Skype launched a new version of their iPhone app which enables you to make and receive free Skype video calls on your Apple iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. The new version of the Skype app for iPhone can be downloaded for free in the App Store in iTunes.
Credit: wiu.eduSkype is a software application that enables users to make voice calls over the internet. Skype runs on a number of platforms, including Windows, Mac and Linux for desktops and laptops, Android, Symbian, Windows and iPhone operating systems for mobile devices and there are also Skype-enabled Samsung- and Panasonic TVs.
Calls to other people using Skype are free. For a fee, using a debit-based user account system, calls to mobile phones and landline telephones can be made.
Skype has become one of the most popular software applications to make calls over the internet, also because of its additional features which include instant messaging, file transfer, and video conferencing.
Approximately 25 million people are signed into Skype at any given time and are used for personal activities as well as business activities. You can call the volume of international traffic routed via Skype significant. Skype has become the largest international voice carrier, with a share of 13% of the international call market in 2010.
Skype App for iPhone
With the Skype app for iPhone you can make and receive free Skype video calls on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. The app works over wireless internet connections as well as 3G connections. Skype for iPhone is one of the top five free iPhone apps in 2010.
The new Skype iPhone app is compatible with a number of devices with iOS 4.0 or above: iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPod touch 4th generation. It is also possible to receive video calls on your iPad or your iPod Touch 3rd generation. Besides making calls to other Apple devices, it is also possible to make phone calls to desktops, laptops and other devices using Skype for Windows 4.2 and above, Skype for Mac 2.8 and above, Skype for Linux and the ASUS videophone. Desktop Skype users on Windows and Mac can share a view of their computer screen with Skype users on iPhone.
The new Skype version needs approximately 600 kilobits per second of upload and downloads bandwidth to avoid sacrificing video quality.
Skype for Android
One of the big competitors in the mobile devices marketplace for the iPhone is Google's Android platform. Skype is working hard on an Android version with the same functionality as the Skype app for iPhone.
It looks like other smartphone systems are on hold for Skype video calls, because of lack of demand.
Skype App for iPhone vs Apple FaceTime
In 2010 Apple launched FaceTime, video calling software developed by Apple for iPhone 4 and the fourth generation iPod Touch. A lot of features of the Skype for iPhone app you can also find in FaceTime, but the big difference is that the Skype app can do this over WiFi-networks as well as 3G networks, while FaceTime can only do this over wireless internet connections.
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