDelete
  3. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 4.10 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Call quality improvements
    - Make HD quality video calls from your iPhone 5.
    - General improvements to call quality and stability.

    ReplyDelete
  4. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 4.12 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    - Join group voice calls from your iPhone
    - Voice and video call quality improvements.
    - Accessibility improvements.
    - Dial pad improvements.
    - Get help by accessing FAQs from the app.

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  5. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 4.13.1 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    General fixes and improvements

    ReplyDelete

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