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App Review: Official Skype App Released, VOIP For Everyone.

by Rob   on April 1, 2009
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Utility

skype openning square 150x150 App Review: Official Skype App Released, VOIP For Everyone.The official Skype app for iPhone was released yesterday with much fanfare around the interwebs. So we took the app for a little test drive.

Upon launch you are presented with the typical Skype list of contacts. From here you can select a contact from the list and initiate a chat conversation or voice call. When you select the “Chats” button, you will be given all open chat windows.  The “Call” button allows you to make a call to any US phone number (Skype Out), providing you have purchased Skype credits.

Our call tests revealed that the app worked very well.  We called a computer from an iPhone and then we called the iPhone (app running on an iPhone) from an iPod Touch 2nd Gen (headphones with mic required).  The app was responsive and voice quality was excellent in all circumstances.  In all, we were very impressed with the quality of the calls for Skype to Skype calling.  While we never tested Skype to land line phone calling, we assume that it’s quality is also excellent.  If you’re not familiar with Skype, calling a real phone line or receiving calls from one requires Skype credit and then calling rates apply.

Unfortunately, under the current iPhone firmware there is no receiving calls unless the app is running (background notifications, anyone?) and VOIP calls are not supported over cellular data connections (EDGE/3G).  So, you will have to be on a WiFi network to send or receive calls.  However, 9to5mac.com claims that under iPhone OS 3.0 that VOIP calls indeed do work over 3G  and states that the call quality (3G to 3G) may even surpass AT&T’s.  They have a video posted to show the app working over 3G on OS 3.0.

In all, we’ve been pretty impressed with the Skype app.  It works great on our iPhone and 2nd Gen iPod Touch and is a great addition to our permanent apps list.

Skype is FREE in the iTunes App Store.

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